J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) was an English Missionary to China. At an early age, Hudson Taylor felt a calling from God to bring the Gospel to the Chinese people. In 1853, at the age of 21, he made his first missionary journey to China. In 1865, he founded the China Inland Mission (CIM). At the time of Hudson Taylor’s death, CIM had been blessed with 205 stations and 849 missionaries in China. Hudson Taylor’s life was marked by deep concern for the souls in China who had never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and by an unshakable confidence in the faithfulness of God. During his life he repeatedly told others, “Depend upon it. God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supplies”.
“At home you can never know what it is to be alone – absolutely alone, amidst thousands, as you can in a Chinese city, without one friend, one companion, everyone looking on you with curiosity, with contempt, with suspicion or with dislike. Thus to learn what it is to be despised and rejected of men – of those you wish to benefit, your motives not understood . . . and then to have the love of Jesus applied to your heart by the Holy Spirit . . . this is worth coming for.”J. Hudson Taylor