“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God”, this is the famous line of William Carey. Out of the numerous missionaries both alive and dead, I chose William Carey for his great submission and loyalty to God. Though married thrice and had me raised my eyebrows when he got married just 6 months after his first wife’s death, his contribution to God’s works in India and being the “Father of Modern Missions” still impressed me and encouraged me to write about him.
He was born near Northampton, England in1761 from a poor family. He started shoemaking at the age of 16 as an apprentice until he was 28. He was converted at a young age and shortly afterwards became an active member of a group of Baptist Dissenters. He then spent his leisure time to Bible study and lay ministries.
He got married before he turned 20 to Dorothy, his master’s illiterate sister-in-law and 5 years older than him. From the beginning it was a mismatched marriage, and as time passed and Carey’s horizons broadened the differences dividing them. The earliest years of their marriage were filled with hardship and poverty. Despite the economic hard times, Carey did not turn aside from his study and lay preaching. He then accepted the call to become a pastor of a church.
During his pastoral years, his philosophy of missions began to take shape, sparked first by his reading of Captain Cook’s Voyages. This motivated him to read every book that had information on the “outside world”. He became convinced that foreign missions were the central responsibility of the church. His ideas were revolutionary. His fellow churchmen were strong Calvinists who believe that the Great Commission was given only to the apostles. Because of this, Carey published an 87-page-book’ “An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens”. Many believe that this is the most convincing missionary appeal ever written.
He had a hard time convincing...