Hudson Taylor - Missions QuotesAs a PK, an MK, and a soon-to-be “missionary” myself, I’ve always found missionary quotes to be inspiring, and often downright convicting.  I’ve been compiling these 300+ quotes for several years, from dozens of sources, and from well over a hundred different authors.  So, in hopes that these will be either encouraging, motivating, or even just useful (and you have full permission [not that you need it] to use this collection in whole or in part in bulletins, on web sites, in presentations, or any other medium), here’s the collection of several hundred to date.

In the unlikely case that you were wondering, this is also the source of the random quotes that you see in the left sidebar on all of my pages.  :)

 

  • “Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love.”

    - Roland Allen
  • “We want Paul's theology and his results but not his methods.”

    - Roland Allen
  • “Don’t send a lamp to the mission field that will not burn at home.”

    - Anonymous
  • “God saves us for more than to escape Hell, He has saved us to share Christ worldwide.”

    - Anonymous
  • “Without a vision the people perish; and without the people, the vision perishes.”

    - Anonymous
  • “God alone has a world vision, we have a limited vision, the more we resemble Him, the greater our vision.”

    - Anonymous
  • “Man’s greatest discovery is to discover the will of God. Man’s greatest achievement is to do the will of God.”

    - Anonymous
  • “Giving is not a matter of can or cannot; it is a matter of will or will not.”

    - Anonymous
  • “The worst crime of the desert is knowing where the water is and not telling.”

    - Anonymous
  • “The reason some folks don't believe in missions is that the brand of religion they have isn't worth propagating.”

    - Anonymous
  • “Only as the church fulfills her missionary obligation does she justify her existence.”

    - Anonymous
  • “Missions is not the 'ministry of choice' for a few hyperactive Christians in the church.”

    - Anonymous
  • “The average pastor views his church as a local church with a missions program; while he ought to realize that if he is in fact pastoring a church, it is to be a global church with a missions purpose.”

    - Anonymous
  • “We are not over-loaded, we are under-burdened.”

    - Anonymous
  • “As soon as we cease to bleed we cease to bless.”

    - Anonymous
  • “World Missions is not an elective for the local church, it is a 'required course'.”

    - Anonymous
  • “Not one person in the world needs Jesus Christ less than you do.”

    - Anonymous
  • “I couldn't say that my church is alive and I wouldn't want to call it dead. I guess it's just walking in its sleep!”

    - Anonymous
  • “Live simply so that others can simply live.”

    - Anonymous
  • “God is not limited to a fixed income.”

    - Anonymous
  • “We are willing to give to world missions, if it doesn’t affect our lifestyle.”

    - Anonymous
  • “Give to world missions while your hand is warm.”

    - Anonymous
  • “We can give less to missions this year if the world is getting smaller.”

    - Anonymous
  • “Do in your mission giving what will bring you joy at the Judgment Seat of Christ.”

    - Anonymous
  • “If we have not enough in our religion to drive us to share it with all the world, it is doomed here at home.”

    - Anonymous
  • “You are either a missionary or a mission field.”

    - Anonymous
  • “God does not put an age limit on fulfilling the Great Commission.”

    - Anonymous
  • “Mission giving must be more than surplus giving - it must become both sacrificial and faith giving.”

    - Anonymous
  • “God does not choose people who are qualified for His work, He does the choosing and when they are willing, He will qualify them.”

    - Anonymous
  • “A missions conference is a church in a business meeting deciding the fate of the heathen.”

    - Anonymous
  • “When he landed in 1848 there were no Christians here; when he left in 1872 there were no heathen.”

    - said of John Geddie
  • “... if God has called you to China or any other place and you are sure in your own heart, let nothing deter you... remember it is God who has called you and it is the same as when He called Moses or Samuel.”

    - Gladys Aylward
  • “I wasn't God's first choice for what I've done for China, I don't know who it was. It must have been a man, well-educated man. I don't know what happened. Perhaps he died. Perhaps he wasn't willing, and God looked down and saw Gladys Aylward and God said - 'Well, she's willing.'”

    - Gladys Aylward
  • “Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you are alive, it isn't.”

    - Richard Bach
  • “It is a tragedy when a man has no invisible means of support.”

    - T.J. Bach
  • “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

    - John the Baptist
  • “No sacrifice is too great for the King of kings and Lord of lords.”

    - Jack Baskin
  • “Lord, bring honor to thy Son at my expense, whatever the cost, and send me the bill. It is my reasonable service — He paid mine.”

    - Carl Baugh
  • “Come and die, the Master calleth, come and die.”

    - David Bennett
  • “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, including those that are lost. It is the job of the church to explore the uttermost, to raise His banner, and to claim those lost souls of men for the Lord.”

    - David Bennett
  • “Where there is God’s will, there is God’s way.”

    - David Bennett
  • “There is the constant invisible warfare that has to be waged against the powers of darkness... It is fashionable in the Western world to relegate belief in demons and devils to the realm of mythology, and when mentioned at all it is a matter of jest. But it is no jest in West Africa or any other mission field for that matter.”

