In 1873, a tiny woman left her wealthy Virginia home, her cultured environment, and her fine education to sail to China to teach the Word of God. She had become a Christian at the age of 18 and God had so taken hold of her heart that she simply could not avoid His call. At the age of 33, she sailed for China. There, she was affectionately known as “The Heavenly Book Woman.” She was known in other ways, too. She was sometimes called “the foreign devil.” But she persevered and made her way into the hearts of the Chinese people. She began baking cookies, using a recipe for “plain tea cake.” And the sweet aroma of the cookies proved impossible to resist. She began to earn the trust of her neighbors. And she began to teach. It was a long, long process. But, eventually, she was able to tell people in China about the love of Jesus.
Her name was Lottie Moon. The entire time she was in China, she was pleading with Christians back in America to come and help her with her work. And some did. But she never quite understood why the call to come and serve – where the need was so great – wasn’t being heard by more people. Or, if it was being heard, she couldn’t understand why it wasn’t being answered.
Ultimately, Lottie Moon gave her all to the people of China. After forty years of service, she died of starvation and illness. But for forty years, she was blessed with the priceless opportunity to walk with God in service – the priceless opportunity to tell people about the love of Jesus. She did not regret a single sacrifice she made.
Even today, God’s people are willing to go as God calls. Today, we know some people just like that – people who travel the world to share the love of God.
And it just might be possible that God is calling others to go.
Have you experienced God’s love? If you have, then you too have a story to tell.
May we all have the courage to respond to God’s call.