As Amy Carmichael travels about southern India at the turn of the twentieth century, her deepest desire is to share Jesus’ love with the local people. She has traded her Irish clothing for a cheap Indian sari, gathered together a small group of women, and laid aside all plans for marriage and children. As one of her Indian companions points out, children would “tie the feet,” taking her attention away from her goal of sharing Christ with the people of India.
Upon adopting the name, “The Starry Cluster,” the little group eagerly sets out with great hope of fulfilling Daniel 12:3 (NIV): “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” However, results are few as the Indian caste system, which does not allow people of different levels to interact, and the society’s lesser appreciation of women, make it difficult to connect with the people. Even so, some of the women and a few children are drawn to their Christian message.
(Source: Leader’s Guide for the DVD The Amy Carmichael Story available at www.torchlighters.org.)
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