Taylor was born into a Christian home. His father was a chemist and a local Methodist preacher. His mother was a godly woman. Both and father and his mother would often prayer over Hudson Taylor when he was only a small child, begging God to one day use their son. However, as the young boy grew into a teen, he became skeptical and worldly. His thoughts were on living for this life only. For several years, he followd this path. Until one day…
When he was 17 years of age, he went into his father’s library one afternoon in June, 1849 in search of a book to read. This was in a barn or warehouse adjacent to the house. Finally, he picked up a gospel tract entitled, “It is Finished,” and decided to read the story on the front. He came upon the expression, “The Finished work of Christ.” Remembering the words, “It is Finished,” he raised the question — “What was finished?” The answers seemed to fall in place and he received Christ as his Saviour.
The same afternoon and time, his mother was visiting some 75 miles away. Experiencing an intense yearning for the conversion of her son, she turned the key in the door and resolved not to leave the spot until her prayers were answered. Hours later she left with assurance. She returned 10 days later and was met at the door by her son who said he had good news for her. She said, “I know, my boy. I have been rejoicing for a fortnight in the glad tidings you have to tell me.”1
This young man would grow to become one of the most influential missionaries to ever work in China. The work he started and helped others start would see thousands of Chinese come to Christ.
On this day in 1891, George Louis Williams was ordained to the Gospel ministry. Two months later, he and his wife, Alice, were sent out by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions as missionaries to China.
The Williams arrived in China and spent their first years learning the language and studying the culture. George, aside from his duty with the churches, began to work among Opium addicts, helping them overcome their addictions and teaching them of Christ. Alice began to work with the ladies, helping them learn to read the Bible and discipling them.
In 1899, after nearly nine years in China, Alice and her children briefly returned to America, because her mother was rapidly declining in her health and Alice wished to be with her for her final days. George had to finish some final things at the mission before he could join his family back in America for a short furlough. But the opportunity never came. Just weeks before he was preparing to leave, the Boxer rebellion broke out across China. Hundreds of foreigners were killed, including George and thirteen other missionaries who were working in the area. The church buildings and mission house was all destroyed.
Alice did not allow the death of her husband to destroy her. After the rebellion was over and everything calmed back down, Alice returned to CHina to continue the work her husband gave his life for. She was one of the first missionaries to return to Taigu after the killings.
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