Friend of India
When Jesus said “Go…” William Carey did not sit still.
Anyone who has aspired to be a missionary can recite word for word Jesus’ Great Commission: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). Yet few have responded to this stirring call with such single-minded determination as William Carey.
“Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.”
Born in England in 1761, Carey sailed for India shortly after his ordination as a Baptist minister. Carey’s harvest would be great, indeed almost unthinkable by today’s standards.
For not only was William Carey winning souls for Jesus–“baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”–he was keenly involved in improving the quality of life for millions, “teaching them to observe all things…”
William Carey, in his own words, not only expected great things from God, he attempted great things for His Lord and Savior.
William Carey is known as “The Founder of Modern Missions.” Following his work in India, the great wave of Missionaries of the 1800’s set forth worldwide. He also was given the title, “Friend of India” for his help in abolishing the custom of Sati–where a widow was burned alive on her husband’s funeral pyre. His example in going to India and translating Scripture into more new versions of the Bible than had been done in all Christian History combined.