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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3 Ways You Can Bless Your Pastor

Being a pastor is not easy. As John Holt said it well, 

Ministry is giving when you feel like keeping, praying for others when you need to be prayed for, feeding others when your own soul is hungry, living truth before people even when you can’t see results, hurting with other people even when your own hurt can’t be spoken, keeping your word even when it is not convenient, it is being faithful when your flesh wants to run away.

Your pastor carries a significant responsibility and concern for the people in his church. As a church member, you can be either a blessing or a burden to him. 

Your influence on your pastor’s life is greater than you realize.

With that in mind, here are 3 simple ways you can bless your pastor.


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…