A Southern Baptist Missionary to China in History and Legend
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
Series: Southern Biography Series
The open defiance of authority expressed in the quotation above was notable in the writing of a female missionary, certainly. But this was not any missionary. This was the Southern Baptist icon Charlotte “Lottie” Moon, who had left for China in 1873 and, as I remembered, had starved herself to death...
01 "A Girl of the Old South": 1840-1873
Today Charlotte Digges “Lottie”1 Moon lives on the popular imagination of millions of Southern Baptists across the United States and around the world, yet her popularity is difficult to explain to those outside the Southern Baptist subculture. How did a nineteenth-century missionary who died quietly in...
02 "Responsible to God and Not to Man": 1873-1885
Lottie Moon made the journey across the continent and the Pacific in the company of her friend Anna C. Safford and an entourage of Presbyterian missionaries bound for the Far East. After a brief stop in Japan, the group reached Shanghai in late September 1873. Moon’s seasickness did not lessen her enthusiasm or her...
03 The "Disorderly" Walk: 1886-1891
By 1886, Lottie Moon had completely abandoned the “woman’s work for woman” policy that had allowed her to receive an appointment as a Southern Baptist missionary. She renounced the strictures of her culture and the assumptions that prevented her from living and evangelizing...
04 Creating a Female Public: 1889-1899
The Woman’s Missionary Union began advertising the Christmas offering for North China only months after forming in 1888. Their first collection allowed the Foreign Mission Board to send three women to Shantung province, but Lottie Moon would not leave China for three more years. Although her...
05 Creating the "Lottie Moon Story": 1900-1912 and Beyond
From 1890 to 1900, the Southern Baptists in Shantung province continued to recover from the losses that resulted from the Gospel Mission debacle. During this period, circumstances in China began to change markedly as well. In 1891, organized antimissionary violence erupted in southern China, and in 1895,...