Remembering Lottie Moon: It Cannot End at Kobe

Lottie Moon died 100 years ago on Christmas Eve, 1912, in the harbor of Kobe, Japan.

At the time Lottie was ill, malnourished from giving away her food, and absolutely worn out from her nearly 40 years of service in China.  She was en route home to America, but on this night, she was heading home, not to America, but to her heavenly home. 

There are several plays about Lottie Moon that are available on the IMB web site. One is entitled “It Cannot End at Kobe” and depicts the parallelism between the life of Lottie Moon and the present-day. The play impresses upon viewers that even as Lottie Moon could not give up when the odds seemed insurmountable, we cannot give up when challenged with the command to engage in Christian ministering and witnessing.

The following responsive reading is based on the closing narration of “It Cannot End at Kobe.”

Leader 1:       She died at Kobe, Lord,
All:                 But that took just a moment.
Leader 1:       She died at Kobe, Father,
All:                 And rested in that harbor.
Leader 1:       She died at Kobe, Lord,
All:                 But that’s not so important,
                        For she did not stay there long.

Leader 2:       She lived in China, Lord,
All:                 And that living took a lifetime.
Leader 2:       She lived in love, O Lord,
All:                 And that love gave life in dead spots.
Leader 2:       She lived with rigid purpose
All:                 And that fruit outlives a heartbeat.

Leader 3:       It cannot end at Kobe, Father,
All:                 There’s death that needs revival.
Leader 3:       It cannot end at Kobe, Lord,
All:                 Or death becomes the winner.
Leader 3:       It cannot end at Kobe, Lord,
All:                 Or love was borne in vain.

All:                 It cannot end at Kobe, Father,
                        But it will, Lord, if I let it.

Find dramas and skits about Lottie Moon at:
http://www.imb.org/main/give/page.asp?StoryID=5537&LanguageID=1709

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