GREAT MEN OF FAITH

J Hudson Taylor Hudson Taylor
1832 - 1905
Praying... and receiving answers to prayer. This was what moved Hudson Taylor. It became the passion of his life and he learned to move men through God - by prayer. J. Hudson Taylor was an English missionary to China. In fact he was the first missionary to the interior of China where he became the Founder of the China Inland Mission which had an incredibly successful history. At the time of his death in 1905 the China Inland Mission comprised 205 stations with 849 missionaries, and 125,000 Chinese Christians. Also, during his time in China Hudson Taylor spent five years translating the New Testament into the Ningpo dialect.

Taylor was 15 years old when he first heard God call him to China. One December day, at the comfortable family home in Barnsley, Yorshire, England he heard the call from heaven. "Go for Me to China". He determined to obey, but in the ensuing months he took his first job and became side tracked by worldly pleasures and dubious friendships. By the age of 16 he was disappointed with life, having already had his fill of ungodly pleasures. His parents were very religious and Taylor dutifully attended church with them but he found it all very dull. In truth he hankered after a life of luxury where he could mix with the wealthy upper classes.

One day he was all alone at home and feeling rather bored. He looked around for something to read and came across a gospel tract. At that very moment, his mother who was seventy miles away, felt impressed to pray urgently for her son's salvation. As Taylor settled down to read the little tract his mother fell on her knees and cried out to God for his soul. The gospel message cut into the teenager's heart and that day he prayed his first ever prayer - and it was wonderfully answered. He was converted to Christ.

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