By Mary Vee
Year: April 1879
Hudson Taylor: age 46
From J. Hudson Taylor's Notes
I missed my wife, Jennie so much and couldn't wait to join her in China. A few months ago, she went with a few other missionaries to help the sick and starving women and children.
In order to raise the funds for me to sail to China and continue the missionary work there, I went to many prayer meetings and church services here in England.
While attending one prayer meeting, a nurse ran into the room carrying a baby girl.
"Help. Please. Someone help!"
The little girl suffered from a terrible case of croup and had stopped breathing. She looked dead in the arms of the nurse.
I didn't have any of my medical equipment with me, but I didn't need any of it at that moment. The little girl was in God's hands.
I grabbed the child, lay her down, and breathed into her mouth. Again and again I blew air into her lungs, waiting for the child to breathe on her own.
I heard those standing around me praying to God to save the little girl's life while I worked to help her.
I blew air into her mouth again and pulled my head away. The sweet little thing took in a breath all by herself and cried. It was the most wonderful sound. God had restored this little one to her family.
Praying is an important part of ministry, but so is our work. We can't just sit around in the name of praying. God also expects us to act. On this night, God put those who needed to pray and those who needed to act in the same room. What a blessing this was for all of us to see.
The funds came for me to sail to China over the next few months. Praise God for His blessings.
J. Hudson Taylor
Missionary to China--Inland China!
So Very Blessed by God
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