Category: Stories

Did You Know: So Grateful

In June 1849, 17 year old Hudson Taylor came to know Christ personally after reading a tract– out of boredom. Taylor “became…convinced that Jesus had done everything necessary for him, Hudson. There was nothing he himself needed but to accept the ‘finished work of Christ’….”.In the months after, Taylor was

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Did You Know: Sleepless in Shanghai

The Shanghai Bund, circa 1850. Hudson Taylor’s first year in China was an extremely difficult one, with “the cold, even the hunger, the times of watching, the sleepless nights of danger, and the feelings I had when I was alone and helpless”— as he recounted years later. Yet, God was

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Did You Know: All Onboard!

On September 30th 1866, a badly damaged London clipper ship the Lammermuir stumbled its way into the Shanghai harbour with Hudson and Maria Taylor, their 4 children and 16 new missionaries for China. Its arrival was the remarkable answer to many prayers. Prayer Card in English and Chinese for the

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Did You Know: Chinese ‘Disguise’

After Hudson Taylor first arrived in China, he made numerous preaching trips to Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. For his eighth trip, Taylor had special plans. The night before, he had his head shaved and his hair dyed in Haiyan. Then on Friday, August 24th, Taylor had a month’s hair growth

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Did You Know: Goodbye Maria

While giving birth to their ninth child in a China increasingly hostile towards foreigners, Hudson Taylor’s wife Maria contracted cholera. The newborn Noel was frail and Maria’s decline was also rapid. 13 days later, Noel died. And on July 23rd, just a few days after, Maria Taylor passed away.These losses

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Did You Know: Brighton Balm

On June 25th 1865, Hudson Taylor walked alone on Brighton beach in internal turmoil. In 1859, health reasons necessitated his return home to London from China. As ‘an invalid in London’, Taylor, together with his wife, compiled materials that eventually came together as the book China: Its Spiritual Need and

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Did You Know: This Month in 1857

A little over three years after Hudson Taylor’s arrival in China as the first missionary sent by the Chinese Evangelisation Society, Taylor resigned from the Society. He had known for some time that the Society was running a debt of more than £1000 pounds (the equivalent of USD$215,000 today). Remittances

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Did You Know: Opportunity to Evangelize China

When the Taiping Rebellion established its headquarters in Nanjing on March 19, 1853, Christians in Europe and America thought that it was a great opportunity to evangelize China. Caught up on the crest of such a tide, Hudson Taylor was ready to discontinue his medical studies and sail for China

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Did You Know: Hudson and Maria Taylor’s Wedding

Four days after Maria’s 21st birthday, on January 20, 1858, Hudson Taylor, wearing a Chinese dress and with a queue down his back, and Maria in her western gray silk dress and bridal veil were married at the British Consulate in Ningbo. The civil ceremony was witnessed by twenty-four friends

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