Moon, Charlotte "Lottie"
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12/12/1840  - 12/24/1912
Charlotte "Lottie" Moon was born and raised on a Virginia plantation. She graduated from Albemarle Female Institute in 1861 with a master’s degree in classics, which helped develop linguistic skills that would later serve her in China. Despite spending some time as a teacher in Georgia after the Civil War, she desired to be a foreign missionary and traveled to China in 1873. She initially taught in a children’s school, but eventually focused her efforts on evangelism and church-planting. Her work in P’ing-tu (1889) was considered one of the greatest Baptist evangelistic efforts at the time. Her dedication to China led to her death. After giving food supplies to needy families during a famine in China, she died of starvation on Christmas Eve 1912.

Southern Baptists consider Moon a "patron saint" for her missionary work. The Lottie Moon Christmas offering continues to garner millions of dollars annually for mission work.
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Lottie Moon portrait- Wikimedia Commons
Additional Resources
Book/Journal Source(s)
Reid, Daniel, Robert Linder, Bruce Shelley, and Harry Stout, 1990. Dictionary of Christianity in America. Downers Grove, IL.
Web Page Contributor
Paul Matzko
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in History

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