By Regina D. Sullivan
Legendary Southern Baptist missionary Charlotte "Lottie" Moon performed a pivotal position in revolutionizing southern civil society. Her involvement within the institution of the Women's Missionary Union supplied white Baptist girls with an alternative technique of gaining and announcing strength in the denomination's organizational constitution and altered it endlessly. In Lottie Moon: A Southern Baptist Missionary to China in heritage and Legend Regina Sullivan offers the 1st entire portrait of "Lottie," who not just empowered girls but in addition encouraged the formation of 1 of the main influential non secular organisations within the United States.
Despite being the daughter of slaveholders in antebellum Virginia, Moon by no means lived the lifetime of a standard southern belle. hugely informed and stimulated via versions of self sufficient womanhood, together with an older sister who used to be a woman's rights recommend, an open opponent of slavery, and the 1st Virginian lady to earn a clinical measure, Moon her sister's lead and applied her vast schooling to effectively mix the language of woman's rights with the egalitarian impulse of evangelical Protestantism.
In 1873 Moon came across her real calling, even if, in missionary paintings in China. in the course of her tenure there she instructed that the week earlier than Christmas be certain as a time of giving to overseas missions. in accordance with her imaginative and prescient, millions of Southern Baptist girls geared up neighborhood missionary societies to assemble cash, and in 1888, the Woman's Missionary Union was once based because the Southern Baptist Convention's girl auxiliary for missionary work.
Sullivan credit Moon's position within the institution of the Woman's Missionary Union as having an important influence at the erosion of patriarchal strength and women's new engagement with the general public sphere. on account that her preliminary plea in 1888, the Missionary Union's annual "Lottie Moon Christmas supplying" has raised over 1000000000 cash to aid missionary work.
Lottie Moon captures the impression and culminating impact of 1 woman's own, non secular, and civic calling.