Mission Quotes

The gospel is the most important message in all the world because my friends, there is something far worse than death and there is something far better than human flourishing. What the world needs is not more money but more Jesus. God had an only son and he was a missionary. A poor, poor example of him I am.But in this work I now live. And in this work, I wish to die. (David Livingstone, 1813-1873, missionary to Africa) Remember, when you see a missionary coming home broken in body and weary in soul, it isn't the privations or dangers or things he's done that leave a deep hurt; it's the things he couldn't do that break his heart. (Anonymous Missionary) I have seen, at different times, the smoke of a thousand villages - Villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and without hope in the world. (Robert Moffat, 1795-1883 Pioneer Missionary to South Africa)

We do not truly understand the gospel if we spend all of our time preaching it to Christians. The gospel is a missionary gospel. It is a communication of Good News to people and in places where the name of Christ is unknown. (David Sitton, President of To Every Tribe)

I know enough about Satan to realize that he will have all his weapons ready for determined opposition. He would be a missionary simpleton who expected plain sailing in any work of God. (James O. Fraser, 1886-1938, Missionary to China)

At the moment when I put the bread and wine into those dark hands, once stained with the blood of cannibalism, but now stretched out to receive and partake the emblems of the Redeemer's love, I had a foretaste of the joy of Glory that well nigh broke my heart to pieces. I shall never taste a deeper bliss till I gaze on the glorified face of Jesus Himself.

(John G. Paton, 1824-1907, Pioneer Missionary to New Hebrides)

It is high time to make known the glad tidings in these dark regions of sin and spiritual bondage. (Samuel Marsden, 1764-1838, Missionary to Australia)

I never made a sacrifice. Of this we ought not to talk when we remember the great sacrifice which he made who left His Father's throne on high to give Himself for us. (David Livingstone, 1813-1873, missionary to Africa)

When I get to Heaven they aren't going to see much of me but my heels, for I'll be hanging over the golden wall keeping an eye on the Lisu Church! (Isobel Kuhn, 1901-1957, Missionary to China) There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan. (C.S. Lewis) If we are going to wait until every possible hindrance has been removed before we do a work for the Lord, we will never attempt to do anything. (T.J. Bach, 1881-1963, Missionary to Venezuela) I like men whose vision carries them far beyond their own horizons. (Kenneth Strachan, 1910-1965, Costa Rica) It is remarkable that God began this work among the Indians at a time when I had the least hope, and to my apprehension the least rational prospect of success. (David Brainerd, 1718-1747, Missionary to North American Indians)

The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It never needs a furlough and is never considered a foreigner. (William Cameron Townsend, 1896-1982, Missionary to Peru and Mexico) We are a bunch of nobodies trying to exalt Somebody. (Jim Elliot, 1927-1956, missionary martyr in Ecuador)

There are grave difficulties on every hand, and more are looming ahead - Therefore, we must go forward. (William Carey, 1761-1834, Missionary to India)

What we need to be assured of is not that we possess an excellent system of doctrine and ritual, but that the gift of the Holy Spirit is a reality. (Roland Allen, 1868-1947, Missionary to China)

We dare not go on awakening interest in the gospel unless somehow we can nourish and preserve the results. (Clarence W. Jones, 1900-1986, Missionary to Ecuador) Every step in the progress of missions is directly traceable to prayer. (A.T. Pierson) I do not know how to make a man think seriously about sin and judgment, and must look to the work of the Holy Spirit for any hint of such a working. (Jim Elliot, 1927-1956, missionary martyr in Ecuador) The truth is that most mission work is carried out where the church already exists... Only small percentages are working where the church is non-existent. (George Verwer, Missionary Strategist and founder of Operation Mobilization) I don't think we are in any danger, and if we are, we might as well die suddenly in God's work as by some long drawn-out illness at home. (Eleanor Chestnut, died in 1905, China) I am on a crusade right now to recruit martyr missionaries for the least reached people groups of the world. (David Sitton, President of To Every Tribe) Part of the heartache of all missionary work is the bright promising convert who turns out to be a mere puffball, crumbling like a macaroon under the least pressure. (Isobel Kuhn, 1901-1957, China) The harvest here is indeed great, and the laborers are few and imperfectly fitted, without much grace, for such a work. And yet grace can make a few feeble instruments the means of accomplishing great things - things greater even than we can conceive. (Hudson Taylor, 1832-1905, China) The Indian is making an amazing discovery, namely that Christianity and Jesus are not the same -- That they may have Jesus without the system that has been built up around him in the West. (E. Stanley Jones, 1884-1973, India)

I have ever found it, when I have thought the battle was over and the conquest gained, and so let down my watch, the enemy has risen up and done me the greatest injury. (David Brainerd, 1718-1747, North American Indians) Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your knees. (Hudson Talyor, 1832-1905, China)

We visited sixty-six islands and landed eighty-one times, wading, swimming (to shore). Most of the people were friendly and delightful; only two arrows shot at us, and only one went near -- So much for savages! (John Coleridge Patteson, 1827-1871, Melanesia)

