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Candle In The Dark

A film and curriculum guide on the life and ministry of William Carey, the "Father of Modern Missions."

  • Item 4782D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 1 hr 37 min

Alternate formats: Digital Video - $2.99

Retail: $14.99
Price: $5.99
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  • Gold Award

    Won at Christian Broadcasting Commission of UK 1998

  • Gold Award

    Won at WorldFest Houston 1999

  • Gold Award

    Won at Aurora Awards

  • Bronze Plaque

    Columbus International Film & Video Festival 1999

  • Golden Eagle Award

    Won at CINE Golden Eagle Awards 1999

  • Silver Angel Award

    Won at Angel Awards 2000

  • Best Drama

    Won at CEVMA Christian European Visual Media Association 2000


He sailed to India in 1793 with a reluctant wife and four children to bring the message of Jesus. There he encountered so much hardship it is amazing he didn't abandon his mission and go home. But he stayed for over 40 years.

One issue that tormented him was sati—the burning alive of widows when their husbands died. He would not rest until this practice was stopped. Facing insurmountable odds, he "plodded" on to influence the abolition of sati and to become the revered "Friend of India" and "Father of Modern Missions."

He oversaw more translations of the Bible than had been done in all previous Christian history combined. Life was never easy for Carey. But he simply refused to quit, even when a devastating fire destroyed years of his literary work. His legacy has inspired countless others from his own day to the present. William Carey shows dramatically how a life dedicated to God and obedient to His calling can make a profound difference in the world. Starring Richard Attlee, Lynette Edwards and Julie-Kate Olivier. A Christian History Institute Production. Fullscreen.

DVD Features:
Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam languages
Optional English Subtitles
Chapter titles for easy scene access
Bonus Material:
- Commentary from filmmakers: Ken Curtis, Tony Tew, Gordon Severance, Gary Moore
- Behind-the-scenes look with actors' comments and biographies
- Theme song (music video and live performance at Billy Graham Crusade)
- Four-part curriculum video supplement with study guides in PDF format

Editorial Reviews

Candle in the Dark is a 1998 feature-length, movie highlighting the life and ministry of William Carey. Carey, in 1793, left his English homeland and sailed to India to bring the message of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ to the Indian people. The movie reveals the constancy of Carey's devotion through trial after trial. Through sickness, hunger, death, and devastation, he was able to hold onto his high calling; he stayed in India for 40 years. By fighting the local superstitions and working tirelessly to translate the Bible into the native tongues, Carey displayed his great love for the people and for his Lord. He fought against the practice of burning alive the wives of men who died, a practice that horrified him. He is revered as "Friend of India" and "Father of Modern Missions." This video is an excellent choice for learning more about Indian culture, the early Indian church, and missionaries in general. One of Carey’s famous quotes is a conscience pricker for all people in all times: "Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God." Reviewed By: Deborah Deggs Cariker

I want to tell you about a very special movie called: Candle in the Dark - The Story of William Carey, which is available on DVD. This drama was ten years in the making, and it faithfully recounts the incredible saga of William Carey and his mission to Serampore, India. Richard Atlee brilliantly portrays missionary William Carey, through all of his struggles. His sailing to India in 1793, with a reluctant wife and four children, the loss of much of his work to fire, just to simply share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The movie covers nearly all of the 40 years that Carey spent in India, from his stand against the pagan practices of the natives and triumphant work with his translations of Bible into various dialects. Carey oversaw more translations of the Bible that had been done in all previous Christian history combined. Not only did Carey affect the nation of India for Christ, he became known as the "Friend of India" for his work on translating classic Indian literature and in the field of botany. The costumes are beautiful, the sets are magnificent, the scenery outstanding, and the performances heart-felt all around. - Entertainment Cavalcade

Customer Reviews

- good work done

i like this man very much for spreading the gospel with what he could doas he said expect great things from god............

- thanks you

thanks for this movie
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