    - Rowland Bingham
  • “God's part is to put forth power; our part is to put forth faith.”

    - Andrew Bonar
  • “'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. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish his mercy to the world.”

    - William Booth
  • “Oh, that I could dedicate my all to God. This is all the return I can make Him.”

    - David Brainerd
  • “It is impossible for any rational creature to be happy without acting all for God. God Himself could not make him happy any other way... There is nothing in the world worth living for but doing good and finishing God's work, doing the work that Christ did. I see nothing else in the world that can yield any satisfaction besides living to God, pleasing Him, and doing his whole will.”

    - David Brainerd
  • “Here am I, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in Thy service, and to promote Thy kingdom.”

    - David Brainerd
  • “My desires seem especially to be after weanedness from the world, perfect deadness to it, and that I may be crucified to all its allurements. My soul desires to feel itself more of a pilgrim and a stranger here below, that nothing may divert me from pressing through the lonely desert, till I arrive at my Father's house.”

    - David Brainerd
  • “This morning about nine I withdrew to the woods for prayer. I was in such anguish that when I arose from my knees I felt extremely weak and overcome. ...I cared not how or where I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls for Christ.”

    - David Brainerd
  • “Oh, that I could spend every moment of my life to God's glory!”

    - David Brainerd
  • “I have received my all from God. Oh, that I could return my all to God.”

    - David Brainerd
  • “It is sweet to be nothing and less than nothing that Christ may be all in all.”

    - David Brainerd
  • “All my desire was the conversion of the heathen... I declare, now I am dying, I would not have spent my life otherwise for the whole world.”

    - David Brainerd
  • “I love to live on the brink of eternity.”

    - David Brainerd
  • “I declare, now I am dying, I would not have spent my life otherwise for the world.”

    - David Brainerd
  • “Oh, that I might be a flaming fire in the service of the Lord. Here I am, Lord, send me; send me to the ends of the earth... send me from all that is called earthly comfort; send me even to death itself if it be but in Thy service and to promote Thy Kingdom.”

    - David Brainerd
  • “I am ready to burn out for God. I am ready to endure any hardship, if by any means I might save some. The longing of my heart is to make known my glorious Redeemer to those who have never heard.”

    - William Burns
  • “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

    - William Carey
  • “I feel it my duty to plod on while daylight last.”

    - William Carey
  • “You have been saying much about Dr. Carey and his work. When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey's Saviour.”

    - William Carey
  • “...even on the low ground of common sense I seemed to be called to be a missionary. Is the kingdom a harvest field? Then I thought it reasonable that I should seek to work where the work was most abundant and the workers fewest.”

    - William Carey
  • “I am very defective in all duties... In prayer I wander and am formal... I soon tire; devotion languishes; and I do not walk with God.”

    - William Carey
  • “I can plod; I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.”

    - William Carey
  • “There are grave difficulties on every hand, and more are looming ahead - therefore we must go forward.”

    - William Carey
  • “All my friends are but one, but He is all sufficient.”

    - William Carey
  • “To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.”

    - William Carey
  • “Young man, sit down: when God pleases to convert the heathen, He will do it without your aid or mine.”

    - said to a young William Carey
  • “The saddest thing one meets is a nominal Christian. I had not seen it in Japan where missions is younger. The church here is a "field full of wheat and tares.”

    - Amy Carmichael
  • “You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.”

    - Amy Carmichael
  • “If I am content to heal a hurt slightly, saying 'Peace, peace,' where is no peace; if I forget the poignant word 'Let love be without dissimulation' and blunt the edge of truth, speaking not right things but smooth things, then I know nothing of Calvary love.”

    - Amy Carmichael
  • “It's exhilarating to have a new adventure every day. And when I go to church or to a store, and find here and there a word I can really understand, I feel like shouting.”

    - Monono Cheney
  • “All believers are not called to be foreign missionaries, but they should struggle with the possibility.”

    - Clifford Clark
  • “The church which ceases to be evangelistic will soon cease to be evangelical.”

    - Alexander Duff
  • “If you found a cure for cancer, wouldn't it be inconceivable to hide it from the rest of mankind? How much more inconceivable to keep silent the cure from the eternal wages of death.”

    - Dave Davidson
  • “World missions was on God's mind from the beginning.”

    - Dave Davidson
  • “In our lifetime, wouldn't it be sad if we spent more time washing dishes or swatting flies or mowing the yard or watching television than praying for world missions?”

    - Dave Davidson
  • “In no other way can the believer become as fully involved with God's work, especially the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer.”

    - Dick Eastman
  • “People who don't believe in missions have not read the New Testament. Right from the beginning Jesus said the field is the world. The early church took Him at His word and went East, West, North and South.”

    - Howard Edington
  • “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

    - Jim Elliot
  • “Why do you need a voice when you have a verse.”

    - Jim Elliot
  • “As long as there are millions destitute of the Word of God and knowledge of Jesus Christ, it will be impossible for me to devote time and energy to those who have both.”

    - J.L. Ewen
  • “While vast continents are shrouded in darkness... the burden of proof lies upon you to show that the circumstances in which God has placed you were meant by God to keep you out of the foreign mission field.”