The least difficult thing a foreign missionary has to learn is the language; the part of her work which she has the most reason to dread is its responsibility. (Isabella Thoburn, 1840-1901, India) Unless there is the element of extreme risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith. (Hudson Taylor, 1832-1905, China) One can't save and then pitchfork souls into heaven...Souls are more or less securely fastened to bodies... And as you can't get the souls out and deal with them separately, you have to take them both together. (Amy Carmichael, 1867-1951, China) "

... and over that side of the island all their sacred men were at work trying to kill me by their (magical) arts. Messengers arrived from every quarter of the island, inquiring anxiously about my health, and wondering if I was not feeling sick." (John G. Paton, 1824-1907, New Hebrides Islands) "I will lay my bones by the Ganges (River) that India will know there is someone who cares." (Alexander Duff, 1806-1878, India) "Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ." (Francis Xavier, missionary to India, the Philippines and Japan) If you are ever inclined to pray for a missionary, do it at once, where ever you are. Perhaps he may be in great peril at that moment. (Amy Carmichael, 1867-1951, India) One-third of the planet's population, over two billion people, has never heard the gospel. And of that number, over 50,000 die daily, separated from God forever. (David Sills, “The Missionary Call”)

Today, 112 years later, 94% of the people in the world recognize the Coca-Cola logo and product. In 112 years, we can reach the world for profit's sake, but we cannot do it for the glory of God in 2,000 years. (David Sills, “The Missionary Call”) God's call doesn't register in a vacuum; only a person who is committed to doing God's will can receive a call." (Thomas Hale) When God calls His child to live the life of a missionary, He gives him the desire with the calling. (David Sills, “The Missionary Call”) If someone does not have a missions heart at home, nothing magical happens when they buckle the seat belt on the airplane. (David Sills, “The Missionary Call”) Some of us are senders and some are goers. Neither is more important than the other. Neither is possible without the other. (David Sills, “The Missionary Call”) The aim of the missionary is to do God's will, not to be useful, not to win the heathan; he is useful and does win the heathen, but that is not his aim. His aim is to do the will of his Lord. (Oswald Chambers) Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't . . . Missions begins and ends in worship. (John Piper, “Let the Nations Be Glad”) What we can say for sure is that, at the very least, God calls every Christian to live with a missionary heart. (David Sills, “The Missionary Call”) When you love the Lord, you long to glorify Him and see the nations fall at His feet in worship. When you love your neighbor as yourself, you share the gospel with him and seek to meet his needs in every way you can, which includes seeing him fall at Jesus' feet in thanksgiving for salvation. (David Sills, “The Missionary Call”) God has called every Christian to international missions, but He does not want everyone to go. God calls some to be senders. (David Sills, “The Missionary Call”) Don't wonder whether you have a call to go. 'Have you had a distinct call from Christ to stay at home?' (George Wilson) The question for us to answer is not, Am I called to the foreign field? But, Can I show sufficient cause for not going? (Robert Speer) God's work done in God's way, will never lack God's supply. (J. Hudson Taylor) A man not spiritually fitted ought not to go, but neither is he fit to stay. (Robert Speer) I believe that in each generation God has called enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth. . . . No it is not God who does not call. It is man who will not respond. (Isobel Kuhn) I f you are sure that He is calling and you can be sure that He will also remove the barriers that would preclude your service, in His perfect timing. Rest in that.(David Sills, “The Missionary Call”) There is no need for faith where there is no consciousness of an element of risk. (Elizabeth Elliot) God will not lead you where He will not provide for you. (David Sills, “The Missionary Call”) I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with lights. (Ion Keith-Falconer) The command has been to 'go,' but we have stayed -- in body, gifts, prayer, and influence. He has asked us to be witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth . . . but 99% of Christians have kept puttering around in the homeland. (Robert Savage) 'Not called!' did you say? 'Not heard the call,' I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. (William Booth) If Christ be God, and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him. (C.T. Studd) If I die here in Glasgow, I shall be eaten by worms; If I can but live and die serving the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by cannibals or by worms; for in the Great Day my resurrection body will arise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer. (John G. Paton) If in the sight of God you cannot say you are sure that you have a special call to stay at home, why are you disobeying the Saviour's plain command to go? (J. Hudson Taylor) The great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed. (J. Hudson Taylor) Missionary life is simply a chance to die. (Amy Carmichael) The dangers that exist are real, but only illustrate the fact that men and women need Christ. The suffering and dying of missionaries advance the Kingdom as nothing else could and the blood of the saints has ever been the seed and fuel of gospel advance. (David Sills, “The Missionary Call”) Hearing the missionary call has a great deal to do with what you are listening for. (David Sills, “The Missionary Call”) The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity. (Mike Stachura) We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.John Stott Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell. I want to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell. (C.T. Studd) We who have Christ’s eternal life need to throw away our own lives.George Verwer If God has fit you to be a missionary, I would not have you shrivel down to be a king. (Charles H. Spurgeon) He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. (Jim Elliot) Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. (William Cary) ~ Thanks "To Every Tribe" ~ The church that does not evangelize will fossilize. (Oswald J. Smith)

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