William Carey: The Father of Modern Missions

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He was known as the “father of modern missions”. He was one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society. He translated the bible into Bengali, Sanskrit and other languages and dialects used in India.
William Carey was born on August 17, 1761 in the village of Paulerspury in Northamptonshire, England. As a child he was very interested in natural sciences, particularly growing plants. He was naturally gifted in languages. He taught himself Latin. At the age of 14, William’s father sent him to a cobbler in the nearby village to learn repairing shoes and shoemaking. John Warr who was an older apprentice Christian working there had a great influence on William. While in his apprentice, William taught himself Greek with the help of a local villager who had a college education. Later, he also taught himself Hebrew, Italian, Dutch and French.
William became involved with a local association of Christians. He became acquainted with people like John Ryland, John Sutcliff and Andrew Fuller, who would become his close friends in later years and they found the Baptist Missionary Society in October 1792. William was invited to preach in a church in the nearby village every other Sunday. On October 5, 1783, William was baptized and committed himself to the Baptist denomination. In 1785, Carey was appointed the schoolmaster for the village of Moulton. He was also invited to serve as a pastor in a local Baptist church. During this time, he read…