Henry Martyn (1781 – 1812)-19th October

Anglicans worldwide today celebrate the feast day of Henry Martyn, Bible translator and missionary to India and Persia.

The story is told of how he heard Charles Simeon preaching about William Carey’s exploits in India, which sowed a seed of passion in Henry for the gospel overseas.  Henry was planning to train for the bar, but he was captivated by the life of this trailblazing missionary, and Bible translator David Brainerd’s biography also caught his interest.  He had hoped to be a missionary with the Church Mission Society, but when financial tragedy struck his family, his plans were turned in another direction. Thus he set off to India to be a chaplain instead with the British East India Company.  God’s call remained, but the means and ways were different to those Henry first had in mind.

Source: Henry Martyn (1781 – 1812)


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