Monday, April 25, 2016

Amy Carmichael-My Dream Spoken in Prayer

By Mary Vee
Year: January, 1928
Amy Carmichael: 60 years old

From Amy's Journal

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My name is Amy Carmichael. I am a missionary in India. 

The construction for our mission's hospital began. Watching the boards going up, the floor poured, each day a little more was completed.

This may sound ridiculous, but several years went by while we watched the hospital being built. 

I was never discouraged. I loved watching it blossom from the foundation up to the roof. The children and staff all felt the same way. Each day we prayed. Each night we thanked God. 

The monsoons did not tear it down. The work continued inch by inch. I knew one day I would see the finished building being used by those in need. Both physically and spiritually. 

One day babies will be born here and Indian patients will see that there is a living God who loves them so much, that He sent His one and only Son to take the punishment for our sins and make the way for us to go to heaven to live with Him forever.

The building was nearly completed the morning I stood outside looking at what God gave us. A thought popped in my head and I spoke to God about it. "Wouldn't it be nice, Jesus, to have the staff positions filled by the children who have grown up here? They would ave the greatest understanding of the necessity to show loving care for the little ones?

"Of course, Father, they would have to be trained as doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and counselors. This is so much to ask, but Almighty God I believe this could happen. These children who will have grown to be adults can become the missionaries to carry on this work that you started. Not only can they minister to the children, but also to the villagers all around us." 

I wiped a tear of joy just thinking about the possibility. "Oh, loving God, I never imagined anything like this could be considered when I first came. Now I believe you could make this miracle happen."

A visiting man walked near me. He was speaking with one of the workers. The man asked, "So you're saying that all of these buildings in this mission are paid for? The mission has no debt?"

The worker answered, "That is true."

"That is remarkable. Tell me, how did this happen?"

The worker looked at me then back at the man and said, "You see, this is only one of many complete impossibilities that have become not only possibilities, but miracles here at this mission. They all happened because of the great faith lived and practiced by a woman who lives by example her belief in the one, true, living God before all of us." 

Come back next week to read more of Amy Carmichael.

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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