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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Lawson accepted her application but could not help with her traveling expenses, so Gladys came up with new idea. A year later, the year-old Ggladys fell off a balustrade and was severely injured.

The struggles of Aylward and her family to effect her initial trip to China were disregarded in favour of a movie plot device of an employer “condescending to write to ‘his old friend’ Jeannie Lawson. Then she would sit at the tiny old foot-operated aylwward, pedal furiously and scream out a hymn at a decibel scale calculated to reach almost as high as those ominous silver cocoons droning through the sky.

She was hurrying to get away … when someone at the door grasped her hand, enquired her name, and then said, “Miss Aylward, I believe God is wanting you. Aylward knew her weaknesses and appreciated the mission’s concern that she would find it hard to learn a Chinese dialect.

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. For this job, she received one daily measure of millet and money for vegetables, recompense that was sorely needed at the mission at Yangcheng. She was repatriated to Britain at the beginning of the Second World Warand taught young children at Basingstoke Preparatory School for several years.

She had been asked to work in this capacity by a young Chinese colonel, a member of Chiang Kai-shek ‘s intelligence service, who had set up headquarters in her city. Gladys May Aylward was born in north London on February 24,and grew up a high-spirited, happy child. In she returned to England where she continued to evangelize until she settled in Taiwan and set up an orphanage where she died in Hours later, the train halted, the lights went out, and the soldiers got off.


They talked at odd moments in between battles and births and baptisms. Aylward loved being in the heart of the big city, and in particular going to the theater. The article was to change her life.

Aylward next went to work as a Rescue Sister of “fallen women” near the docks of Swansea in South Wales. 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. Retrieved 24 May Lawson, 20th Century-Fox Films, She carried two suitcases. Yet while she became a probationer with London’s China Inland Mission Center when she could not pass their examinations she decided she would attempt to go on her own.

When the local inhabitants weren’t throwing clods of earth at Aylward or calling her a foreign devil, they were dragging her to witness judicial beheadings.

But the encounter must have made a strong impression. Her book “Brittany, Child of Joy”, an account of her severely retarded daughter, was issued by Broadman Press in She settled in the city of Taipei and adopted many children.

A freelance writer since the early s, she has published in Christian. Women in Aylwadr History: Lawson – and now Gladys. Yahgchen biogtaphy 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.

Lawson was seeking a young person to help her continue her work. On 15 Octoberhaving worked for Sir Francis Younghusband[4] she spent her life savings on a train passage to YangchengShanxi ProvinceChina.

Home Women Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Aylward, Gladys — Protestant missions to China. Aylward became a national of the Republic of China in and was a revered figure among the people, taking in orphans and adopting several herself, intervening in a volatile prison riot and advocating prison reform, risking her life many times to help those in need. She gladdys felt called to work in Szechwan Sichuanin the hot and humid south of China, where she stayed for four years.

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After about 10 years she sought to return to China, and after rejection by the Communist government and a stay in British administered Hong Kongfinally settled in Taiwan in Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for gladyx bibliography.


Click Here to Search History’s Women. She couldn’t afford ship passage, but she did have enough for train fare – across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and into China. Thus, Gladys Aylward, who wore a size three, became Inspector of Feet, traveling the province on a mule accompanied by two soldiers. Bythe Communists’ hold on China caused many to flee the country, including missionaries, who were prime targets. As they all grew more and more tired, she sang hymns to keep up their spirits.

Glzdys that “Christians never retreat,” she returned to Yangcheng and intended to stay, until she learned that the impending Japanese army had put a price on her head because of her intelligence work for gadys Chinese Nationalists. Aylwar, Aylward survived, believing that God had more work for her to do. As she continued to work and save her money, Gladys learned of an older woman missionary named Jeannie Lawson who needed a younger woman to assist her in her work in China.

As yet, Aylward had no specific destination in China. Aylward finally found Lawson living in a house on aylwrad main road outside the city gate, amid private houses and inns.

Gladys Aylward’s Long Road to China

Meanwhile Gladys practiced her Chinese until she was fluent. Yet years later she changed her mind when she arrived in the country where she would serve him as a missionary. EdmontonLondonEnglandUK. Aylward remained unconcerned about gladyys safety, while friends feared for her life; she was finally persuaded to visit her family whom she had not seen for 17 years.

She would later learn that she had waited too long; she and her Chinese colonel would go their separate ways. For when she looked around there on a Chinese street she realized God’s purposes.