After China is invaded by Japan, one English woman has to sneak more than 100 Chinese orphans over the mountains to safety. But that’s after she stops foot-binding and befriends wild criminals. True story.
I really, really enjoyed this movie. And I’m not just saying that because I watched it between midnight and 3am. (I tend to get more emotional than normal after 11:45.)
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: In real life, the inn was called The Inn of the Eight Happinesses. All I can say is THANK GOODNESS the producers changed the movie’s title to something so different and creative—full of intrigue, mystery and seduction. I just love exciting movie titles like this one. Go number six.
The movie opens with this text:
This story is based upon the life of Gladys Aylward, a woman of our time, who was and is dedicated to the simple, joyful and rare belief that we are all responsible for each other.
Gladys Aylward felt a spiritual pull toward the people of China, but everyone in England told her she didn’t have the skills or the experience to make a difference. They told Gladys the only thing she was good for was being a maid.
But Gladys went anyway, and ended up becoming a household name among China’s rural population.
We all have things we were meant to do in our lives. For us to recognize those purposes we must first trust in our ability to receive communication from God through the Holy Spirit.
But recognizing revelation is not enough. To fulfill our purposes in life, we must also trust in our ability to make correct decisions based on those revelations—and that usually requires taking a few faith-filled steps into the dark.
We will never know what we are capable of without completely, totally trusting in God.
“And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do.” – 1 Nephi 4:6