Small towns can play a huge role in Global history
Kettering is a small town just 80 or so miles northwest of London, England, and which dates back to Roman times. Chances are that nowadays you would just drive past it on your way to somewhere else.
But it was here, in this humble, quiet town that an event took place the ramifications of which have truly changed the world.
It was here in Kettering that the evangelical churches finally caught up with the Moravians and a new century of Christian missions would begin when William Carey and a few like minded friends raised thirteen pounds, two shillings and sixpence to reach the whole wide world with the gospel.
If the powerful activity of the Spirit in the 18th century had served to awaken the English speaking world to the claims of Christ then His continued outpouring in the 19th century propelled the gospel to many other nations.
Instead of being weakened by the growing tide of rationalism and unbelief amongst scholars and academics the church radically invested in mission.
The Father of Modern Missions
William Carey was born in 1761, right in the thick of the Great Awakening led by George Whitefield and John Wesley.
He was born, not too far from Kettering, in a village called Paulerspury in Northamptonshire.
His father was a poor schoolmaster who apprenticed him to a local shoemaker aged only 14. And so, William Carey became a shoemaker by trade.
Like so many other heroes in the unfolding story of the Christian Church, Carey received no tertiary education and did not go to University.
We’ll continue Carey’s story next time…
To read the first part of the William Carey Story click here
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