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Missionary Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael was born in Ireland on December 16, 1867.

Amy Carmichael was 17 years old when her father died. For several years, she helped her mother take care of her six brothers and sisters, and she shared Jesus’ love with others around her. But she believed God was calling her to be a witness for Him in other lands.

Amy boarded a ship for India in 1895. For more than 50 years, she served God as a missionary among the people of her new homeland. She worked tirelessly, and she freed many children from Hindu temples where they spent their time serving false gods. (Read a story and watch a video clip about her work with the temple children here.)

One day, after she had been in India for many years, Amy asked God to use her in any way He saw fit to make her better able to do His will and to help others. That afternoon, she was seriously injured in a fall. She had to stay in bed for the next 20 years. Amy believed that God was now calling her to write about her missionary experiences. At first, she didn’t want to write about herself, but she obeyed. Amy wrote many books, letters, and songs from her bed.

Amy had five rules that she used in deciding what to write. The rules were:
Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it helpful?
Is it necessary?
Does it have the “seed of eternity” in it?

Amy Carmichael died in 1951 at the age of 83. She inspired other Christians to become missionaries, and she rescued many in India from hopeless empty lives.

(Sources include: From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya by Ruth A. Tucker and 50 Women Every Christian Should Know by Michelle DeRusha.)

To Talk About
• What do you think Amy meant by asking, “Does it have the “seed of eternity” in it?
• At first, Amy did not want to write about her experiences. Can you think of anyone in the Bible who did not want to follow what God was calling them to do at first?


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