Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission, The Growth of a Work of God
by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
|Publisher:||The China Inland Mission|
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Scripture Testimony Index stories in this book
When Hudson Taylor understood the revelation that he was just a branch and the Lord was the Vine, his whole lifestyle changed for the better. He came upon a new experience of peaceful existence that shone brightly everywhere and in everything he did.
Given the challenge of a paucity of funds, Hudson Taylor wrote in December, to a colaborer of his to brace up and take austere measures, like he personally had, and pray to God to send supply for His work. On new year's eve, the Lord, through George Müller, reached them with a cheering and unexpected token.
In two separate replies to letters from his dear friends, Hudson Taylor writes beautifully about the death of his wife and the great comfort he's enjoyed from the Lord since her demise.
With amazing warmth and love, the Bergers wrote from England to comfort Hudson Taylor in China after news of his wife's sad demise reached them. And with great empathy, they shared in the sorrows of their brother, reminding him that, "Jehovah wounds and He heals... About never takes away to leave us poor".
A proclamation was issued stating that nothing should be sold to Hudson Taylor, a foreigner. He clung to prayer as his only hope when he was stranded and without support. He had a visitor one night while praying who gave him food without saying anything.
During a trip to Chefoo, Mrs. Taylor's ship encountered a fog that delayed their journey. She prayed in the night, at about 9:30, for God to clear it. The following day, the Captain confirmed that it was exactly the same time the fog cleared. But even more, she realized that God had used the fog to perfectly time their arrival.
Mr. and Mrs. Frost's obedience to God was tested when they were invited to join God's work with the China Inland Mission. Faithfulness triumphed over skepticism, and the work was blessed and amply provided for by God.
Hudson Taylor's countenance, calm and peaceful attitude touched others so much that he was asked how he came to such a life. He responded "I could not possibly get through the work I have to do without the peace of God ' which passeth all understanding ' keeping my heart and mind."
Prior to his conversion, Mr. Brunton was a miserable fellow; he lacked the peace of God and was fearful. Mr. Taylor and other believers continued; over several weeks, to cry to God for his salvation. Eventually, God answers them; bringing great joy and peace not only to Mr. Brunton, but to them also.