Amy Carmichael: Mother to the Motherless

DVD Release: September 21, 2010
Amy Carmichael: Mother to the Motherless


Amy Carmichael’s heroic life of service has inspired countless Christians to spread the gospel while caring for people in need. Learn more of her amazing story through this in-depth look at her life and ministry. This film follows Amy’s story from her childhood experiences with prayer through her years of faithful ministry and on to the establishment of The Dohnavur Fellowship, an organization which continues to serve the India Amy loved.

Dove Review

A brave young woman, Amy Carmichael became a missionary to India in the early 1900s. She labored tirelessly at great risk to herself, as she fought to rescue young girls from unspeakable evil in this land she loved. She told the true story of the challenges she and other missionaries faced in India in her book, “Things as They Are.” Prior to the publication of her book, many people idealized the life of missionaries in foreign lands. She wrote, with an unvarnished honesty to the world, about the horrible plight of young children who were destined to be “temple girls,” doomed to a wrenching and devastating future of abuse as they were “married” to the gods of the land.

Amy longed to make a difference in the lives of these beautiful brown-eyed children, and she worked tirelessly to share the plight of these girls. Those who supported Amy financially did not welcome her poignant story of her life as a missionary and the horrors the children of India faced, and she risked the possibility of losing her meager missionary support.

The courage of this one woman has inspired many people to live a life of service and give sacrifically to change the world one life at a time. The film also features an interview with Elisabeth Elliot, who counts Amy’s heroic example of service as a motivation to give of herself in the same way.

Amy’s life offers a challenge to everyone who views this inspiring story — that one woman, who gave one day at a time, can make a difference for one person at a time. We are delighted to approve this film for viewers ages 12 and above.

Content Description

Sex: reference to sexual abuse of children
Language: none
Violence: none
Drugs: none
Nudity: none
Other: strong theme of repeated abuse, including marriage of young children to temple gods


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 58 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Nancy Bouwens