Meet Lottie Vyn Cowsert. Born May 26, 2014. 8lbs and 1/2 oz. You may be wondering, "How did she get her pretty name?".
Lottie - Lottie was named after the 19th century baptist missionary Lottie Moon. Moon grew up in Albamarle County Virginia just before the Civil War. Having become a Christian while studying at Hollins University, she followed her younger sister into the mission fields of China in 1873. Lottie would live in China for nearly 40 years. Her primary work was as an elementary school teacher and then as an evangelist to Chinese women. During her ministry she became an innovator, frequently writing to the states and calling for women to play a greater role in world mission. She also became an early advocate that foreign missionaries take a home furlough every ten years to lengthen the lives, ministry, and fruitfulness of Jesus' front line witnesses. Her greatest impact however, may have been her mobilization of Southern Baptist women to form missionary societies raising funds for world mission. She suggested the collection of pre-Christmas donations from all baptist churches. That collection is now over 100 years old and is the primary funding mechanism of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, an agency with nearly 5000 overseas missionaries. Moon's leadership, commitment, and passion for Jesus led us to consider "Lottie" for our daughter.
Vyn - Vyn is Katie's middle name. Also her mother's middle name, and her grandmothers, and was her great-grandmother's maiden name from Dutch origin. But more than that, Vyn is a godly lineage passed down through these wonderful women. God has graciously kept these women for himself, both on earth and in heaven and we are thrilled to honor God's faithfulness in a fifth generation of Vyn women.
Cowsert - Lottie was born in Radford, Virginia just like her great grandmother (Anne) was nearly 100 years ago. My great grandfather Stuart McCorkel was a Presbyterian minister in Radford before moving to Tenessee. Anne would marry another Presbyterian minister (one of her father's interns), my grandfather Charlie Cowsert and the two of them were in ministry for nearly 50 years. In just the last few years, it's become clear that God is still answering some of their prayers as he pursues me and my familly and draws us to himself. We are proud to be Cowserts and we're praying that God continues to extend his goodness to yet another generation of us!