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Who was Lottie Moon? 

The question has come up, why has Lottie Moon become the centerpiece of the Southern Baptist’s Christmas mission offering?  Each year, this same season, if you visit or attend a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) church, you can count on hearing about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO).  But what makes Lottie Moon so special that she became the namesake of the annual missions offering?  

Several books have been written about Lottie Moon, so in an attempt to give you the condensed version I went to the International Mission Board web site and discovered lots of information about Lottie Moon. 

Martin Van Buren was President of the United States when Lottie was born in Albemarle County, Virginia on December 12, 1840.  Growing up in the pre-Civil War south, she was not interested in going to church, or following Jesus, but when she went off to Albemarle Female Institute, the female counterpart to the University of Virginia, she listened, and heard Jesus calling.  In 1858 she dedicated her life to the Lord at the First Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virgina. After completing college Lottie taught school in Kentucky, Georgia, and Virginia.   

In 1872, Lottie’s sister, Edmonia Moonwent to Tengchow, China. The following year, Lottie was appointed to the mission field, and joined her sister there. When she set sail for China, Lottie was 32 years old. She had turned down a marriage proposal and left her job, home and family to follow God’s lead. Her path wasn’t typical for an educated woman from a wealthy Southern family. God had gripped her with the Chinese peoples’ need for a Savior. 

Lottie served 39 years as a missionary, mostly in China’s Shantung province. She taught in a girls’ school and often made trips into China’s interior to share the good news with women and girls.    

Initially, people feared and rejected her, but she refused to leave. The aroma of fresh-baked cookies drew people to her house. She adopted traditional Chinese dress, and she learned China’s language and customs. Lottie didn’t just serve the people of China; she identified with them. Many eventually accepted her. And some accepted her Savior. 

Lottie Moon was passionate about people knowing Christ. She didn’t hesitate to speak her mind. 

She died at age 72 in Japan aboard a ship returning to the United States.  

In 1918 the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) named the annual Christmas offering for international missions after the woman who had urged them to start it. 

Today’s China is a world of rapid change. It’s home to 1.4 billion individuals – one-fifth of the world’s population. Village dwellers flock to trendy megacities with exploding populations. And China holds its own in the world’s economy. It’s very different from the vast farmland Lottie Moon entered in the 1800s. But one thing hasn’t changed: China’s need for a Savior. 

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God is good. God is good always, and with that FBCW kicked off its Upward Soccer Ministry after a one year break. This year our ministry served over 123 boys and girls from kindergarten through 8th grade. We had six divisions: Shining Starts, Kindergarten, first grade, second and third grade, fourth and fifth grade and sixth grade through eighth grade. Our Upward ministry is one of the only in the area to offer teams for seventh and eighth graders. The season consisted of three weeks of practice followed by eight weeks of games, played on Saturday mornings from August 26 through October 14. All games and practices were held at LINC, located at 9 Love Park Lane in Wentzville. Special thanks to LINC for allowing us to use their fields.

Upward’s motto is to, “Play With Purpose.” Our ministry’s purpose is to share the grace and love of Jesus Christ through the game of soccer. There can be no greater purpose. The soccer training program is modeled after the training program approved by the US Soccer Association. A typical training session is based on a specific skill set with games and activities geared to introduce the player to the concept. Players are then given as many opportunities as possible to practice that new skill individually, in pairs and in game-like situations. At the midpoint of each practice, coaches lead a five to ten-minute devotion, which introduces a trait the Bible teaches us to follow. The goal during devotions is a conversation. Sometimes this is the first time a child is hearing the word. Coaches are key in modeling a Christ-like manner and attitude. It is true discipleship. We were blessed this season to have many Christ-like coaches.

Some will say: “Dude, its just soccer.” “Its just a bunch of moms and dads running around on a field with a ball.” “Do they even score in soccer?”. It really is much more than that. Through soccer, we get the opportunity to introduce the word of God to kids and show how His word can make a difference in their play, and more importantly their lives. But we are not just reaching kids. We get a chance to introduce the Word to their parents, guardians, grandparents, extended family and friends. This opportunity is overt during half-time devotions on game days, but also through the work of the volunteers making the ministry possible.

I’m thankful God gave me the opportunity to be a part of this ministry. I’m even more grateful for the men and women he led to help make this ministry happen. I can’t wait for next year!

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