Today is an important day in Christian missions history, one that would altar my future and the future of millions in China.

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Here’s today’s missions history:

“1854 March 1, 1854 — Hudson Taylor, the eventual founder of the China Inland Mission, lands in Shanghai, China.”

One simple sentence. It is almost too simple.

An arrival.
A commencement.
A new horizon of possibilities.

Not just a new start for one man, but for generation to follow in his footsteps. I am one of the many who are honored to be the fruits of Hudson Taylor’s successful legacy.

He could not have had an idea what an impact he would make on millions of Chinese and generations of missionaries to follow in his footsteps. He simply stepped out in obedience to follow God’s call upon his life, and God orchestrated the rest.

He could not have had an idea what an impact he would make on millions of Chinese and generations of missionaries to follow in his footsteps. He simply stepped out in obedience to follow God’s call upon his life, and God orchestrated the rest.

You see, “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be,” said King David in Psalm 139.

God is penning an epic narrative of missional living to the uttermost parts of the earth, and we are privileged to be a part of that call.

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life. I wonder what future legacy will be left by your obedience. I consider the same thing for me.

Baby steps.
Simple obedience.
A joy in the journey.

I pray that my actions at Within Reach Global today, like James Hudson Taylor’s, will ripple into eternity.

 

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David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
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