“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” ~ William Carey
A few weeks ago I posted a documentary movie about David Livingstone, and the amazing man behind the stories most of us have heard before. There was so much more to his life, ministry and mission that I had no idea of.
Well, today, we’re going to get to know another Missionary’s journey. You may have heard or read some about William Carey, who is known as the Father of Modern Missions. I had heard of him, but never really read much detail about his life as a missionary in India in the late 1700s.
Many things struck me when I watched this, learning again about the man behind the stories, but a couple of things really stood out for me. One is the years he spent wondering if he’d made the right choice in going to India in the first place. It seemed that everything he tried or did, ended up messing up, and even his family was against him.
How often do we pray about something, and then doing it, believing it’s God’s will, only to wonder if it really was at all? I know I have. Maybe not on the same scale as Carey, but I definitely know that feeling of uncertainty whether something is my own thoughts or God’s will.
The other thing that amazed me is once he realized that he was in the right place, just not the right ministry, his mission exploded. He ended up spearheading the abolition of a horrible tradition of sati, but is still remembered as a Friend of India because of so many things he did for them.
William Carey is an example of someone who faithfully remains steadfast and obedient to the calling God has placed on them, even through tremendous personal loss and when all seems hopeless.
He is also another example of the Lord, by the way he loved those he went to serve. He loved the people, he loved their country. And in the end, the people and country loved him.
I hope folks will find time to watch this, and enjoy!
Have a blessed day all!