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Gladys Aylward: The Small Woman With A Great God

This fascinating documentary presents the events of Gladys' life, chronicled by Carol Purves, author of Chinese Whispers: The Gladys Aylward Story and accompanied by photographs, illustrations, and recordings of Gladys' own voice.

  • Item 501289D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 1 hr 2 min

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Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) may have been small in stature at barely five feet tall, but she was a giant of conviction! Even Hollywood was amazed by her story and made a movie about it, entitled The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.

This fascinating documentary presents the events of Gladys' life, chronicled by Carol Purves, author of
Chinese Whispers: The Gladys Aylward Story and accompanied by photographs, illustrations, and recordings of Gladys' own voice.

Young Gladys sensed a calling from God to leave London and go to minister in China. She worked as a parlormaid for many years until she had enough money saved for her passage. In 1930, she boarded a train and after many weeks and harrowing situations, she finally reached her destination.

In China she assisted aging missionary Jeannie Lawson. Together they opened an inn for mule drivers and told them stories about Jesus. After Mrs. Lawson died, Gladys began to take in unwanted children, eventually numbering about 100. With Japan invading China full force, Gladys and the 100 children traveled for days on foot across the mountains to safety. Gladys continued her work with children until her death in 1970.

See how this ordinary woman experienced the extraordinary, simply because she said "yes" to God.

In English and Spanish with optional English & Spanish subtitles. Fullscreen.

Editorial Reviews

Author Carol Purves narrates this documentary about the remarkable life of Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) - subject of Purves' biography Chines Whispers - featuring archival photos, illustrations, and recordings of Aylward's voice. Viewers follow Aylward's intrepid journey from British parlor maid to legendary status of a Chinese missionary (Aylward was the inspiration for the Hollywood feature film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman). A small, unprepossessing woman, Aylward laboriously earned the money for a harrowing , death-defying trip to China via train, boat, bus, and mule, where she assisted aging missionary Jeannie Lawson at an inn for mule drivers. Becoming a Chinese citizen and adopting native dress, Aylward roamed the countryside, preaching in her spare time, while eventually achieving the status of local heroine through her work with orphans, her role in quelling a prison riot, and for leading (singlehandedly) some 100 children over the mountains to safety during World War II. Aylward established a mission in Hong Kong, and later went to Taiwan, where she continued her work along with her adopted son, Clifford Liu. An inspiriational biographical portrait of one woman's unswerving faith and commitment to helping others, this is recommended. - J. Reed

Customer Reviews

- cristiano

DIOS ME DIO UN MENSAJE A TRAVES DE LA VIDA DE GLADYS AYLWARD... PROMETO QUE NO VOLVERE DELEGAR A OTRO LO QUE DIOS ME ENVIO HACER A MI!

- La historia de Gladys Aylward

Es una historia que te inspira a seguir los pasos de Jess.

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