Gladys Aylward was born short in size and short in worldly status but what was lacking in height and social standing she made up for in. Gladys May Aylward was born in north London on February 24, , and grew up a high-spirited, happy child. “She remembered her father coming home,”. She is author her autobiography entitled Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman. The film Inn of the Sixth Happiness, is loosely based on events from her life.

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Then Gladys had a visit from the local Mandarin who had had an unusual offer – he wanted her to conduct local inspections to enforce a new national ban on foot-binding. Quite possibly Gladys and her adventures could have remained obscure, known only to God and those involved, but it was not to be.

She has a call to serve God—she is sincere and courageous—but we cannot take the responsibility of sending a woman of 26, with such limited Christian ayward and education, to China. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Lawson was seeking a young person to help her continue her work. She carried two suitcases. Thus, Gladys Aylward, who wore a size three, became Inspector of Feet, traveling the province on a mule accompanied viography two soldiers.

In the view of the ancients, binding stunted the foot’s natural growth, keeping it small but attractive. Donations paid for the fare.

Aylward, Gladys (1902–1970)

Then a young girl asked Aylward if she believed the story of Moses taking the children of Israel across the Red Sea.

It became Aylward’s job to stand in the road when a muletrain appeared, announcing, ” Muyo beatch, muyo goodso, how, how, how, lai, lai, lai. Aylward died on 3 Januaryjust short of her 68th birthday, and is buried in a small cemetery on the campus of Christ’s College in Guandu, New TaipeiTaiwan.

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While in her hotel, she was approached by an English-speaking woman who warned her that if she did not get out of the country immediately she might be sent to a remote part of Russia and never be heard from again.

However, she discovered that the local people mistrusted foreigners like Mrs. She gradually recovered, then established a church there at Sian, continuing her service for God gldys lepers near the borders of Tibet. When it was over, writes Phyllis Thompson:.

However, Gladys’ journey from English parlor maid to becoming “Ai-weh-deh” or “virtuous one” her Chinese name involved a series of adventures that may well bigraphy that God not only designed her appearance but was also a constant presence in her life. I don’t care if the husbands say you should do it or not. Following mule tracks over the mountains, the band slept in whatever shelter they could find with only each other for warmth; many of the smaller children had to be carried by the older ones.

Aylward directed one of her converts, Tsin Pen-kuang, to set off with about orphans toward the Yellow River Huang Hewhich they would cross, then take the railway to Sian. She was Gladys Aylward, also called Ai-weh-deh the Virtuous Onea Christian evangelist who had brought many children to safety from behind the Japanese lines.

The Japanese occupation was now so extensive that the only route open was a dangerous one, over the mountains and down to the 3,mile-long Yellow River.

Inafter the death of her mother, she finally felt free to leave England again. See our site map! She remained convinced, however, that God meant her to serve in China.

Remarkably, Aylward survived, believing that God had more work for her to do. Lawson, 20th Century-Fox Films, Gladys welcomed the opportunity to become more a part of the community and witness at the same time.


Sent to the hospital in Sian Xi’anshe was diagnosed with typhoid fever and internal injuries, but a month passed before she was identified.

Gladys Aylward’s Long Road to China

The following year, when the Japanese bombing reached Yangcheng, one raid destroyed the town as well as the inn. With this imminent threat, Gladys decided it was time to flee with children she had taken in.

Her siblings were Laurence and Violet. Scrutinizing Aylward’s passport, the stranger pointed out that an official had changed Aylward’s profession from missionary to gladus. For many years the young girls of upper class Chinese families had their feet bound even in infancy so that as they grew their foot was abnormally bent and shortened.

Gladys Aylward, Missionary To China

However, the injuries she had received during the war left her impaired, and that along with the arrival and growing presence of the Communists proved too much of a challenge. Because she lived and dressed as her neighbors, they more readily accepted her, and listened to biograph message.

Five weeks later, she heard that they had arrived safely and that Tsin Pen-kuang was returning to escort the rest of the children out. They talked aylwarx odd moments in between battles and births and baptisms.

She sought training at the China Inland Mission C. The country, she was warned, was unpenetrated by Christianity.

Yahgchen was situated on a major commercial route used by the mule trains that transported such goods as coal, cotton and iron goods, and to serve and witness to these mule teamsters Gladys and Mrs. After three months in the program, the chair of the C. His concern, his gentleness, his tenderness toward her never wavered.