One of the greatest bitter-sweet moments for me is turning the last page of a good book. I usually sigh and wish I had another page.
What will I read next, I say to myself? Could the next book possibly touch me the way this last book has?
Ten books and more than thirty on-line sites provided research material for the past one year of posts dedicated to the missionary struggles, hopes, dreams, successes failures, provision and grace of God in the life of Gladys Aylward. She has been a good example of a life dedicated wholly to Christ and the spread of the Gospel to the Chinese.
Inspirational. Holding fast. Never wavering in faith.
Wounded, beaten, starved, gravely ill, homeless.
Always stepping forward.
And now her story has ended.
But her inspiration has not.
Time to investigate another missionary's life.
I have considered several missionaries for the next series, reading books about each one before knowing which missionary's life I should share next. Which one will be it be?
Let's play a guessing game:
The next missionary grew up in England.
His parents prayed that God would give them a child who would serve in China.
He went to medical school.
He lived from1832 to 1905
He started a mission that years later, helped Gladys Aylward.
He hurt his back and couldn't walk for nearly a year.
One of his children died on the mission field.
Okay. Okay, I'll tell you. :)
The next missionary will be J. Hudson Taylor. Come back next Monday for the start of our series about J.Hudson Taylor.
May my life, dear Lord be wholly dedicated to you, always willing to serve, willing to go where you send, willing to endure life's trials, and willing to tell whoever comes my way about Your abiding and faithful Love given through the life of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Gladys Aylward 1902-1970