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Jump–On Taking a Leap of Faith (and the story of one famous missionary)

FAITH:  the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT) or in the NIV:

hebrews 11-1

…like jumping off a cliff into the unknown.

No promise of success.

The only guarantee: Jesus.

A small 27 year old single woman leaves her home in England on a train bound for China with a dream in her heart and a word from God. It’s 1931. She’s a high school drop out, a Bible College flunk-out, a housemaid.

She glances back at the friends and family she’s leaving behind. It’s bittersweet to follow this dream in her heart.

She jumps.

leap of faith

For two whole weeks, the train plods along until it suddenly stops at the Siberian/Chinese border in the middle of a war zone. With guns and bombs exploding all around her she is forced off the train and walks 30 miles in the cold Siberian winter to the nearest town to escape the front lines.

In this town her dream feels like its turning into a nightmare. Russian soldiers imprison her, strip her down, rob her of money and belongings (except her Bible and a one pound note). They put her on a train across Siberia, confiscate her passport and intend to use her as a skilled laborer in the Communist regime. 

By the hand of God, she miraculously escapes and through a series of God-breathed events she arrives on China’s shores three weeks later.

For the next 25 days she travels to an unreached people group in Northern China where she begins a ministry that would span her life and would be written down in history books.

One call of God. One leap of faith. Against all odds God met her willingness to trust Him and she left a legacy.

She jumped.

Her name was Gladys Aylward, famous missionary to China, pioneer, Bible preacher, child rescuer.

You stand over the edge of a cliff looking down at the unknown. Your toes curl over the rock’s edge.Your heart pounds. You feel excitement, fear, adventure and longing at all that lies beyond. A dream beckons you. You hear His voice calling your name.

You have a choice to either stay here and wonder at what is beyond this point or jump into a great adventure God has for you no matter the trials, challenges and adversity you will face.

What is the dream in your heart that keeps you at the edge of this cliff?

Do you jump?

Leave me a comment and let me know your answer to this question.

“I wasn’t God’s first choice for what I’ve done for China…I don’t know who it was…It must have been a man…a well-educated man. I don’t know what  happened. Perhaps he died. Perhaps he wasn’t willing…and God looked down…and saw Gladys Aylward…And God said – “Well, she’s willing.”
– Gladys Aylward

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Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.

So, let’s do this thing. Let’s write.

Set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.


1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


15 thoughts on “Jump–On Taking a Leap of Faith (and the story of one famous missionary)

  1. Love the story of Gladys Aylward. What an inspirational woman. Read one of her biographies to my kids last year .. thank you for bringing her story to the forefront of my mind. Blessings to you as you trust God to help you jump when He asks you to, as well.

  2. The biography of Gladys Aylward is one of the best books I’ve read. She was fearless and courageous and was told she was “unqualified” to be a missionary. There is an oldie movie about her life, “The Inn of Sixth Happiness”. Love your post! I’m encouraged to trust God for the mission he has given me. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for the follow on faithsighanddiy. Starting a blog was my “jump” Everyday I jump a little higher. Thanks for the great post. I had never heard of Gladys Alyward. Thanks for the introdution.

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