Birth of William Carey, English missionary to India and the father of modern missions. While still a teenager, he already could read the Bible in six languages. Carey joined the Baptist church in 1783, and soon began advocating the cause of missions. In 1792 he preached the memorable sermon: Expect Great Things from God; Attempt Great Things for God. The following year, he went to India as one of the fist missionaries under the English Baptist Missionary Society.