Big Feet

Gladys Aylward, China Gospel, Big Feet, Feet Binding
After the death of her mentor, British missionary Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) found herself alone in a remote Chinese mountain village without support. 

Chinese friends recommended she beg the local Mandarin leader for mercy. But Gladys had nothing but rags to wear and entering his presence in such clothes could cost her life. 

There was no path before her... 

A few mornings later the locals were shocked when the Mandarin arrived at Gladys' door and insisted she become his official foot inspector. She was the only grown woman with "big feet" and must convince the local Chinese not to bind the feet of baby girls.* He gave her permission to share Christ wherever she went, and paid her for her duties.

"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation" (Isaiah 52:7 & Romans 10:15)

How lovely were Gladys' "big feet" on those Chinese mountain paths. May we use our feet for your purposes too, Lord Jesus.
* Information on the cruel practice of foot binding 
Source: Gladys Aylward, The Adventure of a Lifetime, YWAM publishing
While I recommend this book in the YWAM Christian Heroes series, I do not recommend all of the books in this series.


  1. I have ever seen a movie about this practice. Impressive. Beautiful spiritual lesson, thank you.

  2. Kind of interesting for me to read this devo on the month I've decided to "go barefoot." ;-) God is so like that! Thanks for sharing this story about Gladys Aylward. Such an inspiration she was.

  3. This is so true! When our Lord sends us somewhere He opens the doors and provides!
    Much love XX

  4. Thank you for sharing this story of Gladys. As I prepare to head to Guatemala, this is a wonderful reminder that this trip is about bringing Jesus to the Guatemalan people. Blessings to you.

  5. What an amazing God story!

  6. She was a brave lady bringing the kingdom wherever she went! Thanks for reminding us of her story.

  7. What a lovely story and the discovery of how she could still serve.


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