Was the China Inland Mission of Hudson Taylor a failure? The mission was shut down, the missionaries who were not imprisoned and killed, evacuated China and left their missions to go to wrack and ruin. The Chinese congregations of the churches they had established continued until they too were shut down. Some were not, but they continued under heavy government surveillance and control. Now of course the regime and police state of President Xi is not just heavy-handed, it is engaged in an all-out war of exterminating the Christian church in China, which the government claims is a foreign contamination or invasion of enemies of China. Hardly is that the case! The hot persecution has only increased the number of Chinese Christians by tens of millions. Now it is a larger Christian church than anything in all of Europe or even America. In the Back to Jerusalem movement that got started early in the 20th century by the Chinese believers, who were not deterred by the Cultural Revolution Mao organized to return China to primitive culture and expunge all foreign influences of contaminating Western culture supposedly, the Gospel continued to be spread by these believers, until now there is a vast army able to send missionaries out to the whole 10-40 window of closed or hostile nations who oppose Christ. They are all trained and willing to die for Christ, and many will, by the thousands no doubt. But they have millions already to take their places at the front lines. China will turn Christian in a matter of a couple decades at the rate the people are evangelized and are chucking communism and materialism. Hudson Taylor's work was not in vain! Millions are in heaven already, thanks to his early missionizing in China!
Both boys were adept at other things too. They both played in sports such as track, and also sang in the renowned school choir led by Mr. Clifton Madsen.--Ed.