Jane Elizabeth "Jennie" Faulding Taylor
(October 6, 1843 – July 31, 1904), was a British Protestant missionary
with the China Inland Mission
. She pioneered the work of single women missionaries in China and eventually married the founder of the mission, James Hudson Taylor
, after the death of his first wife, Maria Jane Dyer
. As the Taylor’s wife, she assumed many roles within the mission agency when Taylor was overseas – acting at times as a home director for the mission. She encouraged women, both married and unmarried, to participate in the work of the China Inland Mission in ways that had previously only been reserved for male missionaries.
Early Life in London
Jane Elizabeth Faulding was the daughter of a piano manufacturer in London. She was an 1865 graduate of the Home and Colonial Training College
along with her friend, Emily Blatchley
. She attended the weekly prayer meeting at the home of Hudson & Maria Taylor in the East End of London
in 1865. She was influenced by the Taylors and their book: "China's Spiritual Need and Claims
", that spoke of the desperate need for the Gospel
message to be brought to the Chinese before they died “without God and without hope in the world”.
The Youngest Missionary
When the Taylors were recruiting missionaries to go with them back to China, Faulding volunteered to accompany the 15 other candidates who were all as inexperienced as herself. She was the junior member of the......