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"Expect Great Things; Attempt Great Things"
"Expect great things; attempt great things." These words were spoken by William Carey in the late 1700s. As a young minister he stood in a meeting to argue for the value of overseas missions, and was abruptly interrupted by an older minister who said, "Young man, sit down! When God pleases to convert the heathen, he'll do it without consulting you or me."
William Carey was a poor shoe cobbler in rural England, whose family lived in deep poverty. With little education, he borrowed a Greek grammar and taught himself New Testament Greek, with the book propped up in front of his cobbler’s bench. He later taught himself Latin and Hebrew. He believed that Jesus' Great Commission applied to all Christians of all times, and he had a great burden for lost souls in distant lands.
Before boarding a ship to India in 1792 with his wife and children, he preached a sermon, "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God!" During his 41 years in India he translated the entire Bible into India’s six major languages, plus 209 other languages and dialects. He fought to abolish infanticide, wife burning and assisted suicide. Carey never returned to England, but died in India, his adopted land.
Today William Carey is called the “father of modern missions.” Legendary missionaries like Adoniram Judson, of Burma, Hudson Taylor, of China, and David Livingstone, of Africa, among thousands of others, were challenged by Carey's example, and by his words "Expect great things; attempt great things."
Here on Skid Row we see hunger, homelessness, addictions and lost, lonely people, but God is still able to change lives. Will you join hands with us to “Expect great things; attempt great things,” for God here on these streets? Please go to our secure website with your donation, www.fjm.org, or phone 1-844-FJM-FOOD. You can also mail a donation to PO Box 12345, Covina, CA, 91722.
Willie Jordan (Mrs. Fred Jordan)
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