On this day in 1823, William Wade, the man who served as the printer for all of the mission work of William Carey, died of cholera  Serampore, India.

As a young man, Wade became the apprentice to a printer, with no intention of ever becoming a missionary.  But as a young man, he accepted Christ and became heavily involved in the Baptist church at Hull, England.  He began traveling and preaching in nearby villages, where people began to refer to him as “a man of promise.”

In 1796, the young Wade met a man named William Carey, who was preparing to set sail to India.  Carey, seeing the skills and ability Wade possessed, told him, “If the Lord bless us, we shall want a person of your business to enable us to print the Scriptures; I hope you will come after us.”  Three years later, Ward sailed to join Carey in India.  Almost as soon as he arrived, he printed the New Testament in Bengalese.  He set up a large printing house in Serampore, where translations of the Bible (Bengáli, Mahratta, Tamil, and twenty-three other languages) , tracts, and other books were printed and distributed all over India and the orient.

In 1819, Ward returned to England due to health complications.  He spent this time traveling to churches, raising money for the mission and the new college they just started in India,  the Serampore College.   He was the first missionary who had ever returned from the East. His warm and animated addresses were well adapted to move popular assemblies. He also visited Holland, and then proceeded to this country, where he spent three months, and raised $10,000 for Serampore College. He was everywhere greeted with the warmest welcome.

He returned to India in 1821, where he picked up the work he left behind.  His influence on the work in India have caused many to refer to him, along with Marshman & Carey, as one of the Serampore trio, the men who helped shine the light of the Gospel throughout India in their day.


Baptist Biographies – Roger Williams Heritage Archives

William Ward

On this day in 1743, David Brainerd, as he labored among the Native Americans of the American wilderness, wrote the following in his journal in regards to why he faced so many trials and what his reaction was:

This morning when I arose, I found my heart go after God in longing desires of conformity to him, and in secret prayer found myself sweetly quickened and drawn out in praises to God for all he had done to and for me, and for my inward trials and distresses of late.  My heart ascribed glory, glory, glory to the blessed God and bid welcome to all inward distress again, if God saw meet to exercise me with it.  Time appeared but an inch long, and eternity at hand; and I thought I could in patience and cheerfulness bear anything for the cause of God, for I saw that a moment would bring me to a world of peace and blessedness.  My soul by the strength of the Lord, rose far above this lower world, and all the vain amusements and frightful disappointments of it.

David recognized that the trials he faced came from God for a reason.  Therefore, he would praise God in the midst of them!

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