Gladys Aylward Biography
Birthday: February 24, 1902 (Pisces)
Born In: Edmonton, London, England
Gladys Aylward was a British-born independent missionary who worked in China. When Gladys arrived in China, she didn’t have any missionary training and faced a lot of hurdles in the beginning. However, she soon found success as an evangelical Christian missionary. She took Chinese citizenship in 1936, and was appointed a ‘foot inspector’ to enforce the new law against footbinding young girls and she achieved decent success. During the 1938 invasion by Japan, Gladys helped more than 100 orphans to safety in Sian. She returned to England after 1949 as the Communist government was after missionaries. While in England, she gave numerous lectures about her work. She sought approval from the Chinese government for returning to China which was rejected. After staying in Hong Kong, she finally settled in Taiwan in 1958 and funded the 'Gladys Aylward Orphanage.' During her last years, she extensively worked in Taiwan for the poor through the ‘Gladys Aylward Children’s Home.’ She died in 1970 at the age of 67.