On this day in 1800, William Carey and his team arrived in Serampore and made it their headquarters. In October of 1799, Joshua and Hannah Marshman, with their two children, had arrived at Serampore in response to a plea from Carey for more help. Carey decided that it would be best to move the entire work down to Serampore (He was working further north before that). He preferred to call his mission the “Serampore Mission” instead of the “Baptist Mission.” The work around the Serampore mission flourished. The missionaries worked united, sharing everything and all eating from the same table. The Marshmans started two boarding schools for the European children to bring in income for the mission and also started a network of schools throughout Serampore for the Indian children. Hannah Marshman became the unofficial mother to many of the missionary children. Some of them had lost their parents since they arrived in India, and other children, especially Carey’s, were almost ignored because their parents were so busy in the work of the mission. Hannah took these kids in and helped to raise them as her own. William Ward was able to set up a large printing house in Serampore, where Carey’s translation of the Bible, tracts, and other books were printed and distributed all over India and the orient. The Serampore Mission became a center of the missionary work in India.
“The legacy of William Carey: A model for the transformation of a culture.”
Wheaton, IL: Crossway.Mangalwadi, V., Mangalwadi, R., & Winter, R. D. (1999)
On this day in 1739, George Whitefield arrived at Oxford to be ordained to the Gospel ministry. George Whitefield became a Christian while attending Oxford University in 1735. He soon began preaching, finding huge crowds whenever he mounted a pulpit. In just a few years, he was ready to be ordained. His diary entry for Jan. 10 reads:
Slept about three hours, rose at five, set out at ten, and reached Oxford by five in the evening. As I entered the city, I called to mind the mercies I had received since I left it. They are more than I am able to express. Oh that my heart may be melted by the sense of them.
On this day : 365 amazing and inspiring stories about saints, martyrs & heroes (electronic ed.).
Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.Morn, R. J. (2000)ga
On this day in 1856, Hudson Taylor and some of this native workers were attacked by a small group Chinese men. Taylor and his workers had been traveling along the river in their boats handing out tracts and booklets they had translated. Once a crowd would gather, they would stop and teach them out of the Bible. At about noon, they returned to their ships to break for lunch. As was common, a large group of people was waiting at the dock to receive books and hear them teach. Taylor told the crowd that he needed a break before he began and went into his boat to eat. He records what happened next:
I had only just poured out a cup of tea, when a battering began, and the roof was at once broken in. I went out at the back, and saw four or five men taking the large lumps or frozen earth turned up in a field close by, and weighing, I should suppose, from seven to fourteen pounds each, and throwing them at the boat. Speaking to them was of no use; and it was not long ere, by this means, and by battering at the side with the plank placed to walk on and off by, a considerable part of the house of the boat was broken to pieces, and no small quantity of earth covered the things inside. Finally, Dzien (One of the native workers) got a small boat that was passing to land him a short distance, and by a few tracts he drew our assailants away, and thus ended the assault. We now learned that…the cause was our not having satisfied their unreasonable demand for books.
China’s Spiritual Need and Claims By: Hudson Taylor
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