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Who is Lottie Moon, and why is the Christmas Offering named for her?



  1. Lottie was born in Virginia on December 12, 1840.

  2. Her name was Charlotte Digges Moon, but everyone called her “Lottie.”

  3. She was 4’9” tall.

  4. Before she became a Christian while in high school, Lottie missed required chapels 26 times.

  5. Lottie loved to pull pranks on others. Once, when what the “D” stood for in her middle name, she replied, “Devil.”

  6. Lottie was appointed to China as a missionary at age 33 and served there 39 years, primarily in Tengchow and Pingtu.

  7. She wore Chinese clothes and lived like her Chinese neighbors.

  8. Lottie had several nicknames in China—foreign devil, foreign lady teacher, heavenly book visitor, and the cookie maker. (Lottie baked cookies to win the hearts of the children and families who were frightened of her.)

  9. Lottie led in the campaign to end the practice of bound feet. The Chinese believed small feet made a woman more beautiful, so girl’s feet were bound tightly with cloth. Girls with bound feet could hardly walk, and infections, gangrene, and even death were common side effects of this practice.


While living in China, Lottie wrote letters to the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board) and to Baptist women. She asked for more missionaries and for money to grow her work on the Chinese.

Because of Lottie’s determination, WOM (formerly WMU) collected a Christmas Offering to give to the Foreign Mission Board. In 1919 it was suggested that the offering should be named for Lottie Moon.

Today, we still give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in honor of her work and sacrifice to keep our missionaries on the field.

One hundred percent of the offering goes to the missionaries, none to administration.


“Need it be said why the week before Christmas is chosen? Is not the festive season, when families and friends exchange gifts in memory of The Gift laid on the altar of the world for the redemption of the human race, the most appropriate time to consecrate a portion from abounding riches and scant poverty to send forth the good tidings of great joy into all the earth?”

Every Church. Every Nation.

We believe every church—and every church member—has a critical role to play in bringing the gospel to the world. Our church’s participation in the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is a key part of that.

Your Gifts Transform Lives

Because you and our church give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, IMB missionaries can take the gospel to unreached peoples around the world. Every dollar you give makes a difference, because 100% of the money collected goes to the work of reaching every nation.