June 25, 1865, J. H. Taylor* resolved to form a soc. for evangelizing the interior of China. An organizational structure was set up in Eng. 186566. Interdenom. and internat. in scope, it soon had branches in Ger., Scand., Switz., and Eng. speaking countries. Emphasized miss. preaching, teaching, and works of mercy. Some of its missions formed regional feds. Forced to withdraw from China 1951; headquarters moved from Shanghai first to Hong Kong, then Singapore. Name changed in the mid-1960s to Overseas* Missionary Fellowship.
L. T. Lyall, A Passion for the Impossible: The China Inland Mission 18651965 (Chicago, 1965).
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