Amy Carmichael, her mother, and siblings

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					    Amy Carmichael, her mother, and
   Amy Carmichael was
    one of the best known
    and well-loved
    missionaries of the 20th
   She was born on Dec.
    16, 1867, in Ireland, and
    was the first of seven
    children. She was
    raised in a Christian
  The Carmichael Home in Millisle, Ireland.
 Her parents, David and Catherine were the
prosperous owners of Carmichael Flour Mills.
        Amy Carmichael at age 24
   She committed her life to
    God as a child.
   After her father died, Amy
    and her family moved to
    Belfast, Ireland, where she
    did missions work.
   In 1886, she attended a
    spiritual life conference in
    England as part of the
    “Keswick Movement”,
    which stressed a deeper
    relationship with God.
        Amy Carmichael at age 24
   After the Keswick meeting,
    her expensive tastes in food
    and clothing disappeared,
    and she saw the greater
    importance of living a life of
    service and devotion to God.
   For many years, Amy cared
    for Robert Wilson, the
    chairman of the Keswick
    Conventions, who was like a
    father to her.
    Amy as a Missionary in Japan
   On January 13, 1892,
    Amy heard 2 words
    from the Lord, “Go,
    ye..” .
   This missionary call
    moved her to action,
    and, supported by the
    Keswick Convention,
    she went as a
    missionary to Japan.
    Amy as a Missionary in Japan
   Amy stayed only 15 months
    in Japan due to hardships,
    the difficulty of the
    Japanese language, and
    serious anxiety, which was
    called “Japanese head”.
   She sailed for China, then
    Ceylon (Sri Lanka), then
    returned to England to care
    for Mr. Wilson for about
    one year.
     Amy as a Missionary to India
   Amy was advised to go
    to Bangalore India for a
    change of climate.
   In India, Amy began
    traveling from village to
    village with some
    Indian Christian ladies
    spreading the Good
    News of Jesus Christ.
     Amy as a Missionary to India
   In India, Amy was
    supported by the Zeanna
    Missionary Society of the
    Church of England.
   She moved to Dohnavur, a
    village near the southern tip
    of India.
   In 1901, Amy met Preena
    (“Pearl Eyes”), a sweet 7
    year old girl who had
    escaped from a life of
    slavery in the Hindu temple.
   Preena pleaded for Amy to
    help her.
    The Precious Children of India
   Amy started Dohnavur
    Fellowship in the state
    of Tamil Nadu, India in
    1901, with the purpose
    of rescuing children
    from slavery and abuse
    in Hindu temples.
   She called the children
    that she cared for her
    “Lotus Buds” (after the
    beautiful flowers).
    Amy with one of her “Lotus Buds”
              at Dohnavur
   Many Christians came to
    help Amy care for the
    children at Dohnavur,
    especially “house mothers”
    who looked after the
    children’s needs.
   Many fellow missionaries
    rejected Amy for her
    determination to rescue
    children from the abuse of
    the Hindu temples because
    they did not think that such
    a horrible thing could
    Children in the Hindu Temples
   Some children were given to
    the Hindu temples where
    they were “married to the
    gods” in religious
    ceremonies, then abused by
    Hindu priests and other
    men. Girls were especially
   Amy was often accused of
    kidnapping by angry Hindus
    when she took children
    away from the temples.
    The Outside of a Hindu Temple
   Amy spoke out against
    the evils of mistreating
    children in the Hindu
   Indians knew that the
    abuse of children in the
    temples was a “secret
    sin” of Hinduism.
   Thanks to Amy and
    others, this abuse was
    made illegal in 1948.
The Scenery Surrounding Dohnavur
       in Tamil Nadu, India
    The Cottage Nursery at Dohnavur
   God provided for Amy and
    her workers at Dohnavur.
    Nurseries, a hospital, a
    school, and other facilities
    were built as God provided.
   Amy started a Protestant
    religious order called “the
    sisters of the Common Life”
    for single women who
    wanted to enter missionary
One of Amy’s Beloved Workers with
    the Children at Dohnavur
   Many children who
    grew up at Dohnavur
    stayed on to help.
    Amy’s “family” grew.
   During her lifetime,
    over 1,000 children
    (both boys and girls)
    were saved from Hindu
    temples, housed, and
         A Grand Tour to Madras
   Sometimes Amy, a select
    few of her children, and
    helpers would leave the
    compound at Dohnavur and
    go on an outing.
   Once Amy took 14 children
    and 5 helpers on a train to
    Madras, India, where they
    visited the beach, many
    sights in the city, and saw a
    “movie” for the first time!
      Amy Carmichael’s Writings
   Amy always made time
    to write, no matter how
    busy she was.
   Throughout her life she
    wrote 35 books and
    poems that continue to
    inspire Christians to
    fulfill God’s call on
    their life.
             The House of Prayer
   In the middle of the
    Dohnavur Fellowship
    compound, Amy built The
    House of Prayer at God’s
    direction with money that
    God provided.
   Amy Carmichael was a
    woman who knew how to
    hear from God, and she
    spent many hours in prayer,
    knowing how important it is
    to talk to God daily.
               Amy’s Last Days
   Toward the end of her
    life, Amy suffered a
    broken leg and a twisted
    back due to an
    accidental fall.
   For the last 20 years of
    her life, she was an
    invalid and stayed
    mostly in her room on
    the Dohnavur
             The Room of Peace
   Amy’s room at
    Dohnavur Fellowship
    was called The Room of
   Amy was surrounded by
    books, scripture
    phrases, and people that
    she loved.
   She continued to write
    books and poems.
Amy Carmichael’s Homecoming
   Amy Carmichael died at the
    age of 83 in 1951. After a
    simple service in The House
    of Prayer, her body was
    buried in “God’s Garden”
    on the Dohnavur grounds.
   Her grave is marked with a
    simple stone table inscribed
    with the word, “Amma”, her
    Indian name, which means
     Dohnavur Fellowship Today
   Today, Dohnavur
    Fellowship is still a
    thriving ministry more
    than 50 years after Amy
    Carmichael’s death.
   Dohnavur continues to
    accept children in
    danger from poverty,
    abuse, and neglect.
      Dohnavur Fellowship Today
   Set on 400 acres in
    Tamil Nadu, India,
    Dohnavur Fellowship
    includes a hospital, 16
    nurseries, a school, and
    other facilities.
   Many books and a
    movie have been
    produced about the
    inspiring life of Amy
    Amy Carmichael, Inspiring Others
        to Become Missionaries
   Elisabeth Elliot, a
    famous author, speaker,
    and missionary to tribal
    people drew her life’s
    inspiration from Amy
    Carmichael and has
    written a biography of
    Amy’s life.

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