Gospel Pioneer to China
In 19th-century England, James and Amelia Taylor famously prayed, “Dear God, if you should give us a son, grant that he may work for you in China.” Their son, James Hudson Taylor, would go on to become the most influential missionary of the modern missionary movement. Taylor totally changed the way that missionaries worked with indigenous peoples, setting an example that they continue to follow to this day.
His pioneering work in China led to the explosive growth of the modern Chinese church. This is the exciting story of a soul consecrated to God’s service. Journey with Taylor as he immerses himself in the vibrant local culture and comes to identify with those he served on the mission field—and be inspired to take a new approach to witnessing for Christ in your own life.
Vance Christie has written an excellent biography of one of the greatest missionaries of all time. His lively style captures the drama, the danger, and the dedication of this “little” man whose faith in God enabled him to accomplish so much. Readers of all ages will be enthralled by the story of God’s remarkable work in and through Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission, which Chinese Christians today gladly acknowledge as essential to the growth of perhaps the largest church on earth.
About the Author
Vance Christie is a pastor and author best known for vivid retelling of missionary stories. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska and has previously written for the Heroes of the Faith series. Vance has also written biographies of Andrew Murray, Adoniram Judson, and a collection of biographies for women titled Women of Faith and Courage.
Table of Contents
- A Brush With Death
- Christian Heritage and Conversion
- “Then Go for Me to China”
- First Tests of Faith
- Further Training in London
- A Perilous Voyage to China
- A Distressful Beginning in China
- Living Among the Chinese
- First Evangelistic Journeys
- Some Radical Changes
- Further Providential Guidance
- Difficulties in Ningpo
- Joined in Marriage and Ministry
- A New Mission Founded
- Progress and Problems
- “Save Life! Save Life!”
- Strength through the Darkest Days
- The Growth of the Mission
- Trusting to the End