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 work of the China Inland Mission would grow out of it. I was glad to come when my way was providentially opened. I wanted to see Mr. Moody, and had heard of over two thousand students wishful to consecrate their lives to God’s service abroad”
Hudson Taylor spoke to a large student conference that Dr. Moody had organised.
His opening letter, written from the S.S Batavia, in the December 1888 edition of China’s Millions reads:
Many of you have been praying for us during our visit to the States and Canada, and will be interested in knowing how the Lord has answered your prayers.
In company with Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Radcliffe, my dear Son and I, with Mr. S. F. Whitehouse, sailed in the Etruria from Liverpool on the 23rd of June, immediately after the conclusion of the General Missionary Conference in London. Sunday, the 1st of July, was spent in New York, where we visited the Mission established by the late Jerry McAulay, and on the evening of the 2nd we reached Mr. Moody’s Summer School for Students at Northfield.
Hudson Taylor’s introduction to the 1888 China’s Millions Magazine.
During the meetings of this School, Mr. Radcliffe and I ran over to Bridgeton, N.J., and spent one day at the International Missionary Convention. With that exception, we remained at Northfield till the 16th of July. The 1 8th and 19th I spent at the Believers’ Meetings, held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quiet little town situated on the south bank of Lake Ontario. After speaking there on the subject of Missions, my Son and I left for Chicago, where we spent four days, from the 21st to the 24th. While we were there, the missionary interest so deepened at Niagara, through the addresses of Messrs. Radcliffe, G. B. Studd, and R. P. Wilder, that before the Conference closed, funds were put into the hands of Mr. H. W. Frost, one of the Secretaries of the Conference, for the support of eight new missionaries in connection with the C.I.M.