Missionaries will meet resistance, sometimes from the most unexpected places. William Carey, at a meeting of Baptist ministers faced this resistance: “Young man, sit down! You are an enthusiast. When God pleases to convert the heathen, he’ll do it without consulting you or me.”
Despite this, in 1972 Carey boarded a ship with his family and along with a friend to India. Carey himself would spend 41 years in the mission field in India, laboring as an evangelist, social reformer and Bible translator.
While we would not necessarily agree with everything William Carey taught, his life is an example of reliance on God’s strength even in dark times in India:
“This is indeed the valley of the shadow of death to me,” Carey wrote, though characteristically added, “But I rejoice that I am here notwithstanding; and God is here.”
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