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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The next time a mule train approached the inn, she ran out to grab the harness of the lead mule and lead him into the inn courtyard. But Aylward missed China. In the city of Chengtu Chengdushe prayed and preached with the missionaries of the C. I don’t care if the husbands say you should do it or not. At the children’s urging Gladys joined them in prayer and song, which attracted a Chinese patrol and when their leader heard their story he offered to find them a boat.

Aylward was now alone, and at the front line of the war about which she had been warned. Gladys Aylward was born near London in to a working class family and as a young girl entered domestic service. They should try it sometimes, and see if they like hobbling about on little club feet.

Gladys Aylward, Missionary To China

She was also nearly penniless, and officials, desperate for skilled factory workers, wanted to keep her in Russia. In Kobe, Japan, Aylward was able to stay at the Mission Boography before turning in her unused vouchers for a steamer to Tientsin.

There, the five-foot, pound Aylward wandered the streets, talking to the homeless, penniless women and girls, and led them back to the hostel run by the mission for down-and-outs. She was detained by the Russians, but managed to evade them with local help and took a lift from a Japanese ship.


When Aylward explained that they were harmless refugees, the officer signaled to the Chinese across the river, and boats were sent to carry them to safety. They journeyed another day, to an orphanage in the nearby town of Fufeng.

Gladys Aylward’s Long Road to China by – Church

Sitting alone on her bed in her new quarters, she placed the few coins she had on her Bible and cried out, “Oh God, here’s my Bible! A popular story relates how bjography years ago a young English woman envied her tall blonde friends their beauty, while she was less than five feet tall with black hair. Click Here to Search History’s Women. Although she had signed an agreement with 20th Century-Fox, she felt her work was cheapened by the story, which distorted events and was changed to include a love scene.

UniversityWarrensburgMissouri She would later learn that she had waited too long; she and her Chinese colonel would go their separate ways.

Retrieved December 22, from Encyclopedia. She was repatriated to Britain at the beginning of the Second World Warand taught young children at Basingstoke Preparatory School for several years.

Gladys Aylward

The fame of her work led to memorial services around the world. They exchanged scraps of news, had aylwadd meal together, talked of the future they would build in the new China.

Lawson accepted her application but could not help with her traveling expenses, so Gladys came up with new idea.

She would be working with dark, short bigoraphy people – exactly like she was! Amid a hail of bullets, Aylward barely escaped the city to join the children; one bullet grazed her shoulder blades.

Though she had biiography money, Aylward decided to take the second group of orphans to Sian. He succeeded and after Gladys and the children crossed they successfully reached the orphanage. Retrieved from ” https: Ohioand holds degrees in history: Chinese Recorder and Missionary Journal.

Gladys Aylward had gained “much face. Aylward worked evenings and weekends to earn money. If God intended little girls to have horrible stubby little feet, he’d have made them like that in the first place, wouldn’t he? Yangcheng was considered an important military objective and changed hands several times, often forcing the townspeople into caves in the hills.


As the situation grew worse and the Chinese army was preparing to retreat, Aylward organized another large group of orphans and had them taken to safety nearby. In she returned to England where she continued to evangelize until she settled in Taiwan and set up an aulward where she died in Aylward always carried at least one child while others clung to her. For her loving service and example, Gladys acquired the title “Ai-weh- deh” or “virtuous one.

Feet are to walk with, not to shuffle up and down with, aren’t they? It was then that she was taken by oxcart to the local mission, delirious with typhoid fever.

Yahgchen was situated on a major commercial route used by the aylwrd trains that transported such goods as coal, cotton and iron goods, and to serve and witness to these mule teamsters Gladys and Mrs. Hours later, the train halted, the lights went out, and the soldiers got off.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The life and ministry of Gladys Aylward was amazing not just because of all she did but because she accomplished so much of it on her own, depending entirely on the Lord.

Aylward, Gladys (1902–1970)

She was 18 on the evening she allowed herself, somewhat against her will, to be led by a group of young evangelicals into a church meeting. We empower churches, organizations, non-profits and ministries of all sizes to easily create, customize and manage your own successful online bookstore. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article.