In 1895, this Irish lassie was commissioned by the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society to go to Dohnavur, India, where she served fifty-six years as God’s devoted servant without a furlough.
A major part of her work there was devoted to rescuing children who had been dedicated by their families to be temple prostitutes. More than a thousand children were rescued from neglect and abuse during Amy’s lifetime. To them she was known as “Amma,” which means mother in the Tamil language. The work often was dangerous and stressful. Yet she never forgot Jesus’ promise to “keep them in all things.”
Sherwood Eddy declares that “her life was the most fragrant, the most joyfully sacrificial that I have ever known.”
Here’s one of her most inspiring and challenging poems: