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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Yes, they agreed, there was an even cheaper way—overland through Holland, Germany, Poland, and Russia, then through Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Railroaduntil she made a junction connection with the Manchurian railway, which would take her to a steamer that would take her to Tientsin—but that route was impossible because there was an undeclared war on between Russia and China.

But Aylward missed China.

Numerous books, short stories and films have been developed aylwarv the life and work of Gladys Aylward listed below. Gladys Aylward had gained “much face. However, when they first opened, Gladys decided to take the imitative to attract customers.

Aylward, Gladys (1902–1970)

Those three shillings became a sign from God, the beginning of her fund toward a ticket to China. 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.

Her hiography were Laurence and Violet. Though she had paid her fare from London to Tientsin, it soon became apparent that her ticket was useless. For many years the young girls of upper class Chinese families had their feet bound even in infancy so that as aaylward grew their foot was abnormally bent and shortened.

Lawson was in a mission at Tsechow in Shensi Shaanxi province, north of the Yellow River in northwest China, many weeks away by train, bus, and mule. She was so totally dedicated to her adopted country that she became a Chinese citizen in EdmontonLondonEnglandBioography. I wear their clothes, eat their food, speak their language—even their dialect—and I am thinking like they do. There was no food to be had, and, worse, the ferry to cross the river was nowhere in sight.


Not only had she never kissed a man, but the film’s ending portrayed her character leaving the orphans to re-join the colonel elsewhere, [12] even though in reality she did not retire from working with orphans until she was 60 years old. After a few days of fladys in the town of Mien Chu, Aylward ibography the children continued their journey by foot and by rail, then crossed another mountain range until they finally reached Sian in late April She wrote to her family in faraway England and told them that she was going to marry a Chinese, and hoped that they would understand.

When Aylward explained that they were harmless refugees, the officer signaled to the Bioraphy across the river, and boats were sent to carry them to safety.

Gladys Aylward’s Long Road to China by – Church

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.

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.

The Story of Gladys Aylward. On 15 Octoberhaving worked for Sir Francis Younghusband[4] she spent her life savings on a train passage to YangchengShanxi ProvinceChina. Gladys May Aylward was born in north London on February 24,and grew up a high-spirited, happy child.

His concern, his gentleness, his tenderness toward her never wavered. 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. InAylward became a naturalized Chinese citizen. 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 Believing 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 the Chinese Nationalists.


Retrieved from ” https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In the city of Chengtu Chengdushe prayed and preached with the missionaries of the C. They should try it sometimes, and see if they like hobbling about on little club feet.

Gladys Aylward, Missionary To China

It was then that she gladyw taken by oxcart to the local mission, delirious with typhoid fever. Gladys Aylward was born near London in to a working class family and as a young girl entered domestic service. The prisoners were housed in cramped conditions with nothing to do and with limited food.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. She first worked among the refugees in Sian, and, inas conditions of war subsided, she moved to a remote village called Tsingsui, some distance from Lanchow Lanzhouin northwestern China.

Gladys Aylward’s Long Road to China

For her loving service and example, Gladys acquired the title “Ai-weh- deh” or “virtuous one. Click Here to Search History’s Women.

Sent by the C. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The struggles of Aylsard 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. She was detained by the Russians, but managed to evade them with local help and took a lift from a Japanese ship.