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Hudson Taylor

1832-1905. Missionary pioneer. Born in Yorkshire, the son of a Methodist chemist, he underwent at seventeen a deep conversion and soon felt a strong call to the almost closed empire of China.* He landed at Shanghai in 1854, after part-medical training, as agent of the short-lived Chinese Evangelization Society. The inefficiency of its home base threw him back on faith and prayer for his support, and a succession of providences caused him to sever connection. He made several evangelistic forays into the closed interior, and adopted Chinese dress. In 1858 he married Maria Dyer in Ningpo despite the opposition of other missionaries who viewed him as a “poor, unconnected Nobody.” Invalided back to England, he bore a burden for inland China and the millions without Christ which grew even stronger. On the opening of the empire to Westerners, he could find no mission willing to back him, so he founded the interdenominational China Inland Mission (1865), asking God to send “24 willing,