One major thing that made Bartholomaus so different was his attitude toward the Tamil people. He didn't see them as his inferiors, like many Europeans did. From the time he first landed, he chose to live among the Tamil, attend their school, and really try to understand their culture -- he even studied their religion, to better understand them. The result of his study of Hinduism was simple: everything they had been looking for was in Jesus Christ, and he was delighted to share that news with them.
Sara McCaslin is an engineer, a computer scientist, and a freelance writer.