When you send your kids to Grandma’s house you never know what treasure they will find hidden away…
This time though it wasn’t the kids – it was me that found the treasure!
Pete just happened to mention that they had the complete two volume set (1200 pages) of Hudson Taylor’s biography written by his son Howard back in the early 1900’s.
‘You have what?!’ I responded…
‘Would you like to borrow them?’
‘Would I ever!’
Part 1 is entitled ‘the growth of a soul’ and part 2 ‘the development of a work of God’. Part 1 actually begins with Taylor’s great grandparent’s story and we eventually start to hear about him by page 200.
There are many journal/diary quotes that give a great insight into the character of this man. I am almost finished part 1 and looking forward to the story of the development of the mission work.
What is most amazing is that when he left England on a 5 month boat ride to Shanghai he was 21. Yes 21!…
Is he a rare breed or are there other Hudson Taylors out there today? I find myself constantly challenged and confronted by the old missionaries who lived lives of great sacrifice and risk at times when it was so much harder to do so.