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Lottie Moon Missionary Offering
Who is Lottie Moon and why is the special Christmas mission offering named after her?
In 1873, a call to missions was not extended to women except as missionary wives. But Lottie felt her calling “as clear as a bell” so this resulted in Lottie being appointed for the Mission field and in July, 1873, she set sail for China. For 39 years Lottie labored chiefly in Tengehow and P’ingtu. To say that Lottie Moon achieved a few things during her missionary career would be quite an understatement. She led in the campaign to end the torturous practice of bound feet and suggested the idea of a furlough for missionaries. Her influence helped establish Womans’ Missionary Union and inspired other mission pioneers to join her on the field.
She suggested that the week before Christmas would be an appropriate time to give to missions since it was a festive season when friends and family exchange gifts in memory of The Gift laid on the altar of the world for the redemption of the human race. The offering was taken in 1888 to send Lottie help in P’ingtu. In 1918, Womans’ Missionary Union named the annual Christmas offering for international missions after Lottie Moon who had urged them to begin. Lottie died aboard ship in the Japanese harbor of Kobe on her way to get medical care on December 14, 1912.
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering remains the lifeline for missions overseas. One-hundred percent of the offering goes to the overseas mission budget. About 3/4th of the budget helps support missionaries. This pays for their language study, travel and other items to make their ministries possible. It also pays for more basic needs: their salaries, their food, their rent as well as putting their children through school. It does all these things so the missionaries won’t have to work one or more extra jobs just to survive overseas. It preserves their calling by allowing them to devote themselves full time to their individual ministries.
Today the offering supports the work of more than 5,100 missionaries throughout the world!