Gladys aylward & the inn of 6 happinesses *find what 6 happinesses are

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GLADYS AYLWARD & THE INN OF 6 HAPPINESSES *find what 6 happinesses are:


  1. Have you ever been scared of something? When and why?

  2. Have you (or your friends) ever met a bully? What happened?

Gladys grew up in London in the early 1900s. She read a story about China that changed her life. She knew that God wanted her to go to China and tell the people about Jesus. But, she failed at the missionary training school. The director told her that she wasn’t smart enough to learn Chinese and that they would not send her. So, Gladys worked hard to save money so she could go to China on her own.

She finally made it to China and worked with an older missionary, Jeannie Lawson. They ran a hotel. The hotel offered 2 things others did not: dinner time Bible stories and beds without fleas. At first the people were afraid of the “foreign devils”, but news soon spread about the interesting stories.

About a year later, Mrs. Lawson died leaving everything to Gladys. Gladys didn't have money for taxes and could only ask God for help. God answered her prayers in a unique way. For many years, the Chinese wrapped the feet of the girls to keep them small. They thought this was pretty. But, it hurt the girls and they couldn’t walk very well. The governer asked Gladys to help stop this painful custom of “foot binding” in China. Gladys accepted the job and went to every village taking off foot bandages and telling Bible stories. She was able to pay the hotel taxes and many Chinese became Christians.

One day someone pounded on the gate of the Inn of 6 Happinesses. “Gladys Aylward! You must come quickly!”

Gladys left her house and went with the messenger. As she walked she heard terrible screams coming from the local prison. It sounded like a riot. She wondered why the Mandarin had asked her to come. She bowed respectfully to the Mandarin and the prison governor.

“Thank goodness you have come!” said the governor. You must go in and stop the fighting!”

Gladys was shocked. “Me? Why don’t you send in your soldiers?”

“Impossible!” the man cried. “These prisoners are murderers and thieves! The criminals would kill the soldiers!”

Gladys protested, “But, if I went in there, they would kill me!”

“Oh no,” said the governor. “You tell our people that God lives inside you. If that is true, your God will protect you when you go inside the prison.”

Gladys looked at them. They were serious. She realized that if she did not go into that prison, no one would believe her or listen to her stories about God. “OK,” she said slowly. “Open the gate.”

Gladys was very scared. Her knees were shaking. When the gate opened, she saw terrible things. Many prisoners had knives and they were chasing each other and screaming. Dead and wounded prisoners were everywhere. Suddenly, a HUGE man started running straight toward her. He was holding a big ax.

Gladys was so scared that she couldn’t move. The man ran closer and closer. Finally about 1 meter away, he suddenly stopped and just looked at her. Who was this short woman? Why was she here?

Gladys got angry. This big man was just a bully. “Give me that ax!” she said. Quietly, the man gave her the ax.

Gladys looked at the prisoners. They were very cold and hungry. Their clothes were dirty and old. Gladys felt sorry for them. “The governor sent me,” she said. “Why are you fighting?”

No one answered. Finally a young prisoner said, “We don’t know. But, we are hungry and everyday we have nothing to do.”

Gladys understood. The men didn't have enough food or work to keep them busy. She said, “If you promise to stop fighting and bury the dead and take care of the hurt prisoners, I will talk to the governor for you.

The prisoners promised to do these things. As Gladys came out, the city leaders bowed to her with respect. Her God was powerful. This little woman had stopped a riot with God’s power.

Gladys talked to the governor. She told him that the men needed to have work so they could have money, buy food, and have self-respect. After this, Gladys visited the prison everyday to check the prisoners living conditions. From then on, everyone called her Ai-weh-deh, which means “The Virtuous One.”

