Hudson Taylor: An Adventure Begins
In the Trailblazers Series!
Hudson Taylor and his sisters, Amelia and Louisa loved adventures. Together they explored the countryside as children – but childhood doesn’t last forever, and when Hudson was 21 years old, he left his home and country to travel halfway around the world, to China!
In this biography for youth, they will learn how his family felt, the dangers he faced, and most important of all, why he went to China in the first place: knowing that countless people there knew nothing of the Lord who said “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.”
Hudson was a huge pioneer of new ideas in missions! For instance, he was the first to suggest and try all of these:
He popularized—in the face of severe criticism at first—the now commonplace idea that missionaries should live and dress like the people they seek to evangelize.
When Taylor arrived in China in 1854, many Protestant missionaries were content to minister in the coastal cities. Taylor’s example of pushing into the vast interior of a country was one reason other missionaries began doing so as well.
Taylor—contrary to the mission conventions of his day—believed that single women were fully capable of managing distant mission outposts without the help of male missionaries.
Recommended Reading Level:
Read to me: age 7-8
Read myself: age 9-14
About the Author
Catherine Mackenzie has written several biographies for young teens in the Trailblazers series as well as other titles for younger children. She lives in Scotland and has several nieces and nephews – a perfect practice audience! Among her numerous books are: Gladys Aylward: Are you Going to Stop? and Martin Luther: What is the Truth? (both of which are part of The Little Lights Series).