    - Ion Keith Falconer
  • “I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.”

    - Ion Keith Falconer
  • “It is not in our choice to spread the gospel or not. It is our death if we do not.”

    - Peter Forsyth
  • “If you are sick, fast and pray; if the language is hard to learn, fast and pray; if the people will not hear you, fast and pray; and if you have nothing to eat, fast and pray.”

    - Frederik Franson
  • “I used to think that prayer should have the first place and teaching the second. I now feel it would be truer to give prayer the first, second and third places and teaching the fourth.”

    - James Fraser
  • “Missions: The Word of God from the heart of God to the heart of man through a consecrated, dedicated, and pure vessel.”

    - Nick Frost
  • “Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”

    - God
  • “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

    - God
  • “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”

    - God
  • “All the resources of the Godhead are at our disposal!”

    - Jonathan Goforth
  • “All roads lead to the judgment seat of Christ.”

    - Keith Green
  • “This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!”

    - Keith Green
  • “If you take missions out of the Bible, you won't have anything left but the covers.”

    - Nina Gunter
  • “'Go ye' is as much a part of Christ's Gospel as 'Come unto Me.'”

    - Stuart Holden
  • “Why wait for a call when you have a command?”

    - Bob Hughes
  • “Here am I. Send me.”

    - Isaiah
  • “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world as a witness unto all nations, and then the end shall come.”

    - Jesus
  • “Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring.”

    - Jesus
  • “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

    - Jesus
  • “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

    - Jesus
  • “As the Father hath sent Me, even so send I you.”

    - Jesus
  • “It's amazing what can be accomplished if you don't worry about who gets the credit.”

    - Clarence Jones
  • “The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.”

    - Clarence Jones
  • “When God's finger points, God's hand will open the door.”

    - Clarence Jones
  • “Of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

    - Jude
  • “The prospects are bright as the promises of God.”

    - Adoniram Judson
  • “I am not tired of my work, neither am I tired of the world; yet, when Christ calls me home, I shall go with gladness...”

    - Adoniram Judson
  • “Permit us to labor on in obscurity, and at the end of twenty years you may hear from us again.”

    - Adoniram Judson
  • “We prefer one room in Rangoon to six in Boston. We feel that we are highly blessed.”

    - Adoniram Judson
  • “If I had not felt certain that every additional trial was ordered by infinite love and mercy, I could not have survived my accumulated suffering.”

    - Adoniram Judson
  • “The greatest tragedy to befall a person is to have sight but lack vision.”

    - Helen Keller
  • “I believe that in each generation God has 'called' enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth... It is not God who does not call. It is man who will not respond!”

    - Isobel Kuhn
  • “The sense of being led by an unseen hand which takes mine, while another hand reaches ahead and prepares the way, grows upon me daily.”

    - Frank Laubach
  • “People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?”

    - David Livingstone
  • “Fear God and work hard.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “Although I see few results, future missionaries will see conversions following every sermon. May they not forget the pioneers who worked in the thick gloom with few rays to cheer, except such as flow from faith in the precious promises of God's Word.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “I will place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. If anything will advance the interests of that kingdom, it shall be given away or kept only as by giving or keeping of it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “Anywhere, provided it be forward--- farther still farther into the night.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “If we wait till we run no risk, the gospel will never be introduced into the interior.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “Death alone will put a stop to my effort!”

    - David Livingstone
  • “In this service I hope to live; in it I wish to die!”

    - David Livingstone
  • “Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?”

    - David Livingstone
  • “Sympathy is no substitute for action.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “Nothing earthly will make me give up in despair.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “...how shall they preach, except they be sent?”

    - Romans 10:15
  • “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”

    - Luke 10:2
  • “God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us? Can we not do more than now we are doing?”

    - William Carey
  • “We are debtors to every man to give him the gospel in the same measure in which we have received it.”

    - P.F. Bresee
  • “Can't you do just a little bit more?”

    - J.G. Morrison
  • “Lost people matter to God, and so they must matter to us.”

    - Keith Wright
  • “God cannot lead you on the basis of information you do not have.”

    - Ralph Winter
  • “The mission of the church is missions.”

    - Oswald J. Smith
  • “No reserves. No retreats. No regrets.”

    - William Borden
  • “If ten men are carrying a log - nine of them on the little end and one at the heavy end - and you want to help, which end will you lift on?”

    - William Borden
  • “The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.”

    - Carl F.H. Henry
  • “Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God's delight in being God.”

    - John Piper
  • “What's your dream and to what corner of the missions world will it take you?”

    - Eleanor Roat
  • “We can reach our world, if we will. The greatest lack today is not people or funds. The greatest need is prayer.”

    - Wesley Duewel
  • “Love is the root of missions; sacrifice is the fruit of missions.”

    - Roderick Davis
  • “If the Church is 'in Christ,' she is involved in mission. Her whole existence then has a missionary character. Her conduct as well as her words will convince the unbelievers and put their ignorance and stupidity to silence.”

