Lottie Moon is a name I’ve heard since I was a little girl. Growing up in a Southern Baptist church, December was not only a time to celebrate the birth of Christ, but to celebrate the life of a woman who encouraged churches to pray and give to mission efforts. Today, many of our churches still focus on giving to international missions during the holiday season, but I wonder how many of our young people are familiar with Lottie’s story. 

Last Saturday my daughter and I had the privilege of sharing missions with 100 Girls in Action at an annual Lottie Moon Christmas Tea. Gina McKean, the children’s minister at Portland Avenue has coordinated this event for several years and includes all of the churches from Capital Association. These little girls were precious and we had a blast! Gina is the type of woman who takes an idea and carries it out like none other. From the invitations to the food, to the mission project, to the craft, it was a morning that girls will remember for a long time. Here are some photos to give you a glimpse of how incredible it was.

 Our tea included food just right for little girls–peanut butter and jelly, eggroll, oranges and yummy sweets.

 Chopsticks were given to each girl as an ornament and prayer reminder.

The program was Asian inspired and all the decorations had cherry blossoms.

We even painted a cherry blossom tea cup.

 

 

Girls love taking their picture with our life-size cutout of Lottie Moon. She really was that small!

During one portion of the morning, Gina gave the girls a “quiz” on their Lottie Moon knowledge. Courtney is a senior in high school and I discovered I haven’t done a very good job of sharing the Lottie story with my own daughter! When I told her that Lottie died on Christmas Eve from starvation, she couldn’t believe it. No one had told her about the sacrifice Lottie made so that the Chinese people could hear the news of Jesus. This really struck home because Courtney and I spent a week in East Asia this year and our hearts were touched by students who had never heard the simple words of John 3:16. To put it simply, Lottie’s work continues today. Out of the 1.6 billion people living in East Asia, more than 98 percent do not know Christ as their Savior. Many of them work in factories where Christmas ornaments and lights are produced, but very few understand the story behind the decorations.

I’m grateful for the work of Lottie, but I’m more grateful to Southern Baptist missionaries who continue to share the hope of eternal life. I’m grateful to Southern Baptists for giving to the Cooperative Program and to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. I’m grateful that as believers we can be His Heart, His Hands and His Voice. What will you give this year to support international missions?

For more information about Lottie’s life or this year’s offering, visit www.imb.org.