By Mary Vee
Year: April 1880
Hudson Taylor: age 48
From J. Hudson Taylor's Notes
She already told us about the scary ride to Chongqing where she and her husband George barely arrived after two ships sank then walking a long ways to their new home.
Only two months later, Mary was bursting with wonderful news. Here is what she told me:
"I am so amazed. First I started working to clean our new home and set things up for our work. I had to be careful to respect the customs of the women here.
"I set up a place in the back part of the house for women to come and hear the Gospel. Each time I spoke I did better. Men came to the front of the house to listen to the Gospel.
Word spread throughout the city, and many new people lined up to come listen to the Bible stories. Crowds of women looked in the windows and listened. Then when the group inside the house left, those listening at the windows came in to hear the story.
"Soon the women of the town showed they trusted me. They were willing to listen to this foreign woman tell the stories of the God who loves them. Rich women invited me to their homes and asked me to speak to their groups of friends.
"This job could not have been done by a missionary man in this culture. I am so grateful to Hudson Taylor for teaching us and encouraging us to come to Chongqing.
"Summer days made the work very difficult. Standing for long hours to tell the stories made me tired. A few times I collapsed right in the middle of a sentence. I woke, embarrassed. Several women sat, fanning me to cool me off.
"The work continued to get busier and busier. I'm grateful so many women want to hear about Jesus. But now I find I must get up at three in the morning to write letters back to those who have help us with finances and then continue with my duties.
"Sometimes I must get up in the middle of the night to help talk with young women who try to commit suicide.
"For two years, I worked without seeing another woman from the west.
"Please pray, asking God to give us the strength to work these long days."
I want to give Mary Nicoll a chance to finish her story. She will come back next week and tell more about women missionaries in China. I am very thankful God has sent her here.
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