William Carey was born in Paulspury, United Kingdom August 17, 1761. His parents were Edmund Carey and Elizabeth Carey (Wells). He was one of five children.
William Carey had very little education other than teaching himself to read the Bible in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Dutch, French and English. He became an apprentice to a shoemaker at age six-teen in Hackletown. He had three wives and six children. He taught in Northamptonshire.
William Carey died in Serampore, India on June 9, 1834.
William Carey became a missionary because he was so discouraged that other Protestants didn't think that mission work was important. He believed the Great Commission applied to everyone and not just certain groups. His devotion to the modern Christianity movement and his time devoted in Converting Hindus into Christianity, translating the Bible in 44 Indian languages and dialects. He also taught at a Serampore College. He preached illegally in India after moving his family in 1773. After seven years he had his first convert in 1800
The legacy William Carey left behind is all of the translations of the Bible he completed, and he inspired the missionary movement of the 19th century. The movement was that people should also witness to people in other countries and not just in their country. William Carey was an example to everyone through this movement. He was also a part of the movement to stop Sati, a ritual that the widows would be burned after their husbands died.
William Carey did not receive any awards and did not want to receive any. He told his friend on his deathbed to not talk about him when he was gone but to talk about his God.
William Carey's verse that he always preached on was Matthew 28:16-20, the Great Commission. His famous quotes were " I'm not afraid of failure; I'm afraid of succeeding at the wrong things that don't matter," and "expect great things from God, attempt great things for God."
Interesting facts about William Carey are: during the apprenticeship, he met dissenter, John War. This caused Carey to leave the church of England and join other dissenters to form a small congregational church near Hackletown. He also taught him self to read Hebrew, Italian, Dutch, and French. In 1785 he became a schoolmaster for Moulton village and was asked to serve as the pastor to the local Baptist Church. In 1789 he became a full timer pastor for Harvey Lane Baptist Church.
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