It’s not known exactly how many Chinese are Christian. What is certain is that opposition from the government remains high. Yet, regardless of whether the repression is brutal or passive, Chinese believers continue to bravely live out their faith.
James Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) was born in Yorkshire, England. He went to China in 1854, after studying medicine and theology, to become a missionary with the China Evangelization Society.
Robert Morrison (1782-1834) was the first Protestant missionary to China. He began studying Chinese along with theology and medicine as a student in Northumbria, England. In 1807 the London Missionary Society sent him to Canton, China.
Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936) was a Canadian Presbyterian missionary.
Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) was a London parlor maid whose application to become a missionary to China was rejected by her local mission board. Despite this rejection, she saved her money and paid her own way in 1932.