I want to share with you some clippings about the Moravians who inspired William Carey to become who we call the Father of Modern Missions.

And now we come to the Count’s first missionary act. Among his schoolboy friends at Halle the chief was Count Frederick de Watteville; Watteville, like Zinzendorf, sat at Francke’s dining-table, and heard the three men from the East discourse; and one day the two boys, strolling beside the red palings outside the school, formed a solemn covenant. In his “Natural Reflections,” Zinzendorf himself describes the covenant as follows:—“We resolved,” he says, “to do all in our power for the conversion of the heathen, especially for those for whom no one else cared, and by means of men whom God, we believed, would provide.” In those words we find the key to our story. The two boys had formed a threefold resolution.

First, they resolved to further Missions;

secondly, they would give their attention to despised and neglected races; and

thirdly, if they could not go themselves, they would trust in God to find recruits.

Hutton, J. E. (1922). A History of Moravian Missions (7–8). London: Moravian Publication Office.

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