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Inspiration from Amy Carmichael

“Brother Dan,” a Christian who works among Hindus in India, recently shared the following story about missionary Amy Carmichael with VOM workers. The story encourages Brother Dan as he spreads the gospel of Jesus.

Brother Dan’s Story
[Hindus in India] are desperate for answers. I can remember Amy Carmichael and one of her stories that has always stayed in my mind. It’s about a 12-year-old girl named Arulai in India. She had a problem with anger; her friends didn’t want to be around her. It doesn’t seem like a big thing to us, but it was to her. She couldn’t get free from this anger, this bad temper that she had. She went to her father, and they would pray to the gods. She would go to the Hindu priest, and there was no change. One time she went out into a field for hours just crying to the Hindu gods, and nobody helped her.

One day she was going to the village well to get water and Amy Carmichael and part of her team were there, and they were preaching the gospel. The man who was preaching said these words, “I was like a lion but God turned me into a lamb.” That stayed in Arulai’s mind. She wanted to understand, “Who is this God who is actually able to change our character?”

She began to go to Amy’s meetings, and she was beaten and cast out of her home. Even as a teenage girl she gave her life to the Lord, and she ended up living with Amy. There are so many stories like that among the people we do ministry with in India who The Voice of the Martyrs is sponsoring.

(Source: To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity, length, and age appropriateness.)

The photo above shows Amy sharing the gospel with Arulai and her cousin. The picture is from the Torchlighters DVD The Amy Carmichael Story. Find out more about Torchlighters DVDs here.

Read more about the differences between Hinduism and biblical Christianity here.