OMF and China Inland Mission (CIM) History

The China Inland Mission (CIM) was established by James Hudson Taylor on June 25, 1865.

In 1866 Hudson Taylor, his wife children and 16 missionaries left England for China. Eager to reach the inland provinces of China with the gospel, the mission called people to prayer and sent out waves of workers to China throughout the late nineteenth century.

Hudson Taylor believed the gospel would only take root if missionaries were willing to identify with the culture of the people they wanted to reach.

History Stories, Articles & Resources

‘Making all things new’—or Did We?

Synopsis: This article recounts the “reluctant exodus” of the China Inland Mission from China and its re-formation into the Overseas Missionary Fellowship. The world was changing and the Mission was forced to change right along with it. Decisions were made that would shape the organization and its ministry as it began to work in new [...]

Beyond the Cambridge Seven: The Rev. Arthur Twistleton Polhill and the Dazhou Fú Yīn Táng

Synopsis: The article tells the story of Arthur Polhill, the youngest of the Cambridge Seven—the young men who joined CIM and left what could have been the good life in late nineteenth-century England to share the gospel in China. Even though we know that they became famous for what they gave up, the careers of [...]

God’s Mission to the Lisu

Synopsis: The article focuses on one of the most familiar stories in CIM/OMF history told in the biographies of J. O. Fraser and books by Leila Cooke and Isobel Kuhn. Is it possible to say anything new? Are we familiar with the other missionaries who labored among the Lisu? This article tells some things in [...]

It’s time for a different miracle in Japan

In 1989, at the beginning of the Heisei era, the Japanese economy was booming. Three years later, the bubble burst and Japan’s economy went into recession. Cracks are increasingly appearing in Japan’s prosperous façade, and it’s possible to glimpse the spiritual poverty this country is labouring under.

Suffering and Mission: Narrative Research from Cambodia, with Special Reference to Cambodian Church History

Mission Round Table Vol. 12 No. 3 (Sep-Dec 2017):4-12 Yuzo Imamura Born and raised in Japan, Yuzo and his wife, Hitomi, have served as church workers in Cambodia with OMF International since 2003. He holds a Master of Christian Ministry from the Discipleship Training Centre, Singapore. 1. Introduction: Suffering in today’s world Every single day, [...]

The Church, Local, Wider, and Universal: A Study in Diversity, Unity, and Relationships

Mission Round Table 13:3 (Sep-Dec 2018): 4-9 The Church Local, Wider, and Universal: A Study in Diversity, Unity, and Relationships[1] Ray Porter Ray joined OMF in 1972 and served in Indonesia until 1986. After a short absence to lecture in New Testament at Belfast Bible College he was UK East Region Director from 1991 to 2005 [...]

History and Context: Shaping Mission and Church

Mission Round Table 13:3 (Sep-Dec 2018): 10-14 Rose Dowsett Rose joined OMF in 1969, serving in the Philippines until 1977. Since then she has taught missiology and global church history in Glasgow, and exercised leadership and advisory roles in the WEA Missions Commission, Lausanne, Interserve, UCCF, and other mission agencies. Retired since 2008, she continues [...]

Hudson Taylor and the Bible

Synopsis: Taylor inspired many people to work in China. He was not only responsible for widening the impact of the gospel in China, but he also had a crucial role in challenging the moribund spirituality of Victorian Christianity and showing how the life of faith essentially issued in a passion for mission, especially mission to [...]

Raising the next generation of leaders

How has God used OMF to work in and through Japanese students over the years? Here is just a little glimpse.

Who is OMF Japan? What are we doing?

