*Entry submitted and written by Edward de los Reyes
On this day in 1854, Pioneer missionary Hudson Taylor lands in Shanghai, China. “My feelings on stepping ashore I cannot attempt to describe,” he wrote. “My heart felt as though it had not room and must burst its bonds, while tears of gratitude and thankfulness fell from my eyes.”
Taylor would later found the China Inland Mission in 1865. This was a drastically different strategy than those of the other missionaries who would tend to stay in coastal cities.
Taylor popularized the idea that missionaries should live and dress like the people they seek to evangelize. He began this idea when he realized that, though he came to the people with medical supplies and skills, he was often poorly received by them. He found out that the people were referring to him as a “black devil” because of the overcoat that he wore. He decided to adopt Chinese native clothing and the queue (pigtail) with shaven forehead. After doing this, he was able to get an audience without creating a disturbance. Taylor was later able to preach in and translate various dialects of the Chinese language.
Taylor says in a letter, “ If I had a thousand pounds China should have it- if I had a thousand lives, China should have them. No! Not China, but Christ. Can we do too much for Him? Can we do enough for such a precious Saviour?”
What a great testimony of a man who was so burdened for people that God loves. Are we willing to, like him, go against the norm in order to reach the lost? His strategies of reaching people were unconventional and unnatural for him. Are we willing to get out of our comfort zones in order to reach the dying world that our God died to save?
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