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Quotes on Global Missions

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The quotes below have been fuel in the fire of my heart, as the Lord leads me out into a new chapter of my life. May they ignite a fire in your own heart. Read on, brave soul!

“‘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. 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, founder of the Salvation Army

“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, missionary to China and Thailand in the early 1900’s

“God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him… God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on Him.” — Hudson Taylor, missionary to China in the mid to late 1800’s

“To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” — William Carey, pioneer missionary to India

“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 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, Latin American Mission

“God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He 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

“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 in the 1500’s

“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” — John Keith Falconer

“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.” — C.T. Studd

“No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once.” — Oswald J. Smith

“The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time” — Carl F. H. Henry

“Someone asked, ‘Will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved?’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.” — C.H. Spurgeon

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

“The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.” — Mike Stachura

“This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!” — Keith Green, musician and singer and evangelist in the 1980’s, killed in a plane crash in the prime of his life

“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose” — Jim Elliot, missionary martyr who lost his life in the late 1950′s trying to reach the Auca Indians of Ecuador

“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, missionary martyr with Jim Elliot in Ecuador

“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

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

“If God calls you to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king.” — Jordan Grooms (variations of this also credited to G. K. Chesterson, Thomas Carlyle and Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

“The reason some folks don’t believe in missions is that the brand of religion they have isn’t worth propagating.” — Unknown

When James Calvert went out as a missionary in the 1800’s to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.” To that, Calvert replied, “We died before we came here.”

“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

“There are grave difficulties on every hand, and more are looming ahead – Therefore, we must go forward.” – William Carey, 1761-1834, missionary to India

“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 (present day)

“Unless there is the element of extreme risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith.” – Hudson Taylor, 1832-1905, China

“Missionary life is simply a chance to die.” – Amy Carmichael, missionary to India in the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s

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