Adversity | Attitude | Attributes of God | Faith | Loss | Ministry | Missions | Sovereign | Sovereignty | Suffering | Tragedy | Trial

William Carey, the father of modern missions . . . faced a ministry disappointment of overwhelming proportions. Only by resting in God’s sovereign purposes was he, like Habakkuk, able to endure and not burn out. Carey began his missionary career to India in 1793. He labored in that country for forty continuous years, never once returning to his native England. Carey was a brilliant linguist, translating portions of Scripture into over a dozen Indian languages. One afternoon after twenty years of plodding labor in that country, all of his work went up in smoke. A fire raged through his printing plant and warehouse. All of his printing equipment was destroyed, but most tragically, many of his…

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