At another time, an old woman tried to sell a dirty little girl. Gladys bought the girl for less than two dollars. This little girl was the first of almost 100 unwanted children who came to live with Ai-weh-deh. When the Japanese came, Gladys helped the orphans escape over the mountains. It was an amazing journey! Later, this story became a movie named, “The Inn of the 6th Happiness. Gladys Aylward became famous all over the world for her amazing faith, courage and helping the prisoners and children in China.

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”.
Gladys Aylward info (English): http://www.gospelcom.net/chi/kids/glimpsesforkids/gfk004.php

Gladys Aylward info (Korean): http://pllab.kangwon.ac.kr/church/jubo/original/2001/010422jubo.htm



Make It Real! Questions to think about

  1. Would you like to live in a foreign country? Where and why?

  2. Would you go inside a prison of fighting people?

  3. Do prisoners in Korea work? What do you think prisoners should do?

  4. If a person came at you with a knife, what would you do?

  5. Gladys was afraid, but she was brave. What can you do when you are afraid?

  6. Gladys helped the Chinese in many ways. What nation would you like to help? How would you like to help them?

  7. The Chinese wrapped girl’s feet and it hurt. Do you know about other strange customs? Should we try to change other countries’ customs?

  8. Gladys was determined to be a missionary even though she was told she wasn’t good enough. When people question your ability to do something that you sense God may be calling you to do, how do you respond?

  9. How did God provide for Gladys during times of need in her life?

  10. After Mrs. Lawson died, Gladys asked God what she should do next. How did God answer her prayer?

  11. How have you seen God provide for you or your family’s needs?

Make It Real! Questions to think about


  1. Would you like to live in a foreign country? Where and why?

  2. Would you go inside a prison of fighting people?

  3. Do prisoners in Korea work? What do you think prisoners should do?

  4. If a person came at you with a knife, what would you do?

  5. Gladys was afraid, but she was brave. What can you do when you are afraid?

  6. Gladys helped the Chinese in many ways. What nation would you like to help? How would you like to help them?

  7. The Chinese wrapped girl’s feet and it hurt. Do you know about other strange customs? Should we try to change other countries’ customs?

  8. Gladys was determined to be a missionary even though she was told she wasn’t good enough. When people question your ability to do something that you sense God may be calling you to do, how do you respond?

  9. How did God provide for Gladys during times of need in her life?

  10. After Mrs. Lawson died, Gladys asked God what she should do next. How did God answer her prayer?

  11. How have you seen God provide for you or your family’s needs?

MAKE IT REAL! QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT

ICEBREAKERS


  1. What do you know about China?

  2. Would you like to live in a foreign country? Where and why?



DISCUSSING THE STORY

  1. Why do you think Gladys would not give up her dream of going to China even when the mission board told her she was not qualified?

  2. Why was Gladys feeling so discouraged about being a missionary in China?

  3. When the Mandarin offered her a government job, how did Gladys plan to use it for God in a resourceful way?
  4. After Mrs. Lawson died, Gladys asked God what she should do next. How did God answer her prayer?


  5. How did God provide for Gladys during times of need in her life?

  6. Why did Gladys agree to go inside a prison full of dangerous prisoners? Would you go inside a prison of fighting people?

  7. Can you be scared and have courage at the same time? Why or why not?

  8. If a person came at you with a knife, what would you do?

  9. Gladys was afraid, but she was brave. What can you do when you are afraid?

  10. What is the difference between doing something dangerous to show off and doing something that takes courage even when you’re afraid?



APPLICATION

  1. What is the difference between confidence in yourself and confidence in God?

  2. How can confidence in what God can do help you with a problem you’re facing?

  3. What kinds of opportunities do you have that could be used in a resourceful way to do work for God?

  4. The Chinese wrapped girl’s feet and it hurt. Do you know about other strange customs? Should we try to change other countries’ customs?

  5. Gladys was determined to be a missionary even though she was told she wasn’t good enough. When people question your ability to do something that you sense God may be calling you to do, how do you respond?

