I discovered Amy Carmichael by reading Leslie Ludy’s books. I wanted to learn more about this woman named Amy Carmichael so I check out A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot from the library at the end of my senior year of high school. She became a hero to me. A role model. She is a warrior woman for Christ.
This book chronicles Amy Carmichael’s life from her birth in Ireland to her love-giving life in India. There are real photographs scattered throughout the book and they give you a taste of what it was like. You will be challenged and inspired by this woman who gave her life to Christ and listened to His call to serve in India saving children from temple prostitution and other horrible conditions. While she never married she became “Amma” to those she lovingly gave herself to, mother in Hindi. This name Amma is how many know her because of her influence in their lives. It shows me that when God calls us to love He calls us into relationships deeper than we could imagine. There are no limitations for God.
I am not going to go through the book but rather I want to share a story of Amy Carmichael’s life.
When Amy was very young her mother told her that if she prayed that God would hear and answer her. Amy desperately wanted blue eyes instead of brown. So she pray for that. It seemed unfathomable that the answer God would send was, “No.”
Many years later as she worked in India, part of what she did was rescue young girls from being temple prostitutes. In one such situation, Amy heard about a five-year old girl who had been sold by her family to the temple. Amy stained her skin brown and as she dressed in her sari she could pass for a native. With her brown eyes, instead of blue, she could slip into the temple and help rescue the girl and bring her to safety.
God doesn’t always answer as we first think He should but He is working all things for His good and glory.
This is just one small, tiny, example from Amy Carmichael’s life. I know that I am not going to do it justice. She gave her life to Christ in a completely sold-out manner. She felt His calling on her heart and responded without holding herself back. The love of Christ moved her in love and service for others. When you read her story I pray you will feel the Holy Spirit’s call to your heart to totally surrender and abandonment for Christ in whatever way He calls you to serve Him.
Amy Carmichael is a warrior woman for Christ. And she continues to inspire me to be one for Him as well. This book is on my shelf to re-read this year. I hope you will join me in reading.