READ : Ezekiel 33:1-11
I have made you a watchman . . . hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.
(v. 7 NIV)
Gladys Aylward was an English parlor maid when she met Jesus. Transformed, she dreamed
of going to another country to share the life she had found in him. Applying to the China
Inland Mission, she failed their entrance requirements. Undeterred, she bought a train
ticket and set out across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway. She settled in a remote
province of China. Joining another missionary, they opened an inn for muleteers. As the
men enjoyed good food and a warm bed, they also were entertained. The women told stories
Later, officials commissioned Gladys to help abolish the custom of foot-binding, giving
her access to Chinese homes and undreamed-of opportunities to spread the gospel. She
eventually became involved in prison reform and established orphanages, leper treatment
centers, and churches. She served the Chinese people until her death in 1970. This was the
testimony of this humble servant: “My heart is full of praise that one so insignificant,
uneducated, and ordinary in every way could be used to his glory for the blessing of his
people in poor persecuted China.”
God’s desire is for all to turn to him and live. He has called us to be watchmen,
extending his invitation to those who are weighed down by burdens too heavy to bear,
whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. More important than either our ability or
inability is our availability!
Praise the Lord for those who serve him as missionaries.