01 December 2017
East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has tabled a motion in Parliament to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of local born missionary Amy Carmichael.
DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office
Commenting on the motion the DUP MP said, “Amy Carmichael is someone whose life and work deserves to be commemorated and celebrated. Her ministry started here in Northern Ireland and still lives on today through the Welcome Evangelical Church in Belfast and in 2016 the church opened the Amy Carmichael Centre which houses classrooms and other community facilities including a sensory room for people with autism.
She was the first missionary sent out by the Keswick Convention and after a few years she went to Southern India where she served for over 50 years. It is that work there and founding the Donavur foundation for which Amy is best known. Known in India as ‘Amma’ (Mother) she spread the gospel and rescuing and providing sanctuary for over one thousand babies and children.
Amy Carmichael was someone whose life was utterly devoted to others. Famously when asked what missionary life was like she wrote back indicating her commitment to eternal values, “Missionary life is simply a chance to die.”
It is right that the 150th anniversary of her birth should be marked in Parliament. As one of the most famous Christian missionaries of the 20thCentury her life and work deserves recognition.”