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!