Paul Kim: It Is Now Our Turn to Reach the World With the Gospel

The reconstructed home of missionary Lottie Moon is displayed in Mathena Hall on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, providing visitors a better sense of her sacrificial service in China’s Shantung Province.

“Lottie” Moon was born in Albemarle County, Va., on Dec. 12, 1840. In 1873 she was appointed by the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) as a missionary to China. She spent 39 years there as a missionary until her death at the age of 72 on Dec. 24, 1912, onboard a ship in Kobe Harbor, Japan.

She was on her way home to the States due to her poor health, but God took her home to heaven to rest, reflecting the words of Jesus: “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21).

Because of her faithful service to her Lord, she left a legacy of sacrificial teaching and evangelizing during a critical period for the Gospel in China. Being an exemplary missionary, her name was immortalized by Southern Baptists through the establishment of the annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, which supports the International Mission Board’s global mission efforts.

When I served as an IMB trustee from 1996-2006, I learned so much about her life and why the Lottie Moon Offering is so significant for the SBC. In spring 2009, a friend who had moved to China in 1989 shared with me about his work there. We visited a number of Southern Baptist churches to give testimony to what God was doing in China, and during one of the stops in Texas we met Mike Smith of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention who also had served as an IMB trustee and, like me, had studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Smith, now president of Jacksonville College in Texas, wondered what it would take to transport Lottie Moon’s household items, including the precious guest book, back to the States. When he told us about a trip he had made to Ping’du, China, where Lottie Moon had lived, both my friend and I had no idea where that was. But Dr. Smith put his trust in us and asked whether we could offer logistical help in moving Lottie Moon’s belongings from Ping’du.

This was how the project to bring Lottie Moon’s household items to Southwestern Seminary was born. In December 2009, her belongings from China came to the Fort Worth, Texas, campus in a large cargo container as a gift from my home church, Antioch Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass.

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Source: Baptist Press