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.
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Vance E. Christie (MDiv, Grace Theological Seminary) is ordained in the Evangelical Free Church in America and is a member of EFCA Ministerial Association. He is the pastor of Aurora Evangelical Free Church in Aurora, Nebraska.
"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." - G. Wright Doyle, Director, China Institute and Global China Center, Co-author, China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society, Editor, Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity
"No other missionary in the nineteen centuries since the apostle Paul has had a wider vision and carried out a more systematized plan of evangelizing a broad geographical area than Hudson Taylor." - Ruth Tucker, author of From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Mission