Our grandson, Hudson, is preparing to become a missionary to China, like his name sake, Hudson Taylor. At 2 our Hudson is only vaguely aware that his family has put their house on the market in preparation for the move to Shenyang. He and his sister Molly (4) are fascinated by all the excitement of walls being painted and furniture being consolidated in anticipation that one day soon they will sell their home and move to China.
The missionary Hudson Taylor was born in England in 1832 and founded the China Inland Mission which expanded the Christian evangelization of the Chinese people. Overcoming language, health and cultural barriers, Hudson Taylor had established more than 20 mission outposts in China at the time of his death in 1905. He was a contemporary with Lottie Moon, the beloved Baptist missionary from America.
Dayna and Kevin Avery served in Changchun, China from 2001 to 2003 teaching English to college students as faculty members at the university. This time they are volunteering with the mission organization Serving Humanity in Crisis. Kevin and Dayna will be focusing on the medically and socially marginalized and neglected in a city of six million people located 425 miles northeast of Beijing. Being volunteers they will be seeking support from missions-minded friends and families. You can follow their story at their blog, www.servepraylove.blogspot.com where the fuller story of their calling, Kevin’s healing release to serve and minister, and the family’s preparations for the anticipated springtime move is told.
As we enter the Christmas season let us remember that all of the Christian missionaries serving around our world are family members too. They, too, are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles of everyday people. They live out their calling by serving others, praying and loving all in the name of Jesus.
Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Live your call. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.