    - David Bosch
  • “The Christian is not obedient unless he is doing all in his power to send the Gospel to the heathen world.”

    - A.B. Simpson
  • “Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work.”

    - A.B. Simpson
  • “To stay here and disobey God - I can't afford to take the consequence. I would rather go and obey God than to stay here and know that I disobeyed.”

    - Amanda Berry Smith
  • “God is a God of missions. He wills missions. He commands missions. He demands missions. He made missions possible through His Son. He made missions actual in sending the Holy Spirit.”

    - George W. Peters
  • “You have one business on earth - to save souls.”

    - John Wesley
  • “If the church is to be missionary, she must be spiritual; and if the church is to be spiritual, she must be missionary.”

    - G. Campbell Morgan
  • “We should not ask, 'What is wrong with the world?' for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, 'What happened to the salt and light?'”

    - John Stott
  • “We have eternity to tell of the victories won for Christ, but we have only a few hours before sunset to win them.”

    - Anonymous
  • “Most Christians would like to send their recruits to Bible college for five years. I would like to send them to hell for five minutes. That would do more than anything else to prepare them for a lifetime of compassionate ministry.”

    - William Booth
  • “If there be any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervor at a white heat, it is concerning missions. If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness, it is the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world.”

    - Charles Spurgeon
  • “The bedrock of missions is not the value of man, it is the spread of God’s glory. the biblical commitment to evangelism and missions is rooted in God’s passionate concern to make His name known.”

    - Steve Fernandez
  • “We face a humanity that is too precious to neglect. We know a remedy for the ills of the world too wonderful to withhold. We have a Christ too glorious to hide. We have an adventure that is too thrilling to miss.”

    - Theodore Williams
  • “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”

    - Charles Spurgeon
  • “There are only three kinds of Christians when it comes to world missions: zealous goers, zealous senders, and disobedient.”

    - John Piper
  • “Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, 'Shake well before using.' That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.”

    - Vance Havner
  • “Sometimes God doesn’t tell us His plan because we wouldn't believe it anyway.”

    - Carlton Pearson
  • “The mission of the church is missions.”

    - Anonymous
  • “God had only one Son and he made that Son a missionary.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “Some are trapped in boxes of pea-sized Christianity, full of myths about missions that rob them of incentive to care about the un-reached.”

    - David Bryant
  • “'I will venture to go... but remember that you must hold the ropes.”

    - William Carey
  • “To me the soul of an Indian seemed as precious as the soul of an Englishman, and the Gospel as much for the Chinese as for the European.”

    - James Gilmour
  • “I go out as a missionary not that I may follow the dictates of common sense, but that I may obey that command of Christ.”

    - James Gilmour
  • “This command seems to me to be strictly a missionary injunction; so that, apart altogether from choice and other lower reasons, my going forth is a matter of obedience to a plain command.”

    - James Gilmour
  • “...in place of seeking a reason for going abroad, I would prefer to say that I have failed to discover any reason why I should stay at home.”

    - James Gilmour
  • “My heart burns for the deliverance of Africa...”

    - Alexander Mackay
  • “What is this you write- 'Come home? Surely now, in our terrible dearth of workers, it is not the time for any one to desert his post. Send us only our first twenty men and I may be tempted to come to help you to find the second twenty.”

    - Alexander Mackay
  • “I entreat you to leave your work at home to the many who are ready to undertake it, and to come forth yourselves to reap this field now white to the harvest.”

    - Alexander Mackay
  • “Our hearts are breaking... We are lonely and deserted, sad and sick.”

    - Alexander Mackay
  • “Civilization is not necessary before Christianity; do both together if you will, but you will find civilization follow Christianity more easily than Christianity follow civilization.”

    - Samuel Marsden
  • “The will of God - nothing less, nothing more, nothing else.”

    - F.E. Marsh
  • “Give according to your income lest God make your income according to your giving.”

    - Peter Marshall
  • “The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.”

    - Henry Martyn
  • “What are we here for - to have a good time with the Christians or to save sinners?”

    - Malla Moe
  • “There are many phases to a missionary's life. The least of these is to preach, so you don't have to look for those who are especially gifted or learned to become missionaries. Kindness is the big thing.”

    - Malla Moe
  • “Oh, that I had a thousand lives and a thousand bodies! All of them should be devoted to no other employment but to preach Christ... I have not repented in becoming a missionary, and, should I die in the march and never enter the field of battle, all would be well.”

    - Robert Moffat
  • “In the vast plain to the north I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been.”

    - Robert Moffat
  • “Added to the difficulty of learning to speak the language was the greater difficulty of finding terms to express the ideas which the missionary had come to convey... in many languages the most precious truths of Christianity had to force their way by bending stubborn words to new ideas, and filling old terms with new content.”

    - Helen Montgomery
  • “I pray that no missionary will ever be as lonely as I have been.”

    - Lottie Moon
  • “If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small.”

    - Pat Morley
  • “I yesterday received your very welcome letter. It is but the second that I have received, after having written at least two hundred.”

    - Robert Morrison
  • “'Now Mr. Morrison do you really expect that you will make an impression on the idolatry of the Chinese Empire?'

