Hudson Taylor: LACKED GOOD HEALTH, YET GAVE GOSPEL TO MILLIONS
Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission had a good Christian father, a happy and prosperous home, plenty of books and food, suitable clothing, a careful training and above all, much love. But he was without one earthly blessing – good health!
He was often too ailing to go to school until he was eleven and then was absent because of illness much of the time, until the attempt was abandoned. He obtained a post as a bank clerk when he was fifteen, but in two years, he had to relinquish it because of persistent inflammation of his eyes. Then, he was converted, in answer to the prayers of his mother and sister, through reading a tract concerning the finished work of Christ.
But how could such a frail little fellow be of much use in extending the kingdom of God?
When he was twenty one, he sailed to China, the only passenger on a cargo boat, to carry God’s message of salvation to the millions of that vast land. Before he died of old age, his God had used him to found the China Inland Mission and lead out a thousand other missionaries to open up China to the Gospel.
Culled from The Gospel Standard. Volume 53, June 2004, Number 09