Today’s post features my “Weekend Warrior,” and, y’all, we have a BORING ALERT. When You see the picture of the book today, you are going to close the browser and never buy it.
THAT WOULD BE A HUGE MISTAKE!!
I became introduced to this series of “Christian Missionary Heroes” through Sonlight’s homeschool reading program. I would have never ever in a bazillion years picked up a book called “George Mueller” with a cover like this.
So I searched for more books in this series, and found this one:
Again, BORING ALERT. “Gladys Aylward”? What a name! I’m going to give these guys a D- for intriguing covers. But the story?
And here is the part where I explain how I’m a lazy Christian. Let me tell you about Gladys. Gladys Aylward got the idea that the Lord wanted her to be a missionary in China when she was a little girl. She knew no one or nothing about China. She just had an idea.
(When I think I have an idea that comes from God, I expect him to pave open the floodgates of heaven and make it the easiest, most positive experience I will ever have. Because, HELLO! It was God’s plan in the first place. I am always shocked and dismayed if things are the teensiest bit difficult. And maybe give up. That is me.)
With nothing but a vision to go on, Gladys determined to make her dream of ministering to the Chinese people a reality. The obstacles she faced include (but are not limited to, as I am not finished the book):
- getting told she was too dumb to be a missionary
- working for years cleaning houses to raise money to be a missionary (literally years, saving every penny)
- standing up and practicing her preaching in the middle of London, just to get better at it
- taking a train into a military battlefield in Russia, because it was the cheapest route to China
- On the route to China: being taken prisoner twice / running out of food / spending three nights sleeping on snow and nearly freezing to death
- walking for 3 days to a small village
- riding mules for 1 day to an even smaller village
- And then, when she actually arrived, being SPIT AT and THROWN MUD AT by the Chinese – the very people she came to minister to. (They called foreigners “devils.”
AT WHAT POINT WOULD YOU OR I JUST GIVE UP?
Probably the first one.
Reading this completely inspirational story reminds me that:
- My Christian life is way too easy
- I give up way too easily
- I expect life to be happy and comfortable
- Jesus gave up everything for us, and we are to lay down our lives as well.
This whole book is like a foreign language to our Netflix / fast-food / disposable everything / reach-for-your-dreams society.
But goodness gracious do we need it.
If you have kids, and you like to read to them, for goodness sakes buy this book. Buy the series, actually.
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