Saturday, February 19, 2011

Horse-tooth Hike

So today (since it's Saturday), my family and I went up to Horse-tooth Mountain. Have you ever seen Horse-tooth? In the picture below, you can see the mountain in the top right corner.

It really looks like a giant horse-tooth! Isn't that cool? Well, we had an awesome hike, and I did get a little dizzy at the Horse-tooth falls. What was funny is that we went to the falls and it was all frozen! Hee hee. God must love rocks, because we saw rocks everywhere! Some were granite and quartz mixed. Well, I have to go now, but one message: GOD ROCKS!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

How Great Thou Art

O Lord I stand in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great thou art, How great thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
How great thou art, How great thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Chinese European: Hudson Taylor

(This is for my creative writing class, but I learned to trust God through Hudson Taylor's life. I hope you do, too!)

Hudson Taylor was born to go to China. He was born in England in 1832 to James and Amelia Taylor, Methodist pastors. Hudson moved away from the beliefs of his parents as a youth, but when he was 17, Hudson read a pamphlet about Christ and professed faith in Jesus. Soon afterwards, the Lord called him to China. Twenty year old Hudson Taylor set sail, on his own, for Shanghai in September of 1853 and arrived there in March of 1854.

Hudson reached China and after working with the Mission Compound for a while, Hudson traded his English apparel for the Chinese clothes and pigtail. He was received much more readily and had the opportunity to go further inland with a friend. By 1857, Hudson had left the Mission Compound and moved to Ningbo, China. Along with four other men, he started what was called the “Ningpo Mission”.

A year later, Hudson married and returned to England with his new wife, because of health related issues. While in his native land, Hudson used his time wisely, raising money and support from other friends and family. God told Hudson to begin the China Inland Mission. At first, Hudson did not want to be responsible for any employee’s lives, but God quickly let him know that He would be responsible, not the young man. Reassured, Hudson prayed for twenty-four diligent employees, which God provided. After establishing the mission, they set sail and returned to China.

In 1870, Hudson’s first wife died from malaria, but he still trusted God. Hudson remarried a year later, and the couple began to open missions in inland China. The Taylor family traveled back and forth from England to China because of health issues and such, and in 1902 Hudson Taylor formally resigned from the Director’s position. Two years later, while in Switzerland, his second wife died of cancer, and in 1905 he died in his sleep at home in China.

Hudson Taylor was an amazing missionary, and many Christians have followed his example to give up everything and follow God (such as Eric Liddell, Amy Carmichael, and Jim Elliot). Currently, the China Inland Mission (now the Overseas Mission Fellowship) is still helping the Chinese people.

P.S. Next Amazing Missionary: Amy Carmichael