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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: VOMRadio.net. 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. Torchlighters DVDs are available at vombooks.com and torchlighters.org.

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


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?


India: VBS Leaders Arrested for Kidnapping

Children in India reading the Bible

Sixty children in India were singing Christian songs and reading the Bible as they traveled by train to their VBS camp this summer. When they reached their destination, the police arrived and arrested nine adult VBS leaders for kidnapping the children!

Some Hindus in India do not want Christianity to spread in their country. The VBS group had attracted the attention of radical Hindus during their trip. The Hindus called the police and falsely reported that the VBS leaders were kidnapping the children and converting people to Christianity by force.

Three of the leaders were released on bail after 40 days. But the other six remained in jail.

Please pray that the children’s faith will grow and that they will have other opportunities to learn more about Jesus. Ask God to strengthen the VBS leaders. And pray that Hindus will remember the songs and Bible verses they heard from the children and will seek the truth.

Learn more about Hinduism here.


“Hard to Get Rid of the Church”

Burned church in India

The population of Uttar Pradesh is about 204 million. If Uttar Pradesh were a country, it would be one of the top 10 most populated countries in the world.

But Uttar Pradesh is not a country; it’s one of India’s states.

What Would You Do?
About 80 percent of the people in Uttar Pradesh are Hindus. The number of Christians is increasing, and some of the churches in Uttar Pradesh have as many members as some churches in the United States. But the persecution of Christians is also increasing.

Radical Hindus have attacked pastors and burned down churches. Some churches began meeting in tents, but enemies tore down the tents.

What would you do if you belonged to a church in Uttar Pradesh that was attacked? Would you keep building churches or setting up tents that might be torn down? Would you stop going to church? What do you think some Indian Christians are doing?

Some of the churches started meeting outside! “When you can just meet under the trees, it’s hard to get rid of the church!” an Indian pastor said. “Now we are not bound by a building.”

To Talk About
*What would be some good things about meeting outside?
*What would the hardest part of meeting outside?
*Are there any items inside a church that are absolutely necessary for holding a church service?


India: Pastor Mocked and Bullied

Village pastor in India

A Christian pastor was recently mocked and bullied in his home state of Uttar Pradesh in India. A gang of Hindu youth took the pastor from his home, and shaved off his hair, eyebrows, and mustache. Then the mob put the pastor on a donkey and paraded him up and down the city’s streets. They hung a necklace of shoes around the pastor’s neck as a symbol of shame.

The radical youth were angry because the pastor helped other Hindus trust in Jesus as their Savior. You can read more about what Hindus believe here.

Pray for Christian pastors in India who obey Jesus’ command to share their faith (Matthew 28:19), even though people may mock and bully them.

To learn more about Christians in India, download Bold Believers in India from the Download section.