In 1853 a young Englishman boarded a ship for a five-month voyage to the other side of the world. When he arrived in China, James Hudson Taylor adopted native dress and a ponytail.
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He went on to found one of the most influential mission societies of the 19th century. Now, the English town where Taylor was born is inviting the world to come and visit.
On the 180th anniversary of Hudson Taylor's birth, authorities in Barnsley, England, unveiled historic markers on his birthplace, in both English and Chinese.
John Foster, with the Barnsley Hudson Taylor Group, said they hope to attract visitors from the land where Taylor invested 51 years as a Christian missionary.
"The Chinese people are free to travel, they're free to worship Christianity and free to roam the world," Foster said. "(What) we want them to do is to roam to Barnsley and we want to say, 'Welcome.'"
SOURCE: CBN News
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