As an organization inspired by Hudson Taylor and seeking to tell his story, we also subscribe to Taylor’s posture as regards financing. For Taylor, even before he left England to serve in China, he resolved that his “only claim will be on God… to move men, through God, by prayer alone”. This translated into a modus operandi of “no solicitation of finances” that defined the China Inland Mission (CIM) Taylor founded– from its starting days in 1865 up to today.
We are also upfront about our current needs. The Hudson Taylor movie screenplay has been completed and we are now raising USD$7 million by the end of next year to start movie production. (A detailed breakdown of this USD$7 million budget is here). We have now raised around USD$1.5 million or 22% of this financial need. In more concrete terms, we need 5500 individuals or churches to give USD$1000 each to reach the goal.
So this month (or a little earlier for the Canadians in our midst), when many in North America are celebrating Thanksgiving and thinking about giving to others, this is what we would like to ask of you. Please, would you give joyfully, without any compulsion, if and anywhere God leads you to do so?
*Quotes about Hudson Taylor and CIM taken from Irene Chang et al (eds), Christ Alone. A Pictorial Presentation of Hudson Taylor’s Life and Legacy, OMF Hong Kong, 2005.