James Hudson Taylor (1832 – 1905), was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China, and founder of the China Inland Mission. Taylor spent 51 years in China. The society that he began was responsible for bringing over 800 missionaries to the country who began 125 schools. Taylor was known for his sensitivity to Chinese culture and zeal for evangelism.
"Missionary work is indeed the noblest any mortal can engage in. We certainly cannot be insensible to the ties of nature, but should we not rejoice when we have anything we can give up for the Savior?"
"I cannot tell you, I cannot describe how I long to be a missionary… to spend and be spent for him who died for me!"
"The occasional difficulty about funds never came from an insufficient supply for personal needs, but in consequence of ministering to the wants of scores of the hungry and dying around us. And trials far more searching in other ways eclipsed these difficulties and being deeper brought forth in consequence richer fruits."
"Depend upon it – God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supplies."
"Pray the Lord ever to give me the single eye, the clear judgment, the wisdom and gentleness, the patient spirit, the unwavering purpose, the unshaken faith, the Christ-like love needed for the efficient discharge of my duties."
"What, can Jesus meet my need? Yes, and more than meet it. No matter how intricate my path, how difficult my service; no matter how sad my bereavement, how far away my loved ones; no matter how helpless I am, how deep are my soul yearnings – Jesus can meet all, all, and more than meet."
"It is no small comfort to me to know that God has called me to my work, putting me where I am and as I am. I have not sought the position and I dare not leave it. He knows why he places me here – whether to do, or learn, or suffer."
"I often think that God must be looking for someone small enough and weak enough for him to use, and that he found me."
[Note - Photo taken from bing images. Description of Hudson Taylor's life taken from Wikipedia. Quotes are from "Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret".]