Year: January, 1921
Amy Carmichael: 54 years old
From Amy's Journal
The man Indian people called "Robin Hood" had been hunted by the police for quite some time. I received word the police found him and a friend hiding in the mountains. They were bound and hauled off to jail.
I prayed asking God if I should go visit Jambulingam, the man known as Robin Hood. I prayed asking God to help this man believe in Him. I sensed right away that God wanted me to speak with him again.
It was two months before I was allowed to speak with Jambulingam.
When the police finally let me in the jail to see him I asked, "How are you?"
"I am tired and beaten," he answered. "But I have news for you, missionary lady. I have given my life to the living God. I have spent a lot of time learning about Him and want everyone to know my news. I want to be baptized."
I was so excited to hear his enthusiasm. "I'll make arrangements and let you know when you can be baptized."
I contacted a missionary man and explained Jambulingam's request to be baptized. He agreed to help. He contacted the jail, spoke with Jambulingam then baptized him.
The police became suspicious of all visitors after the baptism. They refused to let me visit Jambulingam any more before the trial. Only one Indian Christian received permission.
The time came for his trial. He pleaded guilty to the robberies in the mountains and innocent to all the charges that he did not commit. The trial dragged on a long time.
The Indian Christian continued to visit Jambulingam, reading the Bible to him. One day the visitor read from Acts 12, the story of Peter's escape from a prison.
Jambulingam listened closely. "This Peter escaped with the help of the Lord? If the Lord will do that for one of His children, wouldn't he do it for another?"
All night he plotted a way to escape. The next morning he and his friend followed the plan and ran away. "Praise the Lord," Jambulingam shouted. "He has helped us escape."
That was not true. Jambulingam did it on his own.
I was very upset when I heard what he'd done. He was showing Indian Christians that they can disobey the law. It will be a terrible testimony for other Indian Christians. I should have prayed for him more. Taught him more.
I bowed and prayed, asking God to show me what I could do.
Come back next week to read what happened to India's Robin Hood.
Resources used for this series:.
Benge, Janet, and Geoff Benge. Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems. Seattle, WA: YWAM Pub., 1998. Print.
Davis, Rebecca Henry. With Daring Faith: A Biography of Amy Carmichael. Greenville, SC: Bob Jones UP, 1987. Print.
Dick, Lois Hoadley. Amy Carmichael: Let the Children Come. Chicago: Moody, 1984. Print.
Meloche, Renee Taft., and Bryan Pollard. Amy Carmichael: Rescuing the Children. Seattle, WA: YWAM Pub., 2002. Print.
Wellman, Sam. Amy Carmichael: A Life Abandoned to God. Uhrichville, OH: Barbour Pub., 1998. Print.
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