Amy Carmichael's life has been described as a model of selfless dedication to the Savior, a life of discipleship and abandonment.She lived for one reason, and that was to make God's love known to those trapped in utter darkness. As a young girl she committed her life to Christ, and in 1895 she was commissioned by the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society to go to India. There she stayed for 56 years rescuing children who had been dedicated by their families to be temple prostitutes. She realized God had given her a love for those the world deemed unlovely. This overflow of love God used to start the Dohnavur Fellowship that became a place of safety and refuge for temple children. More than a thousand children were rescued during Amy's lifetime. To them she was known as "Amma," mother in the Tamil language. The work was often stressful and dangerous but she never forgot the Lord's promise "to keep them in all things." Over the course of her life, she wrote dozens of books, and in them we see and hear her words of faith and commitment. "There were days when the sky turned black for me because of what I heard and knew was true....Sometimes it was as if I saw the Lord Jesus kneeling alone, as He knelt long ago under the olive trees.....And the only thing that one who cared could do was go softly and kneel down beside Him, so He would not be alone in His sorrow over the little children. Obedience, total commitment, and selflessness were the marks of Amy Carmichael's life. In a world where the thought of living one's life for Christ Jesus above all else is rapidly fading, she remains a bright and ever burning example of one whoso sole existence was devoted to her Lord and Savior.
Recommended Biography: "A Chance to Die" by Elizabeth Elliotte