Monday, December 23, 2013

Hudson Taylor- The Sweet Bliss of Christmas

By Mary Vee
Year:  1868 
Hudson Taylor: age 36

From J. Hudson Taylor's Notes
A Special Christmas in China


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The wise men traveled from the east to find the Christ child.

We, the China Inland missionaries, had travelled from the United Kingdom to the west to bring news of the Christ child to the people living in the east.






We celebrated the birth of the Jesus, God's one and only Son, together in the main building. Gathered around meager furnishings of simple benches, a slab of wood balanced across two supports for a table, and bowls of rice with chopsticks we ate and sang praises to God. Thankful. Joyful. Blessed.

Most of the children in our compound had not seen an English Christmas. We didn't even have a Christmas tree. Yet we all experienced a wonderful joy living in China and sharing God's love with those who had never heard about Him.

The gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh presented to Jesus by the wise men represented an offering of great wealth and sacrifice.

The gift we bring the people of China, news of God's love and gift of salvation, is one of great wealth and sacrifice. God spared no expense to give His gift of salvation to all who would accept it.   

While we sit here in China, we think of you and pray that you, too, have already accepted God's gift.  If you would like more information about God's gift of salvation, you can speak to your local church or email our missionary, Mary Vee.


Merry Christmas to you and may your New Year be filled with God's blessings.



J. Hudson Taylor
Missionary to China--Inland China!
Blessed by God even in time of torment

Research resources: J. Hudson Taylor, An Autobiography by J. Hudson Taylor; It is Not Death to Die, a new biography of Hudson Taylor by Jim Cromarty; Hudson Taylor Founder, China Inland Mission by Vance Christie; J. Hudson Taylor, A Man in Christ, by Roger Steer, and Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret by Dr. &and Mrs. Howard Taylor.

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