The true-life story of Gladys Aylward, English parlor maid turned missionary to China. After making her way to China to become a missionary, an English parlor maid wins the heart of Eurasian colonel and the respect of the local Mandarin. But her greatest accomplishment is leading 100 homeless children to safety across enemy-held terrain during Japan’s invasion of China.
Adapted from the novel the “The Small Woman” about the true-life story of Gladys Aylward, this powerfully poignant film is inspiring entertainment from beginning to end.
This Christian Classic is one of my all time favorite movies. Although a LOT of theatrical license in this one, it’s still a fantastic and powerful film. For the longest time I thought this was the complete full true story of Gladys Aylward, but not quite. I would recommend watching the film AND reading the book. What an amazing story of an amazing woman, led by God to China for a unique purpose.
This movie really encouraged me when I first became a Christian. It gave me such a desire to be a missionary and I still think of 1 scene often when I’m discouraged in my Christian walk. Her perseverance in the face of so much opposition to her going, especially when she works so hard, doing extra jobs, just to make more money to put away for her train ticket to China. Pennies here and there and soon she was literally on her way to China.
Her call to China was so strong and nothing stood in her way to go. Even with her many trials, the book brings out that she even faced MORE trials than the movie portrayed. What an inspiring story. This is another one that will tug at your heart strings. It really shows the power of God.
There is another favorite scene that takes place at the prison that sticks with me. It reminds me of the 3 Hebrews in the fiery furnace.
All in all a really perfect movie and yet shows the power of God in her life! There are SOOO many things I loved about this film and SOOO many scenes that stick with me. This is one of those MUST SEE films!
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