J. Hudson Taylor’s father was deeply stirred about the spiritual state of China, and though he was an earnest and successful
evangelist at home, his circumstances prevented him from ever going to China. But
he was led to pray that if God should give him a son, he might be called and
privileged to labor in the vast, needy empire. That prayer was answered when at
21 years of age, J. Hudson Taylor boarded a ship to China. Today, he’s
remembered as a pioneer to modern missions, and his initial mission is still
going strong, more than 150 years after it began.