Lottie Moon died aboard ship in the harbor at Kobe, Japan, December 24, 1912. By Japanese law, her body was cremated. Bettie Fowlkes, an old friend of Lottie’s, tried to capture in a poem the meaning of her labor and well-deserved rest: “But this we know, what master so employeth life as with life’s Truth, its pupils to inspire, doth do a work immortal…Sleep well, beloved worker…Rest safe, dear ashes here; thy friends are near.” The words are preserved on Moon’s headstone in Crewe, Virginia. (From “A Journey of Faith and Sacrifice: Retracing the Steps of Lottie Moon,” Chapter 7, p. 100, 1996).

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