Find out the needs of the church in Japan and how OMF Japan are seeking to meet those needs in the coming years. Maybe you could be an answer to our prayers…

TCK Education-A Page from History

  Chefoo School in China was started in 1881, in the earliest days of CIM/OMF.  The dedication of teachers and resilience of students was tested to the limit during the war years.  In a fascinating BBC article, Mary Previte shares her experiences of being interned by the Japanese, sharing the prisoner of war camp with […]

When Hudson Taylor met D.L Moody

Right now, OMF General Director Dr. Patrick Fung is speaking at Moody Bible Institute. The link with Moody and OMF, goes back a long way, about 127 years back. James Hudson Taylor met D.L Moody in London, 1888 and wrote: “I had not the remotest idea in coming to America that anything specially bearing upon […]

The Martyrs’ Example – John and Betty Stam

The postmaster in the small town of Miaoshou in Anhui province recognized the Chinese Communist Army’s foreign prisoners. They were John and Betty Stam, missionaries with the China Inland Mission (CIM) in the area. “Where are you going?” he asked John. “We do not know where they are going,” John replied, “but we are going […]

Hudson and Maria’s Prayer of Jabez

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying,“Because I bore him in pain.” Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so [...]

Our Story Begins

Available with English, French, Polish, Russian, Italian & Traditional Chinese subtitles. Click this [CC] ^ button. Our Story Begins from OMF International Media on Vimeo. 150 years of God's faithfulness to CIM and OMF International. From Hudson Taylor in 1865 to our current ministry across the world, see how God has been at work to [...]

The Tract that Saved ‘Dear Hudson’

Just before Christmas, a small group of us from the UK office took a trip to the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) to take a look at the vast amount of OMF archive material stored there. As we were browsing through all the different materials that have been so diligently preserved, I suddenly […]

That by all means – Hudson Taylor Quote

Download for your screen 1280×800 1440×900 1920×1080 2048×2048 "Let us in everything not sinful, become like the Chinese, that by all means we may save some" James Hudson Taylor's reflection on 1 Corinthians 9v19-23 From Our Story Begins video

Weak & Feeble – Hudson Taylor Quote

God uses those who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him. James Hudson Taylor More wallpapers at www.omf.org/uk/wallpaper  

Gospel & Risk – Hudson Taylor Quote

“Let them see that you are rejoicing in God, you do not need any other protection, you put your trust in God, you are prepared either to suffer or be delivered as He sees best. They will learn that there is something in the Gospel worth risking life for.” James Hudson Taylor Founder of the […]

CIM/OMF Timeline: pre 1865 to 2015

A.D. 635 -1839 The early attempts to evangelize China Early attempts to evangelize China, such as those by Nestorian Christians in A.D. 635, were often met with persecution. By 1839 the Opium Wars had broken out and Protestant missionaries entering China in the 19th century found evangelization work to be restricted and slow-going. Around this time [...]

150 Years of Innovation | Jan-April Millions 2015

Welcome to the first Billions of 2015, the 150th year of OMF International. In this issue we begin a year of reflection and celebration of the past 150 years and see how that shapes the present and the future. Focusing on the first 50 years of the China Inland Mission, we will explore the ground-breaking […]

150 Years On – Are We Still Needed?

by Peter Rowan According to Rollin Grams of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, ‘most mission agencies have lost the vision of mission.’ After 150 years of engagement in mission, is this true of OMF? Do we have a future? Here is my six-fold answer– which is a ‘yes… but…’ response as to why I believe there […]

World War I, OMF and Mission

On 4 August 1914, Europe descended into the deadliest war in history. More than 9 million people lost their lives. Families throughout Europe were devastated; homes were destroyed, businesses were lost and children displaced from their parents. Amongst the pain and loss, what was God doing? 100 years on, can we look back and see […]

The History of Christianity in Asia

Hudson Taylor may have entered China’s provinces in 1865, but the gospel got there 1500 years earlier. The missionary finds it hard to meet the eyes of the new convert. He’s been asked the question he dreaded.But if the missionary works in East Asia, he doesn’t need to feel ashamed on behalf of Christians in […]

2000 years of Christianity in Asia

Hudson Taylor may have entered China’s provinces in 1865, but the gospel got there 1500 years earlier. The missionary finds it hard to meet the eyes of the new convert. He’s been asked the question he dreaded.But if the missionary works in East Asia, he doesn’t need to feel ashamed on behalf of Christians in […]