Sunday, November 24, 2013

Biography: Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael was often quoted to have said, "You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving." She exemplified that generous gift of love through her courageous work as a missionary in India for 55 years.

Amy Carmichael, originally from Northern Ireland, founded the Dohnavur Fellowship in 1901 in Tamil Nadu, a small village in the southern tip of India. She was horrified by the Hindu practice of sacrificing children to the temple gods and enslaving them to the priests. Dohnavur became a sanctuary for these temple children and it is still in operation to this day.

When she died in 1951, Amy asked that no stone be put over her grave at Dohnavur. Instead the children she cared for put a bird bath over it with the inscription "Ammai", meaning "true mother" in Tamil.

Serena decided to use the bird bath as the focal point of her project on Amy Carmichael for the SDHL Biography Fair this year.

After many stages of building, pasting, drying, painting, and decorating, the paper mache bird bath was finally done. Serena wrote what she has learnt about Amy Carmichael on cross-shaped papers dangling from the bird bath and on the back of the various pictures about the missionary's life in India.

Serena received many compliments for her very original and creative display this year. With over 30 biography projects to peruse, she enjoyed another great evening of sharing and learning with her homeschool friends!


  1. Must have been a very rewarding project.
    Well done. Love nanny & Papa

  2. Wow this is a beautiful project with great research Serena! Well done!