Monday, February 2, 2009

Hudson Taylor and the Great Commission

I have prepared a one-hour biography on the life of James Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), who began the great China Inland Mission (now Overseas Missionary Fellowship). He was one of the first to pioneer into Inland China, to use laymen in ministry, to allow single women to open up new areas, to adapt to Chinese dress, and to start an “interdenominational” mission. One of his most famous quotes is, “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered, but it is a command to be obeyed.” Taylor said he once thought God was looking for men strong enough to use, but he learned that God was looking for men and women weak enough to use.

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