This week marks the anniversary of the death of noted missionary Amy Carmichael…
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This week’s FREE ebook download is a collection of stories from the work of Amy Carmichael :
Things as they are:
Mission Work in Southern India
by Amy Carmichael
Amy Beatrice Carmichael (16 December 1867 – 18 January 1951) was a Christian missionary in India, who opened an orphanage and founded a mission in Dohnavur. She served in India for 55 years without furlough and wrote many books about the missionary work there.
Initially Carmichael traveled to Japan for fifteen months, but fell ill and returned home. After a brief period of service in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), she went to Bangalore, India for her health and found her lifelong vocation. She was commissioned by the Church of England Zenana Mission. Carmichael’s most notable work was with girls and young women, some of whom were saved from customs that amounted to forced prostitution. Hindu temple children were primarily young girls dedicated to the gods, then usually forced into prostitution to earn money for the priests (i.e., Devadasi) Families often sold their children to the temples if they did not want them, or if they needed extra money and fewer children to feed.
Carmichael often said that her Ministry of rescuing temple children started with a girl named Preena. Having become a temple servant against her wishes, Preena managed to escape. Amy Carmichael provided her shelter and withstood the threats of those who insisted that the girl be returned either to the temple directly to continue her sexual assignments, or to her family for more indirect return to the temple. The number of such incidents soon grew, thus beginning Amy Carmichael’s new Ministry.When the children were asked what drew them to Amy, they most often replied “It was love. Amma (They’re referring to Amy as their mother; Amma means mother) loved us.” Respecting Indian culture, members of the organization wore Indian dress and gave the rescued children Indian names. (via Wikipedia)