It is not just the results of Taylor's work that we admire. He was a man of God and it showed in many aspects of his life. He never raised support for his missionary work, but trusted God and prayed for it to come in. It always did. (Side note: we are not against raising financial support, we have done it before and expect to do it again. But his faith in not doing so is truly remarkable.) He also had the faith to trust God and continue his ministry in China even as he lost his first wife and many children (I can't find the exact number, but I think it was at least 4 or 5).
Here are two (of many) great Hudson Taylor quotes:
"All God's giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God being with them"
"The Great Commission is not an option to be considered, it is a command to be obeyed"
James Hudson Taylor Costa, we pray that you would have such faith!