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Bangor sculpture honours legacy of missionary Amy Carmichael

By Adrian Rutherford

A bronze sculpture of a Northern Ireland-born missionary has been unveiled on the 150th anniversary of her birth.

The tribute to Amy Carmichael by artist Ross Wilson went on show on Saturday at Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church in Bangor.

Amy was born on December 16, 1867 in Millisle, Co Down, and later moved to Japan and then India to serve as a missionary.

In 1901 she set up the Dohnavur Fellowship in India to provide a safe home for young girls. The organisation still exists today, providing care and education for around 120 children as well as 60 senior citizens.

Bangor Worldwide Missionary Convention has a strong link with Dohnavur Fellowship and donations were sent from as early as the 1940s.

Mr Wilson said the sculpture portrays Amy as a young girl of 10. He added: "For me as a sculptor I found the process of translating the life of one of my Christian heroes a profound experience, visually reshaping a life, its personality and identity is a deep responsibility."

Tom Clarke, the chairman of Bangor Worldwide and clerk of session in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, said: "Amy was and still is an inspiration to those who want to serve God in other parts of the world."

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