James Hudson Taylor was born to James and Amelia Taylor. They were fascinated with the East and prayed for their child, 'Lord, grant that he may work for you in China.'
After a spiritual birth, Taylor studied diligently in Medicine, Mandarin and the Bible.
你好。 我是Hudson Taylor. 我是医生。
When he arrived in Shanghai, Taylor made a radical decision for missionaries of his day: he would dress and grow a pigtail like the Chinese, and live like them to understand their needs. He was ridiculed by other missionaries.
Hudson Taylor went down the Huangpu River and handed out Chinese Bibles and tracts. He believed that the other missionaries were too 'worldly' and spent too much time with English businessmen rather than spreading the gospel.