"By Faith": Henry W. Frost and the China Inland Mission

by Dr. Howard Taylor, Geraldine Taylor

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By inspired definition faith is ‘being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” By faith we are saved. By faith we are justified. By faith we please God. Though faith is central in the Christian life, we somehow are amazed when we see the vitality and power of faith at work in ordinary people’s lives. In each generation we see a special few men and women who have stretched themselves by risking everything on the sure promises of God. In the end they prove the faithfulness of their Master and challenge their own day to take their God seriously. Their stories are an encouragement to the next generation as they in turn join the ranks of that “great cloud of witnesses” who cheer us on in the life of faith.

Henry W. Frost bore eloquent testimony to his generation that God was willing to bear the responsibility for a surrendered life. What Hudson Taylor was to England, Henry Frost was to North America. His strength of faith and character gave stability to the fledgling North American branch of the China Inland Mission.

It has been said that courage is the power to let go of the familiar. If that is the case, the life of Henry Frost and his leadership of the North American China Inland Mission will be the most courageous biography you have ever read.

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ISBN-13: 9781787209633
Publisher: Papamoa Press
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Frederick Howard Taylor (25 November 1862 - 15 August 1946) was a British pioneer Protestant Christian missionary to China, author, speaker, and second son of James Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission (CIM) in 1865.

Born in London, Taylor travelled to China for the first time in 1866, aged just four, with his family. He completed his diploma at the Royal London Hospital medical college in 1888, and then followed in his father’s footsteps to become a medical missionary to China. He received Doctor of Medicine from London University and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, as well as a Member of the Royal College of Physicians.

In 1889 he accompanied his father to meet Josef Holmgren, the Secretary of the Swedish Mission in China, who invited them over for special meetings. Howard Taylor departed for China from England on 23 January 1890 and was sent to Henan province, where he opened a ministry and undertook significant medical work for the next 30 years, which, at the invitation of Yuan Shikai—a rising political figure who later became President of China—, resulted in a mission station being opened in 1895.

In 1894 Taylor married Mary Geraldine Guinness, a childhood friend from his youth in Bromley-by-Bow in East London. Her father was Henry Grattan Guinness, the famous evangelist and preacher. Together, Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor authored several books and, at the invitation of the Student volunteer Missionary Union, made a special tour of the American colleges from 1900-1901.

MARY GERALDINE GUINNESS (25 December 1865 - 6 June 1949), often known as Mrs. Howard Taylor, was a noteworthy British Protestant Christian missionary in her own right, with a love of writing. She joined the CIM in 1888 and became one of their key biographers. She served in Henan before they were married and was already the author of a few books, including “The Story of the China Inland Mission” and “In the Far East”.

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