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The Story of William Carey

“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, Vancouver, BC

“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)


The Story of William Carey

LENGTH: 45 minutes

(Performed Since 2017)

The true story of a man on a mission to transform a people with God’s Word

“This same good news that came to you is going out all over the world. It is changing lives everywhere, just as it changed yours that very first day you heard and understood the truth about God’s great kindness to sinners.” Colossians 1:6

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 with health, learning a new culture and a new language (depending on where in the world you are). But all the sacrifice is worth it when missionaries see how the gospel changes hearts steeped in superstition, lack of education and even human sacrifice.

My drama, TRANSFORMING A CULTURE, is based on the true story of William Carey (1761-1834) and his family, who left all that was familiar in England to travel to the unknown land of Calcutta, India in the 18th Century.
Their story illuminates the challenges early missionaries faced, especially in the 18th Century.
Known as the ‘Father of Modern Missions’, Carey created a template that would help others ‘go into all the world and preach the gospel’. His passion was to translate the Bible into the common languages of the people of India. Then help to educate them so they could read God’s words for themselves.
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.
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, Carey was able to do so much more than he could on his own. 
Carey is now famous for starting educational instruction in the language of the lower castes. This was something that the British East India Company did NOT want to happen. It was easier for them to keep control of India if the people were kept in ignorance and separated by the Hindu caste system.
Since the spreading of Christianity tends to break down those walls, the ‘Company’ and British Parliament banned all Christian missionaries from entering Calcutta or Serampore. This did not stop William Carey!
He is also known for helping to stop sati (widow burning), the sacrificing of infants and the burning of lepers. 
Other Europeans and missionaries didn’t want to infringe on the culture but Carey knew he could not stand one day before God and say that he did nothing!
Carey and fellow missionaries, William Ward and Joshua Marshman, were also instrumental in starting a college that taught Christian theology, literature and sciences to the people in their own languages, opening its doors to all students, irrespective of their caste, color and creed. Serampore College is still in existence today!
The Bengali region of Eastern India still recognizes and celebrates all that William Carey did for them over 200 years ago!

“Expect great things (from God)! Attempt great things (for God)! William Care

“Carey saw India not as a foreign country to be exploited, but as his heavenly Father’s land to be loved and saved… he believed in understanding and controlling nature instead of fearing, appeasing or worshipping it; in developing one’s intellect instead of killing it as mysticism taught. He emphasized enjoying literature and culture instead of shunning it as maya (an illusion).”  

Vishal Mangalwadi