Circa 1764, India.
August 22, 1822, Calcutta, India (of cholera).
In the late 18th Century, Krishna Pal heard the Gospel because of a broken limb, set for him by Dr. John Thomas, missionary physician in Serampore (at that time a Danish settlement in India). After Thomas administered surgical aid, he spoke to Pal of the more awful disease of sin, and of God’s goodness in providing a great Physician. Pal was much affected by the story of the cross; he soon after professed faith in Christ and was baptized in the River Ganges, near the missionary residence at Serampore, India. During the baptism, Grigg’s hymn Jesus, and Shall It Ever Be was sung in Bengali.
Pal not only built himself a house for worship, but in 1804, was set apart for the work of the ministry. Dr. Cary described him as
a steady, zealous, well-informed, and I may add, eloquent minister of the gospel, averaging twelve to fourteen sermons a week. In such self denying labors he continued for 20 years at the small salary of six dollars a month. Another said of Pal:
This man, then at the prime of age, became an eminent Christian, engaged in the ministry, which he pursued for many years, baptized many hundreds of converted idolaters, and then died triumphant in the Lord Jesus. Joyfully did he bear witness that the service of Christwas the work of love,and that in ithe got nothing but joy and comfort.He wrote two or three hymns, one of which continues to be sung in India in the Bengalee language, in which it was composed; and a part of it, translated into English, is printed in most of our books.