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Pages from History: William Carey passes away (1834)

9 June, 1834: William Carey often called “the father of modern Protestant missions” dies, having spent 41 years in India without a furlough. His mission could count only about 700 converts, but he had laid a foundation of Bible translations, education, and social reform.

He also inspired the missionary movement of the nineteenth century, especially with his cry, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God “. As per his will he was buried in the Serampore Cemetery with the following inscription on the tomb stone “William Carey, Born 17 Aug 1761, Died 9 June, 1834; A wretched, poor and helpless worm, on thy kind arms I fall”.

William Carey: The Shoemaker Who Became the Founder of Modern Missions; John Brown Myers; London 1887

William Carey: The Shoemaker Who Became the Founder of Modern Missions; (John Brown Myers; London 1887)

William Carey's tombstone at the Serampore Christian burial grounds (Photo from http://www.careyfamilynetwork.co.uk)

William Carey’s tombstone at the Serampore Christian burial grounds (Photo from http://www.careyfamilynetwork.co.uk)

 

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Pages from History: Fire engulfs missionary William Carey’s print shop in Serampore (1812)

11 March, 1812: Fire engulfs missionary William Carey’s print shop in Serampore, India, destroying his massive polyglot dictionary, two grammar books, sets of type for 14 eastern languages, and whole versions of the Bible.

Undaunted, Carey said, “The loss is heavy, but as traveling a road the second time is usually done with greater ease and certainty than the first time, so I trust the work will lose nothing of real value . . . We are cast down but not in despair.” News of the fire also catapulted Carey to fame, bringing in abundant funds and volunteer labour.

William Carey: The Shoemaker Who Became the Founder of Modern Missions; John Brown Myers; London 1887

William Carey: The Shoemaker Who Became the Founder of Modern Missions; John Brown Myers; London 1887