“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God!” This was William Carey’s admonition as he encouraged believers to be a part of fulfilling the Great Commission in the late 1700s. Carey, a Baptist leader from England, held a conviction for overseas missions, and is considered the father of modern missions.
Carey was influenced by the Moravian Movement, and in 1792 established a missions society. Eventually, Carey moved his family to India as missionaries. After initially underestimating the challenge, Carey saw someone come to accept Jesus seven years later. Carey spent 41 years in India, and during that time was a part of translating the Bible into all six of India’s major languages. His missions movement is credited with seeing 700 converts throughout the nation of India, while his influence of valuing overseas missions continues today.