Missions History: Amy Carmichael

“It is great to be faced with the impossible, for nothing is impossible if one is meant to do it. Wisdom will be given, and strength. When the Lord leads, He always strengthens.”

The woman who wrote these inspiring words spoke from the crucible of experience. For over 50 years, Amy Carmichael served as a Anglican missionary in southern India. Through her ministry, hundreds of children were rescued from slavery in the Hindu temples. Her books have inspired Christians around the world to serve God—both in their Jerusalem and on the mission field. Amy’s writing also paved the way for legal reforms in India to protect children and outlaw prostitution. However, Amy’s life and ministry were marked by obstacles that seemed insurmountable. Sometimes, people at our church in North Sydney face difficult circumstances as well.

Here are just a few of the “impossible” obstacles that she overcame by God’s strength.

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus: The Story Behind the Hymn

 

Digging into the history of hymns, we often find people we can relate to.

Today, let’s discover the story behind the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”  

One of the best known hymns of our time, it offers comfort and strength. We enjoy singing this popular hymn at our church in North Sydney. Although its author was not a famous hymn writer, it has stood the test of time. What is the history behind this hymnRead more…


Hymn Stories: No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus

In November of 1871, a son was born to a German baker and his wife in Lafayette, Indiana. Charles Weigle grew up in a devout Methodist home. However, he had a violent temper and often got into fights with other boys.
One night, he attended a revival meeting at his church. The Holy Spirit worked in his heart, pointing out his sin and need for Christ. He later wrote, “There seemed to be no hope for me. My sins towered up before me. Then Jesus came and quieted my fears. He paid the penalty for all my sins and guilt…When this great truth dawned upon my mind, my heart was filled with gratitude and praise. There came a great love into my heart for my Saviour.” 

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