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James Hudson Taylor, III, was born in Kaifeng, China. His great grandfather, J. Hudson Taylor was founder of the China Inland Mission, today known as Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF).

During WWII, Jamie, as he was known to his classmates, sisters Kathleen and Mary, and brother John were interned by the Japanese in Chefoo and then in Weihsien. He is a graduate of Greenville College, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Yale University.

Dr. Taylor was founding president of China Evangelical Seminary in Taipei, Taiwan, from 1970 - 1980. He served as General Director of Overseas Missionary Fellowship at its Headquarters in Singapore, 1980 - 1991.

In 1994, Dr. Taylor joined Chinese colleagues in founding MSI Professional Services, (formerly Medical Services International), a creative initiative in Christian professional service in China. He currently serves as MSI’s President Emeritus.

James & Leone Tjepkema Taylor have three children, Amelia, Signe, James, and nine grand children. #

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... photos of the 60-year celebrations ...


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February 14, 2009,

James H. Taylor, III, wears the armband required for prisoners of the Japanese in Chefoo (now called Yantai), Shandong Province, China. Immediately after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, the Japanese commandeered the ...

Zhang Xihong son of former sanitation worker speaks at friendship ceremony.

Dancers at evening theatrical performance.

Former internees joined singers and dancers on the stage to applaud the theatrical performance that ended the August 17 celebration. For a finale, the troop sang Auld Lang Syne.

A wall in the new park celebrates American liberators.

Mary Taylor Previte and James Taylor stand outside the bedroom occupied by James Taylor. Weifang officials have renovated the bedrooms and saved the block from demolition.

James Taylor visits a room in Block 60 where he lived with Grandpa Herbert Taylor.

The 2nd floor bedroom of the hospital where Mary Taylor Previte lived with Chefoo school girls in the Lower School Dormitory.

The basketball field outside the hospital has been transformed with flowers and shrubs.

Peter Bazire, Douglas Sadler, and James Taylor visit their former bedroom in the hospital.

This sculpture stands in the entrance of the Weihsien Exhibit Hall.

Mary Taylor Previte in the Exhibit Hall.

James Taylor at the monument to peace which includes engraved names of every internee.



The Eric Liddell I knew

Eric Liddell was my hero long before the 1981 Academy Award winning movie, Chariots of Fire, brought him to the attention of the world. Interned together in the Japanese concentration camp in Shandong, Weifang, during the War of Resistance, I was mesmerized as "Uncle" Eric gathered us boys around and ...

Beyond the Chariots of Fire

by James Taylor III

What was Eric Liddell’s secret in moving from success to significance?

Jamie Taylor’s Bird Watching Diary 1944 -1945
By Mary Taylor Previte (Jamie’s little sister)

In 1944 and 1945, James “Jamie” Taylor, 14 years old, filled a 4" x 6" notebook with carefully-penned observations – about putting his hand into a sparrow's nest and finding babies, counting bustards flying overhead, welcoming flowers that announced the spring, listening to cicadas beginning to buzz, numbering the leaves sprouting on a plant. Logged to earn his Boy Scout Naturalist badge, he wrote ordinary, boyish stuff ....