Faithful Heroes: James Hudson Taylor
James Hudson Taylor was a missionary to China for 51 years and founder of the China Inland Mission.
He was born on May 22,
As a young
He came to Christ at
In 1852, he
He departed for China on September 19, 1853, before completing his medical studies. He was
In 1858, he married Maria Jane Dyer. They adopted an orphan in the area and their first child died. Their daughter, Grace, was born the following year. Six more children would eventually join the family, with half of the children dying in childhood.
In 1865, he founded the China Inland Mission and
He returned to China in 1866. The missionaries in his mission wore Chinese
His wife, Maria, died of cholera in 1870. Taylor mourned deeply and returned to England the following year. While in England, he married fellow missionary Jane “Jennie” Elizabeth Faulding. Between battling illnesses, he returned to China and continued working to open mission stations.
In 1902, health issues led to him formerly
In 1905, he returned to China for the final time. He died suddenly at his home in Changsha on June 3,
His descendants have continued his ministry to China through the early 21st Century.