Belfast Telegraph

Church holds special service to celebrate 150th anniversary of Northern Ireland missionary's birth

By Adrian Rutherford

A service marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of a Christian missionary from Northern Ireland takes place this weekend.

Amy Carmichael was born in December 1867 in Millisle, Co Down.

She established the Welcome Church in Belfast before moving to Japan and then to India to serve as a missionary where, in 1901, she set up the Dohnavur Fellowship to provide a safe home for young girls.

She never returned to Northern Ireland again and died in India on January 18, 1951.

An event marking her life will be held on Sunday at 6.30pm at Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church in Bangor.

The story of Amy's life will be told through words and music in a new work written for the occasion by Etta Halliday, with a closing reflection from Jonathan Clarke - pastor of the Welcome Evangelical Church - on the legacy of Amy Carmichael today.

The congregation will also see a new bronze sculpture of Amy by artist Ross Wilson.

Tom Clarke, Clerk of Session in Hamilton Road Church, said: "Amy was and still is an inspiration to those who want to serve God in other parts of the world.

"Her tireless obedience to God's call remains an example to follow as new generations read her inspirational writings and the work she began continues through the Dohnavur Fellowship today.

"It is fitting that this December we pause to remember her birth and the remarkable legacy she has left."

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