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       William Carey
       1761-1834
      
       The English Baptist preacher William Carey was known as the father of modern Protestant missions, and was a pioneer of new-style evangelism in India. He helped found the Baptist Missionary Society in 1792 and shortly thereafter went to India. Carey did most of the work in publishing the Bible in many Indian vernaculars. He wrote grammars of the vernaculars and several dictionaries. He became a professor of Sanskrit at Fort William College, Calcutta.
      
       In 1793 Carey arrived in India, where he was confronted with the antimissionary attitude of the British colonial government. He settled in the Danish colony of Serampore, near Calcutta, where he inspired the teamwork of the "Serampore Trio" (Carey, William Ward, and Joshua Marshman). This "commune" attempted to translate the universality of the Christian faith into terms of practical involvement in all aspects of Indian life.
      
       The basic principle of communal life was that every member should be, as far as possible, self-supporting. Carey paid for his missionary work (among other things) by acting as a director of an indigo factory and as a professor of languages in a secular institution. The objective of the community was to disseminate the gospel in all possible ways: by preaching, by teaching (in schools), and by literature (translating the Bible into more than 30 languages). Carey's translation service was noteworthy. He also made available some of the Indian classics and was instrumental in the renaissance of Hindu culture in the 19th century.

A wretched, poor and helpless worm, on Thy kind arms I fall.

    Topics: Death
    Source: His requested epitaph

I will go down, if you will hold the ropes.

    Topics: Evangelism
    Source: his missions philosophy

Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us? Can we not do more than now we are doing?

    Topics: Evangelism

Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.

    Topics: Faith

All my friends are but one, but He is all sufficient.

    Topics: Friendship, God

The future is as bright as the promises of God.

    Topics: Grace, The Future

I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.

    Topics: Perseverance

Prayer - secret, fervent, believing prayer - lies at the root of all personal godliness.

    Topics: Prayer, Believing, Godliness

Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.

    Topics: Service, Faith

To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.

    Topics: Service, The Bible


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