Today in Christian History – June 13 (2020)

1793 – William Carey and his family sail for India, accompanied by John Thomas. They will do notable mission work there.

William Carey (1761 – 1834) was a British missionary, a Particular Baptist minister, a translator and an activist. He also opened the first University in Serampore (India) offering degrees.

He is known as the „father of modern missions.”

His essay, An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens, led to the founding of the Baptist Missionary Society. He went to Kolkata (India) in 1793, but was forced to leave the British Indian territory by non-Baptist missionaries. He joined the Baptist missionaries in the Danish colony of Frederiksnagar in India (Serampore), and there he lived with people ravaged by extreme poverty and diseases. He translated the Bible into Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Arabic, Hindi and Sanskrit.

William Carey has been called a social reformer and illustrious Christian missionary as well as a colonial ideologue with prejudice, hyperbole and concealed racism.

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