    'No sir, but I expect that God will.'”

    - Robert Morrison
  • “It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions.”

    - John Mott
  • “No other generation but ours can evangelize the present generation.”

    - John Mott
  • “We have a God who delights in impossibilities.”

    - Andrew Murray
  • “If our only concern is to witness where we are, how will people in unevangelized areas ever hear the gospel? The present uneven distribution of Christians and opportunities to hear the gospel of Christ will continue on unchanged.”

    - Gordon Olson
  • “Jesus will judge us not only for what we did, but also for what we could have done and didn’t.”

    - George Otis
  • “Far away is far away only if you don’t go there.”

    - George Otis
  • “God almost never calls His people to a fair fight.”

    - George Otis
  • “I had my nearest and most intimate glimpses of the presence of my Lord in those dread moments when musket, club or spear was being levelled at my life.”

    - John Paton
  • “This is strength; this is peace; to feel, in entering on every day, that all its duties and trials have been committed to the Lord Jesus - that, come what may, He will use us for His own glory and our real good!”

    - John Paton
  • “Nothing so clears the vision and lifts up the life, as a decision to move forward in what you know to be entirely the will of the Lord.”

    - John Paton
  • “I confess to you that if I can but live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether my body is eaten by cannibals or by worms.”

    - John Paton
  • “At the moment I put the bread and wine into those dark hands, once stained with the blood of cannibalism, now stretched out to receive and partake the emblems and seals 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 Paton
  • “So have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation...”

    - Paul
  • “I am ready to preach the gospel...”

    - Paul
  • “For Christ sent me... to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.”

    - Paul
  • “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”

    - Paul
  • “To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.”

    - Paul
  • “No local church can afford to go without the encouragement and nourishment that will come to it by sending away its best people.”

    - David Penman
  • “Let my heart be broken with the things that break God's heart.”

    - Bob Pierce
  • “If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is feeble. The command to go everywhere and preach to everybody is not obeyed until the will is lost by self-surrender in the will of God. Living, praying, giving and going will always be found together.”

    - Arthur Pierson
  • “God... has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.”

    - John Piper
  • “Go, send, or disobey.”

    - John Piper
  • “No one will be able to rise to the magnificence of the missionary cause who does not feel the magnificence of Christ.”

    - John Piper
  • “Where passion for God is weak, zeal for missions will be weak.”

    - John Piper
  • “Jehovah Witnesses don't believe in hell and neither do most Christians.”

    - Leonard Ravenhill
  • “Today Christians spend more money on dog food then missions.”

    - Leonard Ravenhill
  • “And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives, and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”

    - Nate Saint
  • “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
  • “Our God of Grace often gives us a second chance, but there is no second chance to harvest a ripe crop.”

    - Kurt von Schleicher
  • “Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is - where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge.”

    - Robert Shannon
  • “All God wants is all you’ve got! He can handle it better than you can.”

    - Clayton Shumpert
  • “It is doubtful that you’ll grow in faith if you’re stingy with God.”

    - Clayton Shumpert
  • “Have we forgotten that there is a Holy Ghost, that we must insist upon walking on crutches when we might fly?”

    - A.B. Simpson
  • “Unless I am sure I am doing more at home to send the gospel abroad than I can do abroad, I am bound to go.”

    - A.B. Simpson
  • “From my many years experience I can unhesitatingly say that the cross bears those who bear the cross.”

    - Sadhu Sundar Singh
  • “Prayer is the greatest power God has put into our hands for service- praying is harder than doing, at least I find it so, but the dynamic lies that way to advance the Kingdom.”

    - Mary Slessor
  • “What would I do with starry crowns except to cast them at His feet?”

    - Mary Slessor
  • “Oh Lord, I thank Thee that I can bring these people Thy Word. But Lord, there are other villages back in the jungle where no white man has gone. They need Jesus, too. Help me reach them!”

    - Mary Slessor
  • “We talk of the second coming; half the world has never heard of the first.”

    - Oswald Smith
  • “Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.”

    - Oswald Smith
  • “The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.”

    - Oswald Smith
  • “Obedience to the call of Christ nearly always costs everything to two people- the one who is called, and the one who loves that one.”

    - Oswald Smith
  • “God does not have to come and tell me what I must do for Him; He brings me into a relationship with Himself where I hear His call and understand what He wants me to do, and I do it out of sheer love to Him... When people say they have had a call to foreign service, or to any particular sphere of work, they mean that their relationship to God has enabled them to realize what they can do for God.”

    - Oswald Smith
  • “You must go or send a substitute.”

    - Oswald Smith
  • “If God wills the evangelization of the world, and you refuse to support missions, then you are opposed to the will of God.”

    - Oswald Smith
  • “You can't take it [money] with you but you can send it on ahead.”

    - Oswald Smith
  • “God has huge plans for the world today! He is not content to merely establish a handful of struggling churches among each tongue, tribe and nation. Even now He is preparing and empowering His Church to carry the seeds of revival to the uttermost ends of the earth.”

