William Carey was a Baptist missionary that lived in the 1790’s. As he was pastoring and preaching God’s Word to his church in England, he became burdened for the people around the world who had no access to the gospel. So one day, in 1793, he got on a boat and left for Serampore, India, where he would serve until the day he died in the 1830’s.
It cost him everything to leave England. His wife had great mental stress and eventually passed away on the mission field. He lost children as well. On the evening his wife died Carey penned these words in his journal:
“Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1807. This evening Mrs. Carey died of the fever under which she has languished some time. Her death was a very easy one; but there was no appearance of returning reason, nor any thing that could cast a dawn of hope or light on her state.”
And for seven years he saw no converts, yet continued to preach the gospel faithfully.
Eventually, people began to respond and William Carey would die a hero of the faith in India. Many came to know Christ, there had been social change, schools were started, and the gospel was translated into several languages.
But for the first seven years he lived what seemed to be a relatively insignificant life, simply being faithful to the call of God.
When I was younger and considering going on my very first mission trip, someone encouraged me with the idea that the very safest place to be in life is in the center of God’s will. The safest place to be is the place where Jesus has called you to be. I believe William Carey believed that.
Wherevever God has called you, go there faithfully, go there readily, and go there obediently.
Dr. Jason Dees is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and guest instructor at the Kanakuk Institute.