How was China to be evangelized, but by the Chinese Church? And how were the converts ever to know the joy of unpaid, voluntary service out of love to the Lord Jesus Christ, unless the missionaries could be patient and wait for their spiritual development.”
Taylor himself learned the skills of medicine so that he could offer medical help, charge for medications, yet evangelize the natives at the same time. This example was not only modeled by Hudson, but became a requirement for those entering the CIM work. This method was very successful and spread to every corner of their work in China. It was self-sustaining in many ways.
Howard Taylor, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, Moody Publishers, 2009, pages 95-96.