Happy December 2ND friends! Today I am sponsoring a awesome cause that is true to my heart, The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. I have been raising money for Lottie Moon since I was yay high. I can remember back to when I was little and turning coffee cans into beautiful works of art to collect money in. I would give my mom the coffee can to take up to her beauty shop to display on the reception desk to let people make donations, it was a success.
We just recently joined our new church about three months ago and have loved it ever since. Well they have a Lottie Moon tradition that has been going on for years. They built little card slots with the letters a through z on them and you place your Christmas cards in the appropriate slot of the family's last name. You then tally up how much you would send in postage and donate it to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Neat right, I thought so. I also thought that I could give more too to the cause.
I am offering to donate half of my sales from my shop to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. So if you need any kind of stocking stuffer or pretty piece of jewelry head on over to http://www.littlesundaysstudio.etsy.com/
Here's a little history on Lottie Moon....... Charlotte Digges Moon, Lottie was her nickname and she was born on December 12 1840. She grew up on a 15 acre tobacco plantation called Viewmont in Albemarle County, VA. She was fourth in a family of five girls and boys. Lottie's father died when she was thirteen, in a riverboat accident. The Moon family valued education greatly. When Lottie was fourteen she went to the Baptist-affiliated Virginia Female Seminary and Albemarle Female Institute in Charlottsville, VA. In 1861 Lottie received one of the first Master of Arts degrees awarded to a woman by a southern institution. She spoke five languages : Latin, Greek, French, Italian and Spanish. She also was fluent in reading Hebrew. In the future she would be an expert at Chinese.
She was a spirited and outspoken girl, until her late teens. She attended a series of revivals on her college campus, where she would experience a spiritual awakening. John Broadus lead the revival's, he is one of the founders of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Lottie taught at female academies after she graduated college. She and her friend Anna Safford, opened Cartersville Female High School in Cartersville, Georgia. There she joined First Baptist Church and ministered to the poor and impoverished families of Bartow County Georgia.
Lottie's younger sister Edmonia accepted a call to go to North China as a missionary in 1872. Soon Lottie would feel the calling to follow her sister. On July 7, 1873, the Foreign Mission Board officially appointed Lottie as a missionary to China at age 33. She would dedicate her life to mission work from 1873 to her death on December 24 1912. She taught school in North China and then went on to missioning to people in their homes and villages. She would use her own money and food to help and mission to others.
So if you would like to keep our missionaries out in the field please donate to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Everyone needs to hear the Good News!
Until I blog again ~ Gal Molly