Dear Sovereign Redeemer and other friends,
We are handing out a short book – “The Missionary Fellowship of William Carey” – to every family. It is timely, since it involves a group of Christian friends who bonded themselves together to send/take the gospel to the massively unreached in India. It was William Carey who said to these friends, “I will venture to go… but remember that you must hold the ropes.” He did go, and they did hold the rope.
Quote from the preface (pgs 9, 10):
“With no friends in high places and virtually no financial reserves, this small group of men, believing God that their Christian faith was not meant for Westerners alone, committed itself to sending Carey (and later others) to India… It is my hope that Carey will also be a model for us in this regard, for our culture is not one that provides great encouragement for the nurture and development of deep, long-lasting, and satisfying friendships. True friendships take time and sacrifice, and Western culture in the early twenty-first century is a busy world that as a rule is far more interested in receiving and possession than sacrificing and giving.”
May our children and grandchildren find that we were the same: having been saved by grace, we bonded ourselves together in lasting Christian friendship to send and take the gospel to a place where this grace is virtually unknown.