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William Carey – English Missionary to India – 1761 - 1834
What William Carey was for the welfare of the country of India is unlike any other one person’s service for a nation in which he/she was not born. The mark Carey left on the country where he spent 41 years of his life, without ever returning to his native England, has been indisputably great and plain to see. His service to India, a land with which he was called by God, was faithfully seen through even amidst the most painful challenges over the course of his missionary time. Carey, with the help of the Lord, powered through seemingly constant death and illness, whether it be the sickness or death of his family or friends, strife and resistance from his financiers and missionary society allies, ot even a fire that claimed years-worth of his written work. He described his dependence on God amidst tragedy in his journal: “This is to me a most awful and tremendous stroke and I have no way left but that of looking upward for help.” Through it all, he was simply resolute to do the will of his Father in India, namely to translate the Bible, preach the Gospel, and establish schools that might propagate the cause of Christ.
Carey’s fluency with languages was showcased even at a young age, having taught himself Latin at just eight years old, a talent that propelled his Serampore Mission. He would translate Biblical texts into a whopping 30 different dialects! His first two important translation projects were the Bengali New Testament (1801) and the Sanskrit New Testament (1808). Many more versions would follow. His Baptist Missionary Society would be a trailblazer for global missionary work, both with shirking the English custom of closehandedness of the Gospel, and with setting a high standard for the founding of schools, (hundreds were established under Carey) and provoking social reform. Under Carey’s watch and constant prayer and petitioning, India would abolish infanticide rituals and other barbaric customs. In addition, Carey would establish Asia’s first ever degree-awarding university, Serampore College. #summerofsaints #india #missionary #williamcarey