This past year Joy and I had the privilege of teaching missions at VBS. Each day we taught on a significant missionary. One of my favorite missionaries is Lottie Moon, who served in China for 39 years after the Civil War. On the day we taught about Lottie and her impact, we gave out over 120 Moon Pies! We reminded each class that every time they saw a Moon Pie they were to pray for and think about Lottie Moon. I know that sounds corny, but Joy and I had sooooo many parents stop us during the next week and share how their children recounted our teaching on Lottie Moon.
Traditionally December is the month where Southern Baptist take up the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. If you have not already prepared your church to do so, you still have time. The IMB has put together some great resources that can be found here. This offering goes directly to funding missionaries around the world.
Every December Joy and I take the opportunity in our home to teach about and celebrate the life of Lottie Moon. We intentionally teach our children about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, and together as a family pray about what sacrificial amount we will give for this offering. I have close friends who serve overseas as missionaries, we talk about how this offering provides resources for their ministries and families. What better time to talk about Kingdom sacrificial giving than during Christmas, when we are often consumed with what we are getting. Joy and I want to encourage you to lead your family and your church to participate in the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this December.
Here are two great resources for learning more about Lottie Moon. Danny Akin's book, "The 10 Who Changed The World", and the Lottie Moon, "Heart of a Rebel" video. I love history and I especially love the history of Southern Baptists in missions. Our prayer for our children is that when they hear stories like Lottie Moon's, they will be motivated to live for the Kingdom.
In Judges we have a clear warning about what happen's when we forget to pass on history and truth…we forget.
“And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10, ESV)
Don't forget this December is Tis The Season….to give to Lottie Moon:)