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(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