HudsonTaylor was born in 1832 in Barnsley England. His parents wereChristians, and this formed the basis of his Christian faith. Hisfather was a good preacher. Winter and Hawthorne emphasize thatChristian should come into God’s Kingdom through religion and birth(Winter et al. 1999)1. Hudson loved God from a very tender age and by by the time hereached 17, he was already inspired to start evangelization. Helearned the Chinese language by reading Luke’s gospel which waswritten in Mandarin dialect. He also knew Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.In 1853, there was a rebel group in China, and this provoked the CESto send Taylor to cool them down. Upon arrival at Shanghai in March1854, he was confronted with war and many people were suffering.During and after the war, he saved many lives while working amissionary doctor. He observed the the Biblical teachings found inProverbs 19:17, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,and he will repay him for his deed.”2 He used all his money on the poor and believed that God was going torepay him. He became a member of the Chinese Evangelization Society(CES) in 1825(Hy 2016)3.
Winterand Hawthorne in their book state that cross-cultural ministry can bechallenging (Winter et al. 1999)4.Hudson defied this odds and founded the China Inland Mission. Hespent 51 years spreading the word of God through activeevangelization. He is the proprietor to over 800 missionaries and 125schools. Throughout his time as an evangelist, he met many preacherslike George Muller, who worked with him in China. He got married toMaria and was blessed with four children. Consequently, he facedfinancial and spiritual breakdowns during his mission. However, aswinter and Hawthorne state, with adequate faith, a man of God canovercome all obstacles against him (Winter et al. 1999)5. He succeeded and the time of his death, Hudson Taylor’s church had125,000 Chinese Christians.
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1 Winter, Ralph D., Steven C. Hawthorne, Darrell R. Dorr, D. Bruce Graham, and Bruce A. Koch, eds. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: Reader. William Carey Library Pub, 1999.
2 Bible, K. J. (2015). King James Bible Online.
3 Pickering, Hy. "Hudson Taylor Missionary China – Conversion to Christ – Worldwide Missions – Wholesome Words." Wholesomewords.Org. Last modified 2016. Accessed September 14, 2016. http://www.wholesomewords.org/missions/biotaylor9.html.
4 Winter, Ralph D., Steven C. Hawthorne
5 Winter, Ralph D., Steven C. Hawthorne, Darrell R. Dorr, D. Bruce Graham, and Bruce A. Koch, eds. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: Reader. William Carey Library Pub, 1999.