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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Numerous books, short stories and films have been developed about the life and work of Gladys Aylward listed below.

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.

Lawson opened an inn. This page was last edited on gladts Decemberat Protestant missions to China. Arriving in England in the spring ofAylward soon found fame when Alan Burgess, a producer from the BBC, dramatized her story in a program called “Gladys Aylward: Another time the Mandarin again sought out Gladys but this time to help quell a riot at a local men’s prison.

They should biogtaphy it sometimes, and see if they like hobbling about on little club feet. As they all grew more and more tired, she sang hymns to keep up their spirits. From Chita, Aylward managed to find her way to Vladivostok, where she was to make another connection. She also publishes an encouragement newsletter “Rainbows Along the Way.

Aylward, Gladys (1902–1970)

Scrutinizing Aylward’s passport, the stranger pointed out that an official had changed Aylward’s profession from missionary to machinist.

A native of Kansas CityMissouriAnne grew up in northwestern Ohioand holds degrees in history: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. InAylward became a naturalized Chinese citizen.

When they reached the town of Yuan Chu on its banks, they found it deserted except for a few soldiers. Left school to work as a shop assistant; later went into domestic service ; became an evangelical Christian at age 18 ; began training at the China Inland Mission but was not recommended for further training ; went back into domestic service in London; finally departed for China ; settled in Yangcheng in Shensi or Shansi province; helped set up an inn and appointed Inspector of Feet; adopted Chinese nationality ; led about orphans out of war-torn China to safety in Sian ; worked in Tsingsui, near Lanchow in northwest China ; moved to Chengtu, Szechwan, where she continued her missionary work and was appointed Biblewoman at the Chinese Seminary ; returned to England ; went to Hong Kong and then Taiwan, settling in Taipei where she set up an orphanage Chinese Recorder and Missionary Journal.


Gladys Aylward – Wikipedia

She calmed the men and after consulting them returned the warden to report their grievances. She couldn’t afford ship passage, but she did have enough for train fare – across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and into China. 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.

Aylward also accompanied Lawson on her visits to neighboring villages to preach and tell stories. Though she had been brought up a Christian, Aylward’s only religious experience was going to Sunday school. Aylward, Gladys, MS His concern, his gentleness, his tenderness toward her never wavered. Within a short time the mule teams stopped on their own and while their stories brought only a few converts, it was a beginning.

The Inn of Eight Happinesses was soon opened and quickly boycotted. Lu offered to escort her. She later felt a calling to go overseas as a Christian missionary. She gradually recovered, then established a church there at Sian, continuing her service for God with lepers near the borders of Tibet.


She carried two suitcases. Before she died, she told Aylward: While the culture considered this graceful, others saw it as not only cruel but aylwaed means to limit the mobility of young women to assure their chastity.

Gladys Aylward

Otherwise, Aylward was happy in biiography work of her last years in Taipei, which were spent peacefully among the people she loved. Aware that Madame Chiang Kai-shek Song Meiling had started a fund for government-run orphanages, Aylward wrote for help aylwarv was told that the children would be looked after if she could get them to Sian, in Free China, and that money would be sent for the work of the Mission in Yangcheng.

Life is pitiful, death so familiar, suffering and pain so common, yet I would not be anywhere else. However, she discovered that the local people mistrusted foreigners like Mrs. The following year, when the Japanese bombing reached Yangcheng, one raid destroyed the town as well as the inn. Her book “Brittany, Child of Joy”, an account of her severely retarded daughter, was issued by Broadman Press in It became more and more obvious that bigraphy she was ever going to get to China … she would have to pay her own fare.

The following years were restless ones for Aylward. Any man who tells you to do it goes to prison at once; that’s the law now.

Their encampment was soon interrupted with the arrival of a Chinese officer. Feet are to walk with, not to shuffle up and down with, aren’t they? In the view of the ancients, binding stunted the foot’s natural growth, keeping it small but attractive.

He succeeded and after Gladys and the children crossed they successfully bioggraphy the orphanage.