Holding the Ropes – William Carey

Missionary William Carey

William Carey“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” – Missionary William Carey

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance …” – Colossians 4:2-3

William Carey, who is known as “The Father of Modern Missions,” served in India from 1793 – 1834. By the time Carey died, he had spent 41 years in India without a furlough. While his mission could count only some 700 converts in a nation of millions during those four decades, we must never forget that those were 700 souls that NEVER would have come to Christ had Carey chose to stay home. Carey also laid an impressive foundation of Bible translations, education, and social reform.

It was William Carey who made famous the oft quoted words, “Hold the ropes,” which referred to those who did not go, but remained behind, praying and financially supporting those who would go.

As a prayer partner with those who are called to go, you too will have an impact that can reach around the world.

After hearing an account of the spiritual needs of India, the secretary of a missions meeting Carey was attending remarked: “There is a gold mine in India, but it seems almost as deep as the center of the earth. Who will venture to explore it?” “I will venture to go down,” said Carey, “but remember that you must hold the ropes.”

If one is convinced that God does not want him to “GO,” he must be willing to “hold the ropes” for those who do “GO.” Holding the Rope

Just reflecting on the words, “I will venture to go down, but remember that you must hold the ropes.” 

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