Saturday, September 25, 2010

Gladys Aylward

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Gladys Aylward was called to serve the Lord in China, but when she applied to a mission board, they said she wasn't qualified. She worked as a maid, saved her wages, and went on her own by rail through Europe and Russia to China in 1932. Working with an older missionary, Gladys learned the language and opened an inn for muleteers. After feeding the men, the women told them Bible stories. Gladys' first convert was a muleteer.
When the Japanese invaded China in 1940, she led one hundred children over a mountain range to safety. (Her adventures were depicted in the movie The Inn of the Sixth Happiness starring Ingrid Bergman.) Later, she worked in an orphanage in Taiwan.
After many successful years in China, Gladys said,"I wasn't God's first choice for what I've done in China...There was somebody else...I don't know who it was-God's first choice. It must have been a man-a wonderful man...Perhaps he died. Perhaps he wasn't willing...And God looked down...and saw Gladys Alyward."
God is looking for people to do His work. While you may feel unqualified for the job God has for you, don't worry about your qualifications. Whether you're called to stay at home and pray, raise a godly family, or go to a third world country, God always equips those He calls.

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap...but I found none.
Ezekial 22:30 NIV
Taken from Jewel Johnson's Devotions for Women .

Much thanks to Charlotte and Ginger for faithfully hosting Spiritual Sundays.


micey said...

i feel like you posted this just for me! thank you! <3

myletterstoemily said...

such an inspiration. i have seen bits
of the old movie with ingrid, who was

kathryn kuhlman used to say the same
thing, "there must have been many
people who refused to do this, before
the Lord chose me!"

i hope you are enjoying some of this
lovely early fall weather.

Lisa notes... said...

I still haven’t seen the movie, but I want to. Gladys Aylward is such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing her story here.

sarah said...

I have a book on her life...someone gave it to me but I've never read it. You've inspired me to fish it out. The thing you wrote that spoke to me....the mission board said she wasn't qualified. She did it on her own anyways. She refused to listen to anyone tell her she can't do something. Yeah. that's the best. I want to do something too. I want to use what happened to me....for Him. Have a great weekend Lisa..I love reading these excerpts of people.

Apron Senorita said...

Oh dear sister in Christ, you really hit a cord. I too often feel "unqualified". I know I have a blessed life. I know that God's hands are guiding me. But I don't feel that the work is my credit, I too often see the flaws within myself. I will try to be kinder to myself. My sweetest thank you for the message.


Ruth said...

thank you this is so inspiring... i needed to hear it..!!

Susan said...

He has His plan for each and every one of us.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

I love hearing how people serve the Lord. I wonder if the movie is still available, I would love to see it.

Renee said...

Very inspirational...I have heard of this woman, the movie, etc. but have not read the book....will need to look it up! Thanks for sharing this has affirmed something for me today. Blessings.

Charlotte said...

Thank you for sharing this inspiring story. I love the statement that God equips those who he calls. So true.

Liz said...

Wow! What a humble lady! Her statement is amazing! I would be very proud of myself and would let everyone know what I "let" God accomplish. That is just me!

To humbly,quietly, go about God's work is the blessing we Americans miss so often.

Thanks for sharing this!!

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