  6. How have you seen God provide for you or your family’s needs?

  7. Do prisoners in Korea work? What do you think prisoners should do?

  8. Gladys helped the Chinese in many ways. What nation would you like to help? How would you like to help them?




MAKE IT REAL! QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT

ICEBREAKERS


  1. What do you know about China?
  2. Would you like to live in a foreign country? Where and why?




DISCUSSING THE STORY

  1. Why do you think Gladys would not give up her dream of going to China even when the mission board told her she was not qualified?

  2. Why was Gladys feeling so discouraged about being a missionary in China?

  3. When the Mandarin offered her a government job, how did Gladys plan to use it for God in a resourceful way?

  4. After Mrs. Lawson died, Gladys asked God what she should do next. How did God answer her prayer?

  5. How did God provide for Gladys during times of need in her life?

  6. Why did Gladys agree to go inside a prison full of dangerous prisoners? Would you go inside a prison of fighting people?

  7. Can you be scared and have courage at the same time? Why or why not?

  8. If a person came at you with a knife, what would you do?

  9. Gladys was afraid, but she was brave. What can you do when you are afraid?

  10. What is the difference between doing something dangerous to show off and doing something that takes courage even when you’re afraid?



APPLICATION

  1. What is the difference between confidence in yourself and confidence in God?

  2. How can confidence in what God can do help you with a problem you’re facing?

  3. What kinds of opportunities do you have that could be used in a resourceful way to do work for God?

  4. The Chinese wrapped girl’s feet and it hurt. Do you know about other strange customs? Should we try to change other countries’ customs?

  5. Gladys was determined to be a missionary even though she was told she wasn’t good enough. When people question your ability to do something that you sense God may be calling you to do, how do you respond?

  6. How have you seen God provide for you or your family’s needs?

  7. Do prisoners in Korea work? What do you think prisoners should do?


  8. Gladys helped the Chinese in many ways. What nation would you like to help? How would you like to help them?


How well did you read the story?
Fill in the blanks with the correct answer. Put one character in each space provided.

  1. Gladys walked __ __ miles in the cold, snowy night.

  2. Gladys worked as a __ __ __ __ to save money for her trip to China.

  3. Gladys took care of unwanted __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __.

  4. Gladys and the children found safety living in __ __ __ __ __.

  5. The village was bombed by the __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __.

  6. Chinese girls had their __ __ __ __ bound.

  7. Gladys became a __ __ __ __ __ __ __ citizen.

"Get off the train!" the Russian conductor shouted in words 30-year-old Gladys did not understand. But she could tell from his angry face that he wanted her to get up. However, Gladys did not move. She did not know everyone else was getting off the train because there was a fierce war going on up ahead. The train soon would be filled with only loud mouthed, bad-tempered soldiers. It was not a safe place for a woman traveling alone.



The Long Walk Back

When the train reached the next stop, the conductor forced Gladys to get off. She was the only non-military person left on the train. She now had to walk alone 30 miles back to the nearest city, through the woods in the cold, snowy night. This was only the beginning of her troubles, though. In the many hours to come, she would have almost no food to eat, nearly freeze to death, and barely escape being forced to become a Soviet military machine operator.

Gladys knew God wanted her to go tell the Chinese about Jesus, but why was it so hard for her to get there? Could it be God was getting her ready for even harder times?


Not Good Enough
Gladys grew up in London, England, in the early 1900s. As a teenager, she read a story about the Chinese that changed her life. She knew she must go tell them about God’s love.

Gladys failed missionary training school. The director told her she wasn’t smart enough to learn Chinese, and they would not accept her. But Gladys was determined. If the mission board would not send her to China, she would find her own way there.

To save money for her trip, Gladys went back to the only job she knew, being a maid. One day Gladys heard about an elderly missionary woman who was looking for someone to take over her work in China.

China at last!

When Gladys finally did arrive in China, she could not find the elderly missionary woman. Gladys was told she had moved to another village, a two-day mule ride into the mountains. So, Gladys hired a mule driver to take her there.

