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Hudson Taylor (1832 - 1905)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Hudson Taylor in text and pdf format. Was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China, and founder of the China Inland Mission (CIM) (now OMF International). Taylor spent 51 years in China. The society that he began was responsible for bringing over 800 missionaries to the country who began 125 schools and directly resulted in 18,000 Christian conversions, as well as the establishment of more than 300 stations of work with more than 500 local helpers in all eighteen provinces.

Taylor returned to England in 1883 to recruit more missionaries speaking of China's needs, and returned to China, working now with a total of 225 missionaries and 59 churches. In 1887 their numbers increased by another 102 with The Hundred missionaries, and in 1888, Taylor brought 14 missionaries from the United States. In the US he travelled and spoke at many places, including the Niagara Bible Conference where he befriended Cyrus Scofield and later Taylor filled the pulpit of Dwight Lyman Moody as a guest in Chicago. Moody and Scofield thereafter actively supported the work of the China Inland Mission of North America.

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Answers to Prayer
      The remarkable and gracious deliverance I have spoken of, was a great joy to me, as well as a strong confirmation of faith; but of course ten shillings, however economically used, will not go very far, and it was none the less necessary to continue in pra ... read more

Communion With Christ; Broken And Restored
      "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest we drift away from them." (Heb. 2:1). The experience of most of us, shows how easily communion with Christ may be broken, and how needful are the exhortations of o ... read more

Early Missionary Experiences
      On landing in Shanghai on 1st March 1854, I found myself surrounded with difficulties that were wholly unexpected. A band of rebels, known as the "Red Turbans," had taken possession of the native city, against which was encamped an Imperial army of from f ... read more

Exchanged Life
      "When my agony of soul was at its height a sentence in a letter was used to remove the scales from my eyes, and the Spirit of God revealed the truth of our oneness with Jesus as I had never known it before . . . ‘But how do you get faith strengthened? Not ... read more

J. Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret
      This is excerpted from the chapter on "The Exchanged Life" in Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor (London: China Inland Mission, 1955, pp. 110–116, et passim). J. Hudson Taylor, M.D. was a missionary to China, and the founder of ... read more

J. Hudson Taylor: God's Mighty Man of Prayer.
      J. Hudson Taylor 1832-1905 GOD'S MIGHTY MAN OF PRAYER by Eugene Myers Harrison* IN THE YEAR 1854 a sailing vessel was becalmed in the vicinity of New Guinea. Seeing the distressed look on the captain's face as he peered intently into the sea, a youn ... read more

Life in London
      I must not now attempt to detail the ways in which the Lord was pleased — often to my surprise, as well as to my delight — to help me from time to time. I soon found that it was not possible to live quite as economically in London as in Hull. To lessen ex ... read more

Mighty to Save
      Returning to London when sufficiently recovered to resume my studies, the busy life of hospital and lecture hall was resumed; often relieved by happy Sundays of fellowship with Christian friends, especially in London or Tottenham. Opportunities for servic ... read more

Preparation for Service
      Having now the twofold object in view of accustoming myself to endure hardness, and of economising in order to be able more largely to assist those amongst whom I spent a good deal of time labouring in the Gospel, I soon found that I could live upon very ... read more

Strengthened by Faith
      One day the doctor coming in found me on the sofa, and was surprised to learn that with assistance I had walked downstairs. "Now," he said, "the best thing you can do is to get off to the country as soon as you feel equal to the journey. You must rusticat ... read more

The Call to Service
      The first joys of conversion passed away after a time, and were succeeded by a period of painful deadness of soul, with much conflict. But this also came to an end, leaving a deepened sense of personal weakness and dependence on the Lord as the only Keepe ... read more

The Power of Prayer
      The following account of some of the experiences which eventually led to the formation of the China Inland Mission, and to its taking the form in which it has been developed, first appeared in the pages of China's Millions. Many of those who read it there ... read more

Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII - Introductory
      For many years these chapters had no special interest to me; but I have never ceased to be thankful that I was early led to read the Word of God in regular course: it was through this habit that these chapters first became specially precious to me. I was ... read more

Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII - Part I. Separation to God: Numbers vi, 1-21
      THE INSTITUTION OF THE ORDER OF NAZARITES. The first twenty-one verses of Numbers 6 give us an account of the institution and ordinances of the order of Nazarites. And let us note at the outset that this institution, like every other good and perfect ... read more

Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII - Part II. The Blessing of God: Numbers vi, 22-27
       NUMBERS 6:22-27 We have already seen the grace of God making provision that His people, who had lost the privilege of priestly service, might draw near to Him by Nazarite separation and consecration. And not as the offence was the free gift: those ... read more

Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII - Part III. Princely Service: Numbers vii.
       NUMBERS 7. We learned from Numbers 6, God’s requirements of those who desire to take the privileged position of separation to Himself. We found also in the conclusion of the same chapter the overflow of God’s love in the rich and comprehensive bles ... read more

Voyage to China
      Soon after this the time so long looked forward to arrived — the time that I was to leave England for China. After being set apart with many prayers for the ministry of God's Word among the heathen Chinese I left London for Liverpool; and on the 19th of S ... read more


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