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On this day in 1790, Lady Huntingdon responded to a letter sent to her by Dr. Haweis, one of the founders of the London missionary society. Lady Huntingdon was a wealthy widow who used her money for religious works across England. And Dr. Haweis needed her help!
In a letter written to Lady Huntingdon, Dr. Haweis requested support to start a new project, an organization that would send missionaries to the heathen. In his letter, he states the following:
“For many years I have planned, prayed for, and sought for an opening for a mission among the heathen My dear Lady Huntingdon has concurred with me in attempting it.”
In response, Lady Huntingdon writes back:
“I shall be happy to see my dear and kind friend’s plan for the heathen mission. It charms me to hear and suffer me only to fulfil your meaning in all I can do. The barrel of meal and the cruse of oil fail not.”
Like the widow in the Old Testament who gave all for the Lord’s prophet and had her needs supplied (I Kings 17:12-15), Lady Huntingdon gave sacrificially and lovingly towards the founding of the London Missionary Society, an organization that sent out hundreds of Missionaries throughout the globe. It is amazing to see what one life can do when it trusts the Lord with their money. The work of World Evangelism could never be done without the sacrificial support of the senders.
On this day in 1858, Hudson Taylor is married to Maria J. Dyer, a young, single missionary in China. Her parents had been missionaries to China but had died before Maria was ten, leaving her a lonely girl. But when this young woman met Taylor, this all changed.
Maria saw in Taylor a love for and faith in the Lord that she had never seen in anyone else. And even though others mocked him for dressing in Chinese garb and acting like the Chinese, she was attracted to the spirit he did all of it with. When Hudson wrote her a letter of marriage, she was overjoyed. But Miss Aldersey, the woman she lived with, was not: “Mr. Taylor! that young, poor, unconnected nobody. How dare he presume to think of such a thing? Of course the proposal must be refused at once and that is final!” And from that moment on, Miss Aldersey and many of the other missionaries did everything in their power to stop Maria from seeing Hudson and flocked her with other suitors “more qualified” in their opinion.
When Taylor returned from his trip, those opposed to him marrying Maria made it nearly impossible for him to see her or spend time with her. But his heart and her heart still yearned for each other. But they both had to commit it to Lord. And He came through. On night, a massive storm made it impossible for a group of missionaries, including Maria, to get home. So they took refuge in the home of a missionary, which just happened to be the place where Taylor was also staying. That night, Maria and Hudson could finally talk, and both confirmed their love for each other. Despite the opposition, this couple was able to marry and do mighty things for God!
Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret
On this day in 1809, a missionary with the London Missionary Society, Des Granges, reported the completion of the translation of Matthew and Luke in the Telinga language. The significance of this is not so much the translation itself, but rather the fact that it was done, not by a white missionary, but by an Indian named Anandarayer, with help from four other Indians.
Anandarayer was a man of much skill and social opportunity in his caste system. But when he found Christ, he left everything else behind. A friend said of Anandarayer:
Whatever our Lord Jesus requires of His followers, he has readily performed. He has left wife, mother, brother, sister, his estate, and other advantages which were offered to him, and has taken upon himself all the reproaches of the Brahman caste ; and has been beaten by some of the heathen to whom he spake on Christianity; and still bears the marks of their violence on his forehead. He declined complaining of it, and bore it patiently.
Many insisted that Anandarayer find a good job in the secular world, but he would have nothing of that. He wanted a work that would be a service to Christ. As he grew, he developed a love for God’s word, which lead him into the translation work. Soon, Anandarayer complete translation of all four gospel accounts were spread throughout India.
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