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Answers to Prayer

The remarkable and gracious deliverance I have spoken of, was a great joy to me, as well as a strong confirmation of faith; but of course ten shillings, however economically used, will not go very far, and it was none the less necessary to continue in prayer, asking that the larger supply which was ... Read More

Communion With Christ; Broken And Restored

"Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest we drift away from them." (Heb. 2:1). The experience of most of us, shows how easily communion with Christ may be broken, and how needful are the exhortations of our Lord to those who are indeed branches of the tru... Read More

Early Missionary Experiences

On landing in Shanghai on 1st March 1854, I found myself surrounded with difficulties that were wholly unexpected. A band of rebels, known as the "Red Turbans," had taken possession of the native city, against which was encamped an Imperial army of from forty to fifty thousand men, who were a much g... Read More

Exchanged Life

"When my agony of soul was at its height a sentence in a letter was used to remove the scales from my eyes, and the Spirit of God revealed the truth of our oneness with Jesus as I had never known it before . . . ‘But how do you get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on t... Read More

J. Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret

This is excerpted from the chapter on "The Exchanged Life" in Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor (London: China Inland Mission, 1955, pp. 110–116, et passim). J. Hudson Taylor, M.D. was a missionary to China, and the founder of the China Inland Mission. Here is the inward... Read More

J. Hudson Taylor: God's Mighty Man of Prayer.

J. Hudson Taylor 1832-1905 GOD'S MIGHTY MAN OF PRAYER by Eugene Myers Harrison* IN THE YEAR 1854 a sailing vessel was becalmed in the vicinity of New Guinea. Seeing the distressed look on the captain's face as he peered intently into the sea, a young Englishman inquired as to the cause of his anxiet... Read More

Life in London

I must not now attempt to detail the ways in which the Lord was pleased — often to my surprise, as well as to my delight — to help me from time to time. I soon found that it was not possible to live quite as economically in London as in Hull. To lessen expenses I shared a room with a cousin, four mi... Read More

Mighty to Save

Returning to London when sufficiently recovered to resume my studies, the busy life of hospital and lecture hall was resumed; often relieved by happy Sundays of fellowship with Christian friends, especially in London or Tottenham. Opportunities for service are to be found in every sphere, and mine w... Read More

Preparation for Service

Having now the twofold object in view of accustoming myself to endure hardness, and of economising in order to be able more largely to assist those amongst whom I spent a good deal of time labouring in the Gospel, I soon found that I could live upon very much less than I had previously thought possi... Read More

Strengthened by Faith

One day the doctor coming in found me on the sofa, and was surprised to learn that with assistance I had walked downstairs. "Now," he said, "the best thing you can do is to get off to the country as soon as you feel equal to the journey. You must rusticate until you have recovered a fair amount of h... Read More

The Call to Service

The first joys of conversion passed away after a time, and were succeeded by a period of painful deadness of soul, with much conflict. But this also came to an end, leaving a deepened sense of personal weakness and dependence on the Lord as the only Keeper as well as Saviour of His people. How sweet... Read More

The Power of Prayer

The following account of some of the experiences which eventually led to the formation of the China Inland Mission, and to its taking the form in which it has been developed, first appeared in the pages of China's Millions. Many of those who read it there asked that it might appear in separate form.... Read More

Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII - Introductory

For many years these chapters had no special interest to me; but I have never ceased to be thankful that I was early led to read the Word of God in regular course: it was through this habit that these chapters first became specially precious to me. I was traveling on a missionary tour in the provinc... Read More

Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII - Part I. Separation to God: Numbers vi, 1-21

THE INSTITUTION OF THE ORDER OF NAZARITES. The first twenty-one verses of Numbers 6 give us an account of the institution and ordinances of the order of Nazarites. And let us note at the outset that this institution, like every other good and perfect gift, came from above; that God Himself gave this... Read More

Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII - Part II. The Blessing of God: Numbers vi, 22-27

NUMBERS 6:22-27 We have already seen the grace of God making provision that His people, who had lost the privilege of priestly service, might draw near to Him by Nazarite separation and consecration. And not as the offence was the free gift: those who had forfeited the privilege of priestly service ... Read More

Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII - Part III. Princely Service: Numbers vii.

NUMBERS 7. We learned from Numbers 6, God’s requirements of those who desire to take the privileged position of separation to Himself. We found also in the conclusion of the same chapter the overflow of God’s love in the rich and comprehensive blessing which so appropriately follows, and forms the c... Read More

Voyage to China

Soon after this the time so long looked forward to arrived — the time that I was to leave England for China. After being set apart with many prayers for the ministry of God's Word among the heathen Chinese I left London for Liverpool; and on the 19th of September 1853 a little service was held in th... Read More

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