Missionaries D. Ravi Kumar, Vellore Christian Assembly, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.
John Wycliffe (mid-1320s – 31 December 1384) was an early advocate for translation of the Bible. He completed his translation directly from the Vulgate into vernacular English in the year 1382, now known as the Wycliffe Bible.
Hindu temple children were young girls dedicated to the gods and forced into prostitution to earn money for the priests. Much of her work was with young ladies, some of whom were saved from forced prostitution. The organization she founded was known as the Dohnavur Fellowship. Dohnavur is situated in Tamil Nadu, thirty miles from the southern tip of India. The fellowship would become a sanctuary for over one thousand children who would otherwise have faced a bleak future. In an effort to respect Indian culture, members of the organization wore Indian dress and the children were given Indian names. She herself dressed in Indian clothes, dyed her skin with dark coffee, and often travelled long distances on India's hot, dusty roads to save just one child from suffering. While serving in India, Amy received a letter from a young lady who was considering life as a missionary. She asked Amy, "What is missionary life like?" Amy wrote back saying simply,“ "Missionary life is simply a chance to die.”
He answered the call of King Frederick IV of Denmark for clergy who would spread the Gospel in India. On July 9, 1706, Ziegenbalg and Heinrich Plütschau arrived in the region of Tranquebar, thus becoming the first Protestant missionaries to arrive on the Indian sub-continent and starting the Danish-Halle Mission. The two laboured intensively, despite opposition from the local Hindu and Danish authorities in Tranquebar, baptizing their first Indian converts on May 12, 1707. A printing press was established and the New Testament was translated into Tamil by Ziegenbalg in 1715. This translation, with minor revisions by his successor, Johann Fabricius, is still in use today, as is the Church of the New Jerusalem, which he dedicated in 1718.
Anthony Norris Groves (February 1, 1795 – May 20, 1853), has been described as the "father of faith missions". He launched the first Protestant mission to Arabic-speaking Muslims, and settled in Baghdad, now the capital of Iraq, and later in southern India. His ideas influenced a circle of friends who became leaders in the Brethren or Plymouth Brethren. Among these were J. N. Darby, J. V. Parnell, (Lord Congleton), and George Müller, who had married Groves's sister Mary.
William Carey (b. 17 August 1761 d. 9 June 1834) was an English Protestant missionary and Baptist minister, known as the "father of modern missions.“ Carey was one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society. As a missionary in the Danish colony, Serampore, India, he translated the Bible into Bengali, Sanskrit, and numerous other languages and dialects. He also has at least four colleges named after him, William Carey International University in Pasadena, California, Carey Theological College, Carey Baptist College, and William Carey University, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Mahakavi K.V. Simon was born at a time when the dawn of renaissance in life and letters was yet to break on the Kerala horizon, in a small village called “Edayaranmula.” There was little facility for formal education beyond the primary level. Young Simon's formal schooling came to an end when he was just thirteen and at that tender age he was obliged to accept the post of a teacher in the local school. However his elder brother K.V. Cherian, a distinguished scholar, had given him a good start in “Sanskrit,” one of the ancient languages of the world. It is amazing how with his meager background, Simon was able to reach great heights as a scholar, poet, singer, and preacher during the 61 years of his life (Feb, 7, 1883 to Feb 20, 19 44) He not only witnessed historic changes in the political and cultural life of India , but also outgrew his shell fast and came to be recognized as a beacon light, enhancing the quality of life around him Mahakavi (great poet) was a polyglot who knew many languages like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindustani, English, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Syrian. In his mastery of Sanskrit he can be compared with any great scholar in India . In his native language, Malayalam, he was a gifted poet who combined in himself classical grandeur and lyrical flavour.
He was also a prose writer of rare charm, a composer of soul-stirring Christian hymns, an eloquent and scintillating speaker, an outstanding teacher, and an invincible debater. Besides all of this, he had a profound knowledge of the Hindu religion and a remarkable mastery over Christian theology. Above all, he was a towering spiritual leader who lived a life of Great sacrifice with steadfast faith in his master for whom he worked with great zeal and devotion. It was in 1931 that he published his “Veda Viharam” or “Rambles in the Bible,” an epic in Malayalam poetry. In style, this work follows closely the model of the “Ramayana” and the “Mahabharata” of Ezhuthachen, the father of Malayalam poetry. By its beauty of diction, superb flights of imagination and general grandeur, it reminds one of Milton 's Paradise Lost . Mr. Simon not only wrote poetry and hymns, but also recited with sweetest voice and style to the delight of his audiences as he mesmerized them. It is not easy to explain these great achievements unless one considers him a versatile genius and a chosen instrument of God. Such extra-ordinary men appear in life but once in a while. Indians are fortunate to have had one such man in the history of India .