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Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael was a woman who loved the Lord and wanted to spread His love to the less fortunate.

She was raised in a wealthy family in Millisle, Ireland in 1867.  Her father had a successful business in the community.  He owned a flour mill and was able to send Amy to the best boarding schools and provided her with many fine things. She was raised along with six other siblings in a devout Presbyterian family.

Amy's life was changed at age eighteen when her father died.  The family had to move to Belfast, Ireland due to financial trouble.  While there, she started working for the missions in the city. After this experience in mission work, she went to Japan in 1883 with the backing of the Keswick Convention.  In 1887, she heard Hudson Taylor speak on missionary life. He is the founder of the China Inland Mission. Soon after his speech, she knew it was her calling to go into missionary work.

After going home to Ireland to care for a family friend that was ill, she went to India. This was the place where she knew her work was ordained by God.  While in India, Amy helped saved the Hindu temple children from a life of prostitution that she uncovered from the women she ministered to.  She started the Dohnavur Fellowship which had one-hundred thirty-three children being taking care of after twelve years of her ministry. Amy had cared for the spiritual and physical needs of these children.

As a young girl, Amy had never liked the fact that she had brown eyes, and had complained to God because she didn't have blue eyes. It wasn't until she was working as a missionary having to cross over the border of another country and pass as a native, in order to save the young girls, that she realized that without her brown eyes, she would have never been able to slip through the culture unnoticed and save the young girls from a life of slavery.

Her life was one filled with self-sacrifice and love for all mankind.

India was her home until her death in 1951. Amy Carmichael was one woman who did obey the call of God on her life, and through her obedience and love for Jesus, many lives have been touched and given eternal life with Christ.       

Amy Carmichael


  “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

Amy Carmichael - [Love]  

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