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India: Preena and the Lady of Light

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The following story is featured on the children’s DVD “The Torchlighters: The Amy Carmichael Story,” available at www.vombooks.com. Check www.torghlighters.org for related study guides and coloring pages.

A Big Sacrifice
Preena was a Hindu girl who lived many years ago in India. She loved her family, but after her father died, the family was very poor.

Hindu temples honor many false gods. Hindus do not believe that faith in Jesus is the only way to have a personal relationship with the one true God.

Preena’s mother wanted to please the Hindu gods. She thought her family would be blessed if she gave the gods a big sacrifice.

So she gave Preena to the gods.

A Sad Life
Preena was sent to live at a Hindu temple. She was not happy at the temple, and she missed her mother. Another temple girl told her that children who are dedicated to a temple god never go home.

Preena tried to run away, but adults from the temple chased her. She ran to a marketplace and bumped into a kind lady. The lady wore a cross on a chain around her neck.

Preena was caught and returned to the temple. But she couldn’t forget the kind lady in the marketplace. “She was all light, like the sun,” Preena told one of the other temple girls.

Amy
The lady of light, Amy Carmichael, was a missionary from Ireland. Her Indian friends told her about the sad lives of the temple children who spent their days serving false gods. Just as Preena could not forget Amy, Amy thought often about Preena and the temple children, and she prayed for them.

Preena again escaped from the temple, and this time, Amy stood up to the temple adults. She refused to let them take Preena back to her dreary life at the temple.

Preena was one of many children Amy rescued during her time in India. Amy told people around the world about the evil custom of giving children to temples. Finally, the Indian government made the custom illegal.

Preena and many other children rescued by Amy followed and served Jesus for the rest of their lives.


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