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(1/16/2019)

On Jan. 16, 1837, Maria Jane Dyer (玛莉亚) was born into a pioneer missionary family in Malaysia. Her parents, Samuel Dyer (台约尔) and wife Maria Tarn Dyer (谭玛莉), died before she was 10. At age 16, she moved to China to work in a school for girls. She married Hudson Taylor (戴德生) in 1858 over the opposition of her school principal. Before her death in 1870 in Zhejiang at age 33, Maria played a key role with her husband in the founding and growth of the China Inland Mission They had nine children, three dying at birth and two in childhood. The four surviving children all became missionaries with the CIM. Pray for Christian women to desire, as Charles Spurgeon did, “to paint upon the eyeballs of [their] soul[s] the image of God’s Son.” Colossians 1:16 "For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him."