William Carey and His Ten Strategies

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"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God" is a quote by William Carey, a missionary to India, and encarved on his tombstone. Carey's goal was to build an indigenous church "by means of native preachers" and by providing Scriptures in the native tongue, and to that end he dedicated to his life. Carey had an intriguing life and he developed ten strategies which missionaries use today. Carey was born on 17th August 1761 at Paulerspury, a pleasant village in Northamptonshire, England. He was the eldest of five children of a weaver, who later turned schoolmaster. In his early boyhood, signs began to accumulate that he would be a talented according to his neighbors who took note of him. There was a determination about him. Carey later in life said "I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything." At the age of twelve, he had his first encounter with another language, and this helped him in the future. He learned most of the Latin Vocabulary by heart. He also learned Greek, Hebrew, Dutch and French. At the age of sixteen, he packed his few things and left to become Clark Nichols's apprentice as a shoemaker. On June 17th 1781, he married Dorothy Plackett. During this time, he would study, serve as pastor to two very small Baptist churches, and he continued to make shoes. These few years helped develop his philosophy of missions and it first happened when he read Captain Cook's Voyages. The churchmen of 18th century believed that the Great Commission was only for the apostles and therefore converting the heathens" were not their concern. When Carey presented his ideas to some ministers, one man said "Young man, sit down. When God pleases to convert the heath... ... middle of paper ... ...3. Finnie, Kellsye M. William Carey: Missionary Pioneer. Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1986. Print. 4. Middlebrook, J. B. William Carey. London: Carey Kingsgate, 1961. Print. 11-12. 5. Walker, F. Deaville. William Carey. Chicago: Moody, 1980. Print. 6. William Carey - Timeline." William Carey - Baptist Missionary. Web. 07 Apr. 2011. . 7. Carter, Terry G. The Journal and Selected Letters of William Carey. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2000. Print. 8. "Theology Department | Serampore College." Welcome to Serampore College. Web. 07 Apr. 2011. . 9. "William Carey - Theopedia, an Encyclopedia of Biblical Christianity." Main Page - Theopedia, an Encyclopedia of Biblical Christianity. Web. 07 Apr. 2011. .

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