William Carey left school at the age of twelve, yet was responsible for overseeing the translation of all or parts of the Bible into forty languages, and the preparation of six grammars and three dictionaries. He attended no university, yet became Principal of the finest college in India in his day—a college still renowned for its excellence nearly two hundred years later. He was sent to India by no government agency, yet became the official translator for the British Raj and head of the Department of Languages in the government training centre. His was a life of determined vision, personal tragedy and outstanding achievement; he became the father of modern missions and his work is still enjoyed by millions across India—this was the legacy of the Northamptonshire cobbler.
Paul and Rosemarie Pease and have three daughters, Ellen, Bethany and Anna. Paul became a Christian whilst working on a local newspaper in Bournemouth and soon after began a two-year study period at Moorlands Bible College. After further study at London Theological Seminary he became pastor of West Kilburn Baptist Church, London, for thirteen years. In 1997 he moved to Hook Evangelical Church, Surbiton, where he now serves as pastor. His interests mainly revolve around his family.
That a mainly self-educated man could end his life as a Professor of Bengali at a training college in Fort William, Calcutta, was amazing, but how much more amazing was how he got there, and his many other achievements. Liberally sprinkled with photographs, drawings and sketch maps, his story is told step by step. From his boyhood to his conversion, then ordination and his enthusiasm for missionary work overseas, a cause hardly recognised by many of his fellows, and not realised for many weary years, until finally he sailed for India, with his wife and family in 1793 and never returned. His was a life of bereavements, heartached and hardship, but obeying God’s call, and continually teaching and preaching the Good News, led to him becoming skilled in Indian languages and with his team, translating the Bible into many of them. At the back of the book there is a list of the other differences he made to India. God be praised! GoodBookStall Review – 21/02/2005 – Mary Bartholomew