    - David Smithers
  • “Prepare for the worst; expect the best, and take what comes.”

    - Robert Speer
  • “There is nothing in the world or the Church- except the church's disobedience- to render the evangelization of the world in this generation an impossibility.”

    - Robert Speer
  • “With many of us it is not a missionary call at all that we are looking for; it is a shove. There are a great many of us who would never hear a call if it came.”

    - Robert Speer
  • “Answering a student's question, 'Will the heathen who have not heard the Gospel be saved?' thus, 'It is more a question with me whether we who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not, can be saved.'”

    - Charles Spurgeon
  • “It is the whole business of the whole church to preach the whole gospel to the whole world.”

    - Charles Spurgeon
  • “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

    - Charles Spurgeon
  • “If God has fit you to be a missionary, I would not have you shrivel down to be a king.”

    - Charles Spurgeon
  • “The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.”

    - Mark Stachura
  • “The concern for world evangelization is not something tacked on to a man's personal Christianity, which he may take or leave as he chooses. It is rooted in the character of the God who has come to us in Christ Jesus. Thus, it can never be the province of a few enthusiasts, a sideline or a specialty of those who happen to have a bent that way. It is the distinctive mark of being a Christian.”

    - James Stewart
  • “We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.”

    - John Stott
  • “His authority on earth allows us to dare to go to all the nations. His authority in heaven gives us our only hope of success. And His presence with us leaves us no other choice.”

    - John Stott
  • “I cannot tell you what joy it gave me to bring the first soul to the Lord Jesus Christ. I have tasted almost all the pleasures that this world can give. I do not suppose there is one that I have not experienced, but I can tell you that those pleasures were as nothing compared to the joy that the saving of that one soul gave me.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “I realized that my life was to be one of simple, childlike faith, and that my part was to trust, not to do. I was to trust in Him and He would work in me to do His good pleasure. From that time my life was different.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible, by faith in the omnipotence, fidelity, and wisdom of the Almighty Saviour Who gave the command. Is there a wall in our path? By our God we will leap over it! Are there lions and scorpions in our way? We will trample them under our feet! Does a mountain bar our progress? Saying, 'Be thou cast into the sea,' we will march on. Soldiers of Jesus! Never surrender!”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “My only joys therefore are that when God has given me a work to do, I have not refused it.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “...I do not say, Don't play games or cricket and so forth. By all means play and enjoy them, giving thanks to Jesus for them. Only take care that games do not become an idol to you as they did to me. What good will it do to anybody in the next world to have been the best player that ever has been? And then think of the difference between that and winning souls for Jesus.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell; I want to run a Rescue Shop within a yard of hell.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “True religion is like the smallpox. If you get it, you give it to others and it spreads.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “Had I cared for the comments of the people, I should never have become a missionary...”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “A good thing to have up your sleeve is a sanctified funny-bone.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “How little chance the Holy Ghost has nowadays. The churches and mission societies have so bound Him in red tape that they practically ask Him to sit in a corner while they do the work themselves.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “Sometimes I feel... that my cross is heavy beyond endurance... My heart seems worn out and bruised beyond repair, and in my deep loneliness I often wish to be gone, but God knows best, and I want to do every ounce of work He wants me to do.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “Send us people with initiative, who can carry themselves and others too; such as need to be carried hamper the work and weaken those who should be spending their strength on the heathen. Weaklings should be nursed at home! If any have jealousy, prides, or talebearing traits lurking about them, do not send them, nor any who are prone to criticize. Send only Pauls and Timothys; men who are full of zeal, holiness and power. All others are hindrances. If you send us ten such men the work will be done.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “For five years we never went outside our doors without a volley of curses from our neighbours.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “Are you seeking great things for yourself? Seek them not! Seek first the Kingdom of God!”

    - J.K. Studd
  • “If we are faithful to God in little things, we shall gain experience and strength that will be helpful to us in the more serious trials of life.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “God's work is not man working for God; it is God's own work, though often wrought through man's hands.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “Let us see that we keep God before our eyes; that we walk in His ways and seek to please and glorify Him in everything, great and small. Depend upon it, God's work, done in God's way, will never lack God's supplies.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instruments afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “...we are not only to renounce evil, but to manifest the truth. Bring it to the front; speak the Truth; live the Truth. We tell this people the world is vain; let our lives manifest that it is so. We tell them that our Home is above- that all these things are transitory- does our dwelling look like it? O to live consistent lives! The life of the Apostle was thoroughly consistent. Every one saw that he was a stranger and a sojourner; no one could feel that his home was here; all saw that it was up there.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your knees.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “Unless you intend your wife to be a true missionary, not merely a wife, home-maker, and friend, do not join us.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “It will not do to say that you have no special call to go to China. With these facts before you and with the command of the Lord Jesus to go and preach the gospel to every creature, you need rather to ascertain whether you have a special call to stay at home.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking Him to do his work through me.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “When I get to China, I will have no claim on any one for anything. My claim will be alone in God and I must learn before I leave England to move men through God by prayer alone.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “God isn't looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “If I had 1,000 lives, I'd give them all for China.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “Must you go to China? How much nicer it would be to stay here and serve the Lord at home!”

