William Carey, 1761-1834Father of Modern Missions
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The father of modern missions. William Carey was born at
Northamptonshire, England, and became a cobbler at the age of
14. He studied privately on his own, and mastered Dutch,
French, Greek and Hebrew before he was 20 years of age. Two
years later, at the age of 22, he joined the Baptist church,
and began preaching immediately, mostly on the theme of mis-
sions. He helped organize the English Baptist Missionary So-
ciety and was one of its first missionaries to India. His
services there were remarkable for their range and depth.
In addition to soul-winning, Carey founded the
Serampore College, and, with the aid of other linguists, he
translated the Bible into 44 languages and dialects. Through
his efforts, the Bible was made available to 300,000,000 peo-
ple before the American Civil War.
He was also instrumental in developing grammars and
dictionaries in Bengali, Sanskrit, and other native tongues.
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