Thursday, August 25, 2011
Lottie Moon was one of the first single missionaries appointed by our denomination to the country of China - 1873 to 1912.
She gave her life to that work until she became very ill from malnutrition (sharing her food with her Chinese friends) and started home, only to die aboard ship in Japan. A Christmas time offering for world-wide missions was given her name and so remains today. Virginia portrays this lady very effectively to promote those offerings and the missionary spirit that is needed in every Christian's life. We love traveling with "Lottie".
George Mueller is our other "traveler". George was a Prussian who, after his conversion, moved to England to ultimately follow a call to begin the first Christian orphanage in that country which was experiencing many deaths from plagues, with resulting orphans with no care. He began the first home in 1835 and was still involved in it when he died in 1898. His claim to fame came because of his intense passion for prayer and his unswerving faith in God to provide for his needs and those of the children in his care. His challenge was to pray based on the mind and will of God. Studying and meditating upon God's will, maintaining an upright heart and conscience, not shrinking from that which tried his faith, and letting God be the redeemer were his well-used tools to discover God's mind. Yes, George is also a good traveling companion! As I step into his character, it is always my prayer that such character will stay with me when I remove the costume and return to my own century.
Pray for us as we travel to spread faith, prayer and missions to others who need such a call.
Be encouraged, my friends, in your faith, in your prayers, as you, too, move into a spirit of missions!