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Transforming a Culture: The Story of William Carey

LENGTH: 45 minutes (Performed Since 2017)

A story about attempting great things for God

Being a missionary requires, not just desire and passion for the lost, but perseverance and dedication. The mission field can be a place of isolation and constant challenges, whether its with health or learning a new culture and language. Missionaries need encouragement, prayer and financial support.

Transforming a Culture is the story of William Carey (1761-1834) and his family which illuminates these challenges for churches. Known as the ‘father of modern missions’, he created a template that would help others ‘go into all the world and preach the gospel’. However, this would come at great personal cost to he and his family.

William Carey started out as a poor shoemaker and minister in England in the late 18th Century. By the middle of the next century he had become a Professor of Oriental Languages at Ft. William College in Calcutta, India. He also had become a recognized botanist, astronomer, educator and Bible translator; having translated the New Testament into 40 different Indian languages and dialects. He is famous for starting educational instruction in the language of the lower castes; helping to stop sati (widow burning); also, the sacrificing of infants and the burning of lepers. However, he could not have done it alone. For years he prayed that God would send him fellow missionaries and the financial support to make a difference. When God answered, a culture was slowly transformed.

The Bengali region of Eastern India still recognizes and celebrates all that William Carey did for them.

“Expect great things from God! Attempt great things for God!” William Carey

THEMES: MISSIONS AND THEIR PURPOSE; SUPPORTING MISSIONARIES; CHALLENGES OF THE MISSION FIELD; THE NEED FOR BIBLE TRANSLATION; HOW CHRISTIANITY AND GOD’S WORD TRANSFORMS CULTURE

PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL: POSTER, POWER POINT and BACKGROUND HANDOUT

SCRIPTURE:

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19&20

TESTIMONIES:

“Deanna has a unique ability to bring incredible new life into old stories. Her creation of the story of William Carey helps us see the power of one dedicated person to transform a culture. Stories like this give us hope and encourage us to live boldly and to attempt great things for God.”  Dr. Rob Patterson, VP External Relations, Carey Theological College, Institute and Centre

“We were missionaries in India for twelve years. For us, you captured the people and the challenges of ministry. This is a story that needs to be told. A very real story, full of tragedy and hope. And you did it so honestly. May the Lord bless your ministry.”      Pastor Ron & Sharon Harris with CBM, Encouraging Ministry to Indian Pastors and Spouses (now retired)

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