I am writing this after having just left the city of Pingdu, China, one of the cities where Lottie Moon served. Southern Baptists know well the name of that little, feisty missionary who served so faithfully the Chinese people until she died on a ship in the Port of Kobe, Japan on December 24, 1912. She became seriously ill at the end of her life, quit eating, and died, some reports say, at a mere 50 pounds. Her life was filled with hardships and suffering. Often she labored for Christ all alone. She is legendary for her chastisement of men whom she said should be there in China doing the work she was having to do!
Lottie Moon’s home is no longer there in Pingdu. Neither is the church she was part of. However, located between towering apartment buildings on both sides still are the ruins of the Warren Memorial Hospital. Lottie gave her own money to help build this hospital. She also served the suffering in that hospital when the Chinese Revolution broke out in 1911. Others had fled but Lottie Moon stayed.
As I stood looking at the ruins of Warren Memorial Hospital in Hwanghsein (another name for Pingdu), now only a large shell of a building, I was surrounded by nearly a dozen believers who lived in the area of Pingdu. My heart was deeply moved by the fact that they came to see us because they know of the small Baptist “biscuit lady” named Lottie Moon! Yes, that is how they remember her!! One Chinese brother said that his family could trace their Christian origins back to the ministry of Lottie Moon! Though the hospital she helped build and later served in for a brief time now lies in ruins, her legacy and the work of Southern Baptists is alive and well in this part of China. Praise the Lord! Her work and the work of Southern Baptists continues to this day!
As I tried to take all of this in my heart was overwhelmed with emotion. Various thoughts raced through my head. Trying as best I can to get a handle on all of this, I share just a few reflections that are prayers to and praises of our God and what He continues to do in China.
- Dear Jesus, thank You for Southern Baptist like Lottie Moon who love You so much they will leave the comforts of home and go to the ends of the earth to share Your wonderful gospel. They gladly die to self that others might live.
- Dear Lord Jesus, thank You that Your Word is powerful and it bears fruit and endures forever. Brothers and sisters in Pingdu are a witness to that.
- Thank You, Lord Jesus, that Southern Baptist Churches came together to give the necessary financial resources so that Lottie Moon and others could go then and can go today.
- Thank You, Lord Jesus, that the work Lottie Moon did 100 years ago is still bearing much fruit today! I wonder if she can see from heaven how You have used her!
- Thank You, Lord Jesus, that when Your people come together to pray for the nations and give to reach the nations You do SO MUCH MORE through us than any one of us could do alone.
- Thank You, Lord Jesus, that though a hospital Southern Baptists built now lies in ruins, Your church in China is alive, vibrant and growing.
- Thank You, Lord Jesus, that because Your work in China and the rest of the world is an “unfinished task,” we can today join our hands with Yours in “finishing the task” of getting Your gospel to every tribe, tongue, people and nation. Please, by Your grace and for Your glory, raise up more Lottie Moons to go. And precious Savior, raise up more men and women like Gaius in 3 John who give generously (v. 8) that the Lottie Moons, and Bill Wallaces and thousands of others can go.
Lottie Moon once wrote, “I am immortal until my work is done.” That was true for her and that is true for us. So, let’s keep working because there is still work for Southern Baptists to do.