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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Lottie Moon Skit
by Ann Knowles
Scene 1 The stage has been decorated like the deck of a ship.
(The fog horn
blows and the lights come up on Lottie standing at the railing of the ship. She is dressed in clothing appropriate for her era.)
Lottie:God, I am finally on my way to China! I
certainly never thought I’d be doing this. Back in Virginia, growing up with my
sisters and brothers on that big plantation
. . .such a thing never crossed my
mind. As a matter of fact. . .I was probably the most unlikely person to ever
become a missionary!
I got into so much
trouble and mischief as a girl. . .My parents would never have dreamed I'd be a missionary one day.
Instead. . . there’s no
telling what I may have ended up doing or being with all my education and
As a girl. . I imagined
and entertained grand ideas of where my studies in Greek and Hebrew and French
might take me. . .not to mention my Spanish and Italian.
Funny. . .now that I
think back—that very Sunday back in Virginia, when I was 18 years old...that
moment when I asked Jesus to come into my heart and be my Savior
. . .that very
moment. . .God knew that He had prepared me through my studies in languages. .
.that He would use me to take the message that His Son Jesus had lived and died
and was raised again—to draw all men. . .and women, and boys and girls to Him.
. .to take that wonderful news to the Chinese people!
(Lottie is walking around in her
room—hands on her head as she starts to talk about her frustration with her
work in China.)
It’s just so
frustrating! Trying to teach 40 boys. . .and most of them don’t care; they don't want to learn. Besides
that, most of the other mission work is being done by the married men who are
missionaries. They will only allow women to work with women and children! So
sometimes I feel like I’m just wasting my time! I’m just sure that God has
brought me here to bring the light of Jesus to the Chinese people. . .and to
start new churches.
One thing is for sure. .
. these past ten years have made me come to love the Chinese people. They
are so wonderful. I used to think the Chinese people were inferior
.but the truth is. . .they have taught me so many things.
I wear their clothes
now. . . speak their language. . .and I am trying to learn all I can about
their culture! They are really beginning to warm up to me. . .and most of them
seem to love and respect me.
But there are so many
here who don’t know Jesus. . .and there are so few of us to tell them. I wish
there were a thousand of me to give to China. I just love these people with all
my heart and I want them to know about Jesus.
is sitting at her desk preparing to write a letter home. She says the words as
Today is my birthday—I’m
45—my, how time flies! I have the best birthday present possible. I have moved
to the interior to P’ingtu and my new assignment is full-time evangelism. This
is what I have waited for since the day I got here. There is so much to be done
and so few to do it. The Methodists women are doing a great work here. Last
year they raised $66,000 for missions. I asked a dear Methodist friend the
other day how they raised so much money in one year. She said it was done
through prayer and self-denial. So I’m asking everyone to pray every evening
for six months for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Women’s Missionary
Society. Then I think we should take an offering for missions around Christmas
time. That’s the season when God gave His greatest gift, Jesus. It’s also the
time when families and friends exchange gifts. It just seems like the
appropriate time for us to give a portion of what God has blessed us with to
spread the good news about the Savior to the whole world. Don’t you agree? I
think it will be positively wonderful to take the missions offering as we
celebrate the birth of Jesus.
children come up and call out:“Miss Lottie. Miss Lottie.”
I hear the children
calling me. They probably smelled the cookies baking. When the children learn
to love and trust me, they take me to their homes to meet their parents and
that gives me a chance to tell them about Jesus. So the children and I are
leaves her letter, picks up a plate of cookies and goes to meet the children.
She sits down with them and shares her cookies. During this time the young
people give out “Lottie cookies” to the congregation.)
Lottie: I will teach you to sing a song about
teaches the children to sing “Jesus Loves Me” in Chinese and English.
Ye Su ay wo. . .This I
For the Bible tells me so.
Little Ones to Him
They are weak, but He
Yes, Ye Su ay wo.
Yes, Ye Su ay wo.
Yes, Ye Su ay wo.
The Bible tells me so.
lights go out
* * * * ** * * *
You can end your
program here, or you can have someone speak about Lottie Moon, how she went on
to serve in China; how she died on the ship coming back to America. (She had
starved herself, giving her food to the Chinese people.) Tell about world
missions resulting from Lottie’s work. Tell about WMU, their vision and mission—how
WMU has sustained mission work around the world and given over three billion
dollars to missions. Half of all the money for International Missions comes to
the SBC through WMU’s Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. We need to continue
supporting WMU as they strive to carry out Lottie’s dream of taking the Good
News to all the world.
Proceed to the part of your program where you take the Lottie Moon Offering.