Amy Carmichael was an unlikely missionary. The eldest of 7 children in a strict Presbyterian family, Amy suffered from Neuralgia, a condition that left her bedridden, sometimes for weeks at a time. At the age of 20 she became convinced that missionary work in China was her calling and began working toward her goal. She was barred from entry however, and worked as a missionary in Japan for 15 months, then a brief time in Sri Lanka preceded her eventual arrive in India.
In India she founded a mission in Dohnavur which took in orphans, often young girls who were victims of sexual abuse and slavery. Amy Carmichael wrote extensively throughout her missionary work, omitting none of the desperate times and uncomfortable life of a missionary. This set her apart from her companions and allows us to see just how difficult the life of a missionary at the turn of the century was. Amy Carmichael's courage and tenacity in the face of great opposition is an example of how Christian's can stand up for what they believe regardless of their own talents or abilities.
Clive Staple Lewis was born in 1898. He was commonly referred to as C.S. Lewis and known to many of his close friends and family as Jack. C.S. Lewis spent his working life at Oxford University and Cambridge University tutoring students in medieval and Renaissance literature. During this time he became a Christian and dedicated his life to helping people understand Christianity through his writings. This lead C.S. Lewis to write famous literature pieces like The Screwtape Letters, Merely Christianity, and of course The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, plus the six other books that form The Chronicles of Narnia.
Lewis dies in 1963, one week before his 65th birthday. C.S.Lewis has been increasingly remembered and respected in recent years, especially with the release of the movies The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. He is remembered as a man who made a major impact on this world as a follower of Jesus.
Eric Liddell rose to the very heights of world athletics, beginning to win awards for his all round skill at rugby and sportsmanship when he was only 16 and still in school. When he entered university in 1920, Liddell soon began running in athletic events, and playing rugby for the university and for Scotland in international matches. He travelled to the Paris Olympics in 1924 to contend in two events for which he achieved bronze for the 200m and gold in the 400m, breaking the world record. Liddell's most famous decision was at the Paris Olympics, where he refused to compete in the 100m race because the event was held on a Sunday. The account of his Olympic victory can be highlighted by the major film Chariots of Fire.
Liddell also spent time as a missionary in China, whilst there he taught in schools as a science teacher. When the Japanese invaded China he served by helping wounded soldiers from both sides get to hospital. This was dangerous as the penalty from the Japanese for helping a Chinese soldier was death. He was eventually placed in a Japanese internment camp (Weihsien) where he again served others energetically. He died in Weihsien camp on February 21, 1945 from a brain tumor. Eric Liddell offers a compelling example of how we should live, to be honest and self-sacrificing.
William Wilberforce was born in 1759, and was raise in Hull, Yorkshire, a flourishing sea port in England. He went to Cambridge University and became a Member of the Houses of Parliament where he worked actively for 28 years. He became increasingly aware of the emptiness of the life of the rich and conscious of his own sins, he submitted to following ‘Christ'.
He sought the advice of the infamous John Newton who had once been a notorious slave trader and was now an evangelical pastor (where the song Amazing Grace is from). Newton advised him to stay in politics and serve Christ through Politics.
Wilberforce became known as the ‘Christian Politician'. Wilberforce made several legislations in the Houses of Commons addressing increasing problems of public drunkenness, blasphemy, swearing and is most famous for his abolition campaign against the slave trade in 1789.
William Wilberforce died in 1833 age 74, and his memories and determination to ‘be all you can be' lives on in the House Sprit of Wilberforce House at Thomas Hassall Anglican College. Wilberforce was a strong Christian and demonstrated wisdom, dedication, enthusiasm, kindness and a determination to succeed.