Has any spiritual fabric ever been built except upon invisible foundations? “The steps of faith fall upon the seeming void and find the rock beneath”; but the rock is hardly ever seen till afterwards. Just when the step has to be taken, coils of blinding, smothering mist descend upon the path…. And the foot that seems to step out on nothing finds rock.

– Amy Carmichael, Gold Cord, 1932

Amy Beatrice (a.k.a. Wilson) Carmichael (December 16, 1867–January 18, 1951) was a Protestant Christian missionary in India, who opened an orphanage and founded a mission in Dohnavur. She served in India for fifty-six years without furlough and authored many books about missionary work. She was called Amma by those who knew her (which means mother in the Tamil language.)