The missionary, 73-year-old Mrs. Jeannie Lawson, was surprised to see Gladys when she arrived at the village. She quickly put her to work repairing the big, old, rundown house that she lived in. The villagers thought the house was haunted. Mrs. Lawson wanted to turn the house into a hotel for the Chinese mule drivers. She would offer two things other hotels did not, dinner time Bible stories and beds without fleas. At first the mule drivers were afraid of the two white women they called “foreign devils.” However, once inside, they loved the Bible stories and news of the hotel spread quickly.

One day Mrs. Lawson slipped and fell from a second floor balcony. A few weeks later, she died. After Mrs. Lawson’s death, Gladys could not pay the hotel taxes. She was alone, without any money and was the only English-speaking person within a two-day mule ride. She did not know what to do. But guess what? God answered Gladys’ prayer in a way she did not expect.


Foot Inspector
For many years, the feet of Chinese girls were wrapped tightly at birth to keep them from growing big. The Chinese thought small feet were prettier. A new law said that all foot-wrapping must end. The town governor asked Gladys to be his official foot inspector.

At first, Gladys refused. She did not know why anyone would listen to someone they called “foreign devil.” However, she also had the governor’s okay to tell every villager about Jesus.

Gladys went to every village taking off foot bandages and telling Bible stories. The job paid enough to cover the hotel taxes and many Chinese became Christians.

Ai-weh-deh
Gladys did such a good job as foot inspector that when a riot broke out in the town prison, she was called again. This time the prison governor wanted her to calm the prisoners down. Afraid, Gladys prayed for help and then convinced the prisoners to put down their weapons. Afterwards she visited the prison every day and helped make their living conditions better. From then on, everyone called her Ai-weh-deh, which means “The Virtuous One.”

On another day as Gladys walked through the village, she saw an old woman trying to sell a dirty little girl. She could not bear to leave the girl with the woman who did not care about her. Gladys bought the girl for less than two dollars. This little girl was the first of almost 100 unwanted children who came to live with Ai-weh-deh.



Harder times

For many years, the Japanese had been at war with China. Gladys thought the village she lived in was so well hidden it would never be attacked. However, one spring morning, Japanese planes filled the sky. They dropped bombs, destroying the village and killing many people. Gladys, who was upstairs leading a prayer group, was knocked out as she fell to the first floor below. When she woke up, she went out to help others who were hurt.

The village was in shambles and dead bodies lay in the streets. Japanese foot soldiers were on their way to kill everyone who was still alive. Gladys, the orphaned children, and the villagers fled, finding safety in caves. As the Japanese continued to close in on them, she and the children walked many days without food but were able to catch the last train to freedom. Gladys became very ill. As soon as the children were taken care of, she fell into a coma. She was hospitalized for two months and almost died.


One Last Visit to England
Gladys decided to go back to England after many years in China. She had aged so much that her parents did not know her at first. The years in China had been hard on her. She often became confused. She thought she was still in China and would speak in Chinese. When she felt well enough she would speak at churches about the need for more missionaries to go to China. All the time Gladys missed China terribly. She knew she could not stay in England. Gladys was the first missionary to become a Chinese citizen. She went back to China and spent the rest of her life helping the Chinese.

Gladys Aylward became known around the world for the sacrifice she made to help the Chinese learn the way to God. You can see the story of her life in a movie called The Inn of Sixth Happiness.



The miracle of China's church
With the communist takeover of China, Gladys Aylward and other missionaries had to leave. Christianity was suppressed. Would the church survive there? Only in the past few years have we discovered in the West that the church in China not only survived but enjoyed dramatic growth. It is estimated that between the Communist takeover in 1949 and the mid-1980s the church in China grew from 800,000 to as many as an estimated 50 million. This is one of the greatest surges of growth in all of Christian history.


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