Missions Quotes

William Borden (Cairo, Egypt)

“NO RESERVES
NO RETREATS
NO REGRETS”

“Say no to self and yes to Jesus every time.”

“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?”

David Brainerd (American Indians)

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

“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.”

“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.”

William Carey (India)

“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

After hearing an account of the spiritual needs of India, the secretary of the meeting remarked: “There is a gold mine in India, but it seems almost as deep as the center of the earth. Who will venture to explore it?” “I will venture to go down,” said Carey, “but remember that you must hold the ropes.”

“I feel it my duty to plod on while daylight last.”

Shortly before his death, Carey said to a friend: “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.”

J. L. Ewen

“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.”

John 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.”

James Gilmour (China)

“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.”

“But 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, ‘Go into all the world and preach.’ He who said ‘preach,’ said also, ‘Go ye into and preach,’ and what Christ hath joined together let not man put asunder.

“This command seems to me to be strictly a missionary injunction, and, as far as I can see, those to whom it was first delivered regarded it in that light, so that, apart altogether from choice and other lower reasons, my going forth is a matter of obedience to a plain command; and in place of seeking to assign a reason for going abroad, I would prefer to say that I have failed to discover any reason why I should stay at home.”

Rosalind Goforth (China)

“My life is one long daily, hourly record of answered prayer. For physical health, for mental over-strain, for guidance given marvelously, for errors and dangers averted  for enmity to the Gospel subdued, for food provided at the exact hour needed, for everything that goes to make up life and my poor service. I can testify, with a full and often wonder-stricken awe, that I believe God answers prayer.  I know God answers prayer!

“Yes, the deeper the need, and the more bitter the extremity, the greater the opportunity for God to show forth his mighty power in our lives, if we but give Him a chance by unswerving obedience at any cost.”

Adoniram Judson (Burma)

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

Isobel Kuhn (China and Thailand)

“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!”

David Livingstone (Africa) 

After hearing Gutzlaff speak on the spiritual needs in China, Livingstone said: “It is my desire to show my attachment to the cause of Him who died for me by devoting my life to His service.”

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

“The end of the [geographical] exploration is the beginning of the [missionary] enterprise.”

“Education has been given us from above for the purpose of bringing to the benighted the knowledge of the Saviour. 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. For my own part I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office. 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?

“Fear God and work hard.”

“I am immortal till my work is accomplished,” he wrote. “And 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.”

“Anywhere, provided it be forward.”

Robert Moffat (Africa)

Writing to his parents from London shortly before sailing for Africa, he said: “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.”

While the Moffats were on their first furlough in England, David Livingstone asked Mr. Moffat whether he thought that he, perhaps, might also be used in the missionary work in Africa. Mr. Moffat replied, “Yes, particularly if you will not go to an old station but will push on into unoccupied fields.” And then he added, “In the north I have seen in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been.

Nate Saint (Ecuador)

“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.”

Robert Savage

“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.”

Oswald J. Smith

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

Charles H. Spurgeon (British Preacher)

When Spurgeon’s son wrote his father of God’s call in his life to Christian service, the famed British preacher is reported to have replied the following words: “If God has called you to be a missionary, don’t stoop to becoming a king.

C. T. Studd (China, India, Africa)

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

Hudson Taylor (China)

“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.”

“Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.”

“God’s work is not man working for God; it is God’s own work, though often wrought through man’s hands.”

“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 supply.”

Unknown

“Missions is not the ‘ministry of choice’ for a few hyperactive Christians in the church. Missions is the purpose of the church.”

K.P. Yohannan

“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.”

Giving – Investing in Eternity

James L. Kraft, head of the Kraft Cheese Corporation, made his fortune on the basis of a unique process for pasteurizing cheese so that it would not spoil. Along with his brothers he created a massive industrial enterprise. A committed Christian, Kraft gave approximately 25% of his enormous income to Christian causes for many years. He once said, “The only investment I ever made which has paid consistently increasing dividends is the money I have given to the Lord.”

“Gladly would I make the floor my bed, a box my chair, and another box my table, rather than that men should perish for want of the knowledge of Christ.” (Robert Arthington, philantropist)