Understanding Prosocial Leadership
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Charlotte Digges “Lottie” Moon risked her life - a duty to her faith. She was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia by her parents Edward Harris and Anna Maria Barclay. In 1858, Lottie she was converted to Christianity and this changed her life's direction. Baker stated that she “was stirred by the obvious need of the Gospel and the missionary imperative of the Bible to leave for fields of service far from her home” (Baker 2009).
She became a missionary in China for 40 years. At the end of her mission trip, the town in China was stricken with famine and diseases. Lottie Moon asked her mission board to send more resources to help the people, but they didn’t have any funds. She risked her (mental and physical) health and gave all of her own resources to aid the people in need. When the mission board got an update from her they were notified that she only weighed 50 pounds, they sent someone to bring her back to the United States. She died in route on December 24, 1912 in Kobe, Japan.
Sheis an example of a prosocial leader because she gave all of her resources to help people without thinking about the personal consequences. She did not do it for public acknowledgment , she simply cared for the community. Her legacy is recognized by a yearly Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. The Christmas offering stated in 1918, a women union started the annual offering, which contributes to the Southern Baptist International Mission funding.
Submitted by: Kartia Coffey