By James Hudson Taylor
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PREPARATION FOR SERVICE 13 IV. FURTHER ANSWERS TO PRAYER 19 V. LIFE IN LONDON 24 VI. STRENGTHENED BY FAITH 30 VII. MIGHTY TO SAVE 35 VIII. VOYAGE TO CHINA 39 IX. EARLY MISSIONARY EXPERIENCES 45 X. FIRST EVANGELISTIC EFFORTS 49 XI. WITH THE REV. W. C. BURNS 57 XII. THE CALL TO SWATOW 70 "The Missionary Call": Words and Music 75 XIII. MAN PROPOSES, GOD DISPOSES 77 XIV. PROVIDENTIAL GUIDANCE 92 XV. SETTLEMENT IN NINGPO 98 XVI. TIMELY SUPPLIES 105 XVII. GOD A REFUGE FOR US 110 XVIII. A NEW AGENCY NEEDED 116 XIX.
Within a few months of this time of consecration the impression was wrought into my soul that it was in China the LORD wanted me. It seemed to me highly probable that the work to which I was thus called might cost my life; for China was not then open as it is now. But few missionary societies had at that time workers in China, and but few books on the subject of China missions were accessible to me. I learned, however, that the Congregational minister of my native town possessed a copy of Medhurst's China, and I called upon him to ask a loan of the book.
He was laughing to himself very heartily, as though greatly amused by something. Entering the surgery, he asked for the ledger, and told me that, strange to say, one of his richest patients had just come to pay his doctor's bill--was it not an odd thing to do? It never struck me that it might have any bearing on my own particular case, or I might have felt embarrassed; but looking at it simply from the position of an uninterested spectator, I also was highly amused that a man who was rolling in wealth should come after ten o'clock at night to pay a doctor's bill, which he could any day have met by a cheque with the greatest ease.