    - Hudson Taylor's new ex-girlfriend
  • “I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; heaven so real that we must have men there, Christ so real that our supreme motive and aim shall be to make the Man of Sorrows the Man of Joy by the conversion to him of many.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “The church must send or the church will end.”

    - Mendell Taylor
  • “There are more Baptist preachers in Texas than Baptist missionaries in all the world.”

    - Ray Thompson
  • “Why doesn't your God speak my language?”

    - Indian to Cam Townsend
  • “The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner.”

    - William Townsend
  • “Proclaim the Word more and argue about it less.”

    - William Townsend
  • “Christians don't tell lies they just go to church and sing them.”

    - A.W. Tozer
  • “We who have Christ's eternal life need to throw away our own lives.”

    - George Verwer
  • “For us in the Pacific, in Asia, in India, and in Africa, Christian unity is not an optional extra. It is an urgent necessity, for our divisions are a real stumbling-block to the proclamation of the Gospel.”

    - John Vockler
  • “Not how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself?”

    - John Wesley
  • “Oh for a thousand lives to be spent in the service of Christ.”

    - George Whitefield
  • “The heart of God is too grieved, the path of man is too dark, the cross of Christ is too glorious, for me to quit now.”

    - Anonymous Elderly Widow
  • “Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ.”

    - Francis Xavier
  • “A tiny group of believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.”

    - K.P. Yohannan
  • “Why do we insist on building the largest and most impressive structures in our city when people on the other side of town are hungry, jobless and worshipping in storefronts?”

    - K.P. Yohannan
  • “I have but one passion - it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.”

    - Count Zinzindorf
  • “The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.”

    - Samuel Zwemer
  • “I feel now, that Arabia could easily be evangelized within the next thirty years if it were not for the wicked selfishness of Christians.”

    - Samuel Zwemer
  • “It is my desire to show my attachment to the cause of Him who died for me by devoting my life to His service.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “The end of the [geographical] exploration is the beginning of the [missionary] enterprise.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “Education has been given us from above for the purpose of bringing to the benighted the knowledge of the Saviour.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “If you knew the satisfaction of performing a duty, as well as the gratitude to God which the missionary must always feel in being chosen for so noble and sacred a calling, you would feel no hesitation in embracing it.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?”

    - David Livingstone
  • “I will try and remember always to approach God in secret with as much reverence in speech, posture, and behavior as in public. Help me, Thou who knowest my frame and pitiest as a father his children.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “Cannot the love of Christ carry the missionary where the slave-trade carries the trader? I shall open up a path to the interior or perish.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “It is hard to work for years with pure motives, and all the time be looked upon by most of those to whom our lives are devoted as having some sinister object in view.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “He who died for us, and Whom we ought to copy, did more for us than we can do for any one else. He endured the contradiction of sinners. We should have grace to follow in His steps.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “I am a missionary, heart and soul.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “Nail the colours to the mast! That is the right thing to do, and, therefore, that is what we must do, and do it now. What colours? The colours of Christ, the work He has given us to do- the evangelization of all the unevangelized.”

    - C.T. Studd
  • “Send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever any tie, but the ties that bind me to your service and to your heart.”

    - David Livingstone
  • “The missionary heart: Care more than some think is wise. Risk more than some think is safe. Dream more than some think is practical. Expect more than some think is possible. I was called not to comfort or success but to obedience... there is no joy outside of knowing Jesus and serving him.”

    - Karen Watson, martyr
  • “Just one life. This is all any one of us has to offer. How can it be used for the greatest glory of God and the greatest blessing to men?”

    - Michael Griffiths
  • “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't.”

    - John Piper
  • “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”

    - D.T. Niles
  • “If your Gospel isn't touching others, it hasn't touched you!”

    - Curry R. Blake
  • “The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.”

    - John Mott
  • “The Holy Spirit can't save saints or seats. If we don't know any non-Christians, how can we introduce them to the Savior?”

    - Paul Little
  • “Evangelization is a process of bringing the gospel to people where they are, not where you would like them to be. When the gospel reaches a people where they are, their response to the gospel is the church in a new place...”

    - Vincent Donovan
  • “How you believe God perceives people will determine how you respond to them.”

    - Jacquelyn Heasley
  • “Life is too short and hell is too hot to just play church.”

    - Larry Osborne
  • “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.”

    - C.S. Lewis
  • “We Christians are debtors to all men at all times in all places, but we are so smug to the lostness of men. We've been "living in Laodicea", lax, loose, lustful, and lazy. Why is there this criminal indifference to the lostness of men?”

    - Leonard Ravenhill
  • “It is now possible to live a "christian life" without doing the things that Jesus commanded us to do. We have hired people to go into all the world, to visit those in prison, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to care for widows and orphans. The average Christian doesn't have to do it.”

    - Cal Thomas
  • “The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.”

    - C.S. Lewis
  • “Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms. Confusion here is fatal.”

