For over fifty years, Hudson Taylor had poured his life into the work of the China Inland Mission. Over 800 other laborers had come to China to work with Taylor and the China Inland Mission. Over 125 schools and 300 Mission Stations had been established. There were nearly 500 Chinese laborers with the CIM. It was estimated that, by the time of his death, over 18,000 Chinese had accepted Christ as their personal Savior through the work of the CIM.
In the final years of his life, Taylor, having passed on the responsibilities of the CIM, traveled throughout China, visiting his missionaries and the churches they had built. Everywhere he went, he was greeted as China’s benefactor, the one who started the movement to bring the gospel to China. His final stop was the province of Honan. When he arrived, he was greeted by a large number of converts, who followed him to the home of Frank Keller, one of his missionaries. Here, they spent Saturday evening sitting around Taylor and learning from him. They left, eagerly anticipating the services the next day.
But Taylor would never make it. During the middle of the night, he quietly left this world to be with his savior. A historian wrote of the life of this great man that “No other missionary in the nineteen centuries since the Apostle Paul has had a wider vision and has carried out a more systematised plan of evangelising a broad geographical area than Hudson Taylor.”
Little did I think when I last wrote that I should so soon have the joyful intelligence to communicate that one Burman has embraced the Christian religion and given good evidence of being a true disciple of the dear Redeemer. This even,t this single trophy of victorious grace, has filled our hearts with sensations hardly to be conceived by Christians in Christian countries. This circumstance has convinced us that God can and does operate on the minds of the most dark and ignorant and that he makes his own truths, his own words, the instrument of operation.
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