Hudson Taylor on the Call for Missionaries

We have to do with One who is Lord of all power and might, whose arm is not shortened that it cannot save, nor His ear heavy that it cannot hear; with One whose unchanging Word directs us to ask and recenive that our joy may be full, to open our mouths wide, that He may fill them.  And we do well to remember that this gracious God, who has condescended to place His almighty power at the command of believing prayer looks not lightly on the bloodguiltness of those who neglect to avail themselves of it for the benefit of the perishing…

In the study of that divine Word, I learned that to obtain successful workers, not elaborate appeals for help, but first earnest prayer to God to thrust forth laborers…I had no doubt but that if I prayed for fellow-workers, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, they would be given.  I had no doubt but that, in answer to such prayer, the means for our going forth would be provided, and that doors would be opened before us in unreached parts of the Empire…The sense of bloodguiltiness became more and more intense.  Simple because I refused to ask for them, the laborers did not come forward, did not go out to China: and every day ten thousands in that land were passing into Christless graves.

– Hudson Taylor

as quoted by Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 173-174


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