    - J.I. Packer
  • “Evangelism is the spontaneous overflow of a glad and free heart in Jesus Christ.”

    - Robert Munger
  • “Evangelism is not salesmanship. It is not urging people, pressing them, coercing them, overwhelming them, or subduing them. Evangelism is telling a message. Evangelism is reporting good news.”

    - Richard C. Halverson
  • “Evangelizing in the church is like fishing in a bathtub: it’s terribly convenient, but you don't catch much.”

    - Roy Fish
  • “The key to the missionary's work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself as the absolute sovereign and supreme Lord over His disciples. He does not say that the lost will never be saved if we don't go- He simply says, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations...."”

    - Oswald Chambers
  • “He is not seeking a powerful people to represent Him. Rather, He looks for all those who are weak, foolish, despised, and written off: and He inhabits them with His own strength.”

    - Graham Cooke
  • “God uses people. God uses people to perform His work. He does not send angels. Angels weep over it, but God does not use angels to accomplish His purposes. He uses burdened broken-hearted weeping men and women.”

    - David Wilkerson
  • “Unless we have invested a great deal of time in our secret ministry to the Lord then the shallowness of our public ministry will be very evident. Today it is abundantly clear that not enough time is spent ministering to the Lord, and way too much time is spent ministering to people; hence, most of what is done in the name of ministry is performed in a fleshly, human way which never bears any lasting fruit.”

    - Chip Brogden
  • “If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men.”

    - Oswald Chambers
  • “I don't know how your theology works, but if Jesus has a choice between stained glass windows and feeding starving kids in Haiti, I have a feeling he'd choose the starving kids in Haiti.”

    - Tony Campolo
  • “While women weep, as they do now, I'll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now, I'll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I'll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll fight- I'll fight to the very end!”

    - William Booth
  • “As a large fire begins with kindling of small twigs and branches, even so a large revival is preceded by the prayers of a few hidden seemingly insignificant souls.”

    - Gary Amirault
  • “To silence a preacher from preaching judgment is like being awoke from sleep by a fire alarm, and just silencing the alarm, and going back to sleep.”

    - Anonymous
  • “Simple assent to the gospel, divorced from a transforming commitment to the living Christ, is by Biblical standards less than faith, and less than saving, and to elicit only assent of this kind would be to secure only false conversions.”

    - J.I. Packer
  • “In every revival there is a re-emphasis of the Church's missionary character. Men return to Calvary, and the world is seen afresh through the eyes of Christ. The infinite compassion of Christ fills the heart, and the passion evoked by Calvary demands the whole wide world as the fruit of His sacrifice.”

    - John Shearer
  • “God has huge plans for the world today! He is not content to merely establish a handful of struggling churches among each tongue, tribe and nation. Even now He is preparing and empowering His Church to carry the seeds of revival to the uttermost ends of the earth.”

    - David Smithers
  • “God is not looking for men of great faith, He is looking for common men to trust His great faithfulness.”

    - Hudson Taylor
  • “None so empty of grace as he that thinks he is full.”

    - Thomas Watson
  • “How much do you have to hate someone to know the way of eternal life and not share it?”

    - Jerry Rankin
  • “We've lost the spiritual vitality needed to penetrate strongholds of darkness and bring a lost world to faith in Christ.”

    - Jerry Rankin
  • “Satan is delighted for us to be satisfied with having given of our time, contributed significant expense and helping a lot of people without introducing them to the One who can give eternal hope.”

    - Jerry Rankin
  • “Attraction to a verbal, biblical witness is eroded by behavior that doesn’t match one’s testimony.”

    - Jerry Rankin
  • “Satan has a vested interest in robbing Christians of a Spirit-filled vitality that would empower them for witness.”

    - Jerry Rankin
  • “It is quite satisfying to go to the mission field and build a church building, provide humanitarian aid and feel good about what we have done without any lasting results.”

    - Jerry Rankin
  • “Satan can take our good intentions and deceive us to use our resources and abilities when all we are doing is exporting Western programs and methods without any evidence of a spiritually transforming witness.”

    - Jerry Rankin
  • “Satan is content for us to gather and worship in our isolated fortresses as long as we don’t live the kind of Christian life out in the marketplace that would attract people to Jesus Christ.”

    - Jerry Rankin
  • “We are given so few years on this earth, and there are so many good things that get in the way of the best things. We must live for eternity.”

    - Paul Washer
  • “It's OK to offend people with the Gospel, but, good grief- let's don't offend them with something else.”

    - Andy Stanley
  • “No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack.”

    - E.M. Bounds
  • “Most of us are married to a model of ministry and we flirt with the Great Commission.”

    - Andy Stanley
  • “God help us if we cannot sacrifice our percentages and our programs when He has called us to sacrifice our lives.”

    - Daniel Palmer
  • “Those who reject the authority of God's Word quickly lose any impetus for evangelism and missions.”

    - Jerry Rankin
  • “Without prayer, even though there may be increased interest in missions, more work for them, better success in organization and greater finances, the real growth of the spiritual life and of the love of Christ in the people may be very small.”

    - Andrew Murray
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