If that’s you, we can relate! And not only can we relate, so too can William Carey, the great missionary to India.
William spent a total of 41 years in India, the first eight of which he saw no converts. Not a single one! I wonder how many of his supporters dropped him… Or how many sent him letters saying that his plan was bogus. After all, Carey isn’t called the “Father of Modern Missions” for nothing! His methods (and mannerisms) many times chaffed against the leaders of his day, older ones at that!
At one pastors' meeting, an elderly pastor snapped at him, "Young man, sit
We scoff at such a response, but how often is this scenario repeated where a certain idea for world evangelism, no matter how urgent the need or high the potential rate for success, is shot down and kicked to the side? We’re guilty of this more than we realize.
Did I mention that Carey did not go to school past the age of 12? It’s safe to say he was completely unqualified to be a linguist, translating the Bible into the complicated tongues and dialects of India which range in the hundreds!
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, did you know that Carey also struggled getting ordained? His first ordination sermon was rejected. (I’ve personally never heard of this happening… It must have been a terrible sermon!) It took him another two years before he would successfully complete receive his ordination. Humbling, for sure.
So, if William Carey came by your church, would you have voted him on for support? If you did, during which point of the seven years when he saw no fruit would you have written him off? Maybe when his wife lost her mind? Or after they buried their three small children? Sounds insane, doesn’t it? Radical, even?
Well, it shouldn’t. The problem isn’t that William Carey was so outrageously passionate in missions but that we’ve become so outrageously comfortable in our Christianity over the years that we don’t even know what real sacrifice looks like!
Now, if you would like to continue the work William Carey started by furthering the gospel in India, we invite you to partner with one of our strategic partners in India. They’re sacrificing just as much, in an equally dangerous environment, seeing the hand of God work in ways you can’t even imagine.
If William Carey was still around, wouldn’t you want to invest $100/month in the work he was doing? I’d say that’s a good investment.
There’s still time. Let’s keep the work moving forward.