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Amy Carmichael was born in Ireland in 1867. She attended Keswick Conventions and experienced a holiness conversion which led her to work among the poor in Belfast. Sensing the Lord's calling to mission work, she applied to the China Inland Mission. Her health prevented her from going to China, though she eventually accepted a position with the Zenana Missionary Society, serving in India from 1895 to 1925.


Carmichael worked with orphans in Tinnevelly and then established an orphanage in Dohnavur caring for girls who would otherwise become temple prostitutes. Later the orphanage accepted boys as well. She never returned to England after arriving in India and died at the age of 84 in Tamil Nadu. She wrote prolifically, publishing nearly 40 books.


After bad fall in 1931, Amy was often restricted her to her room, writing, studying, and where she often wrote of suffering and patience. She was sustained through her passion for scripture and prayer, which guided er strong will and determination in her mission to the children of southern India.

Amy wrote “If” for the community she led with the hope of stimulating and deepening love in herself and her team. Loving deeply is always a challenge, especially among those with whom we live, and those with whom we work. Her desire was to encourage those who "are distressed by past failure and tormented by fear of failure in the future." She wants us to be assured that grace is always available. Failures do not need to defeat us.