Over 500 Missionary Quotes

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Missions Quotes 

Adoniram Judson: 21 

Amy Carmichael:  50 

Betty Greene: 1 

Brother Andrew: 24 

Clarence Jones: 2

Count Zinzendorf: 7 

C.T. Studd: 25 

David Livingstone: 30 

Elisabeth Elliot: 40

Eric Liddell: 26

Gladys Aylward: 6 

Hudson Taylor: 100 

Ion Keith-Falconer: 3

Isobel Kuhn: 5

Jim Elliot:  62

John Paton: 6

Jonathan Goforth: 8

Lottie Moon: 13

Mary Slessor: 13

Nate Saint: 6

Oswald J Smith: 24 

Robert Moffat: 4

Samuel Zwemer: 10 

Wilfred Grenfell: 11

William Carey: 21

Total – 518

Adoniram Judson: 

  1. “There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after.”
  2. “God loves importunate prayer so much that He will not give us much blessing without it.”
  3. “The motto for every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster, ought to be ‘Devoted for Life.’”
  4. “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.”
  5. “If God gave light and wisdom, the religion of Jesus was soon learned; but without God, a man might study all his life long, and make no proficiency.” 
  6. “Let me beg you, not to rest contented with the commonplace religion that is now so prevalent.”
  7. “The future is a bright as the promises of God.”
  8. “I never prayed sincerely and earnestly for anything but it came at some time; no matter at how distant a day, somehow, in some shape, probably the least I would have devised, it came.”
  9. “Permit us to labor on in obscurity, and at the end of twenty years you may hear from us again.”
  10. “Thanks be to God, not–only for ‘rivers of endless joys above, but for ‘rills of comfort here below.’” 
  11. “No mind, no wisdom–tempora ry mind, temporary wisdom–eternal mind, eternal wisdom.”
  12. “A true disciple inquires not whether a fact is agreeable to his own reason.His pride has yielded to the divine testimony.”
  13. “God answers all true prayer, either in kind or in kindness.”
  14. “Our prayers run along one road and God’s answers by another, and by and by they meet.”
  15. “We prefer one room in Rangoon to six in Boston. We feel that we are highly blessed.”
  16. “I feel it is my duty to plod on, while daylight shall last…” 
  17. “I will not leave Burma until the cross is planted here forever.”
  18. “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.”
  19. “It is true that we may desire much more. But let us use what we have, and God will give us more.”
  20. “Nothing is impossible,’ said one of the seven sages of Greece, ‘to industry.’ Let us change the word, ‘industry,’ to ‘persevering prayer,’ and the motto will be more Christian and more worthy of universal adoption.”
  21. “After many painful trials, which none can know, but those who are taught to relinquish a system in which they had been educated, I settled down in the full persuasion, that the immersion of a professing believer in Christ is the only Christian baptism.” 

Amy Carmichael:

  1. “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” 
  2. “Give me the Love that leads the way The Faith that nothing can dismay The Hope no disappointments tire The Passion that’ll burn like fire Let me not sink to be a clod Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God” 
  3. “It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires which He creates” 
  4. “But God is the God of the waves and the billows, and they are still His when they come over us; and again and again we have proved that the overwhelming thing does not overwhelm. Once more by His interposition deliverance came. We were cast down, but not destroyed.”  
  5. “Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is.” 
  6. “He said “Love…as I have loved you.” We cannot love too much.” 
  7. “We profess to be strangers and pilgrims, seeking after a country of our own, yet we settle down in the most un-stranger-like fashion, exactly as if we were quite at home and meant to stay as long as we could. I don’t wonder apostolic miracles have died. Apostolic living certainly has.”  
  8. “There is only one way of victory over the bitterness and rage that comes naturally to us–To will what God wills brings peace.” 
  9. “Satan is so much more in earnest than we are–he buys up the opportunity while we are wondering how much it will cost.” 
  10. “And shall I pray Thee change Thy will, my Father, Until it be according unto mine? But, no, Lord, no, that never shall be, rather I pray Thee blend my human will with Thine.
  11. I pray Thee hush the hurrying, eager longing, I pray Thee soothe the pangs of keen desire— See in my quiet places, wishes thronging— Forbid them, Lord, purge, though it be with fire.” 
  12. “Strength of my heart, I need not fail, Not mind to fear but to obey, With such a Leader, who could quail? Thou art as Thou wert yesterday.Strength of my heart, I rest in Thee, Fulfil Thy purposes through me.” 
  13. “Do not fight the thing in detail: turn from it. Look ONLY at your Lord. Sing. Read. Work.” 
  14. “The word comfort is from two Latin words meaning “with” and “strong” – He is with us to make us strong. Comfort is not soft, weakening commiseration; it is true, strengthening love.” 
  15. “There have been times of late when I have had to hold on to one text with all my might: “It is required in stewards that a man may be found faithful.” Praise God, it does not say “sucessful.” 
  16. “One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving” 
  17. “God Hold us to that which drew us first, when the Cross was the attraction, and we wanted nothing else.” 
  18. “All along, let us remember we are not asked to understand, but simply to obey…” 
  19. “He hath never failed thee yet. Never will His love forget. O fret not thyself nor let Thy heart be troubled, Neither let it be afraid.” 

  1. “If I am afraid to speak the truth lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should say, “You do not understand”, or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; if I put my own good name before the other’s highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” 
  2. “A cup brimful of sweetness cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, no matter how suddenly jarred.” 
  3. “Oh, will you pray? Stop now and pray, lest desire turn to feeling and feeling evaporate.” 

  1. “Thou art the Lord who slept upon the pillow, Thou art the Lord who soothed the furious sea, What matters beating wind and tossing billow If only we are in the boat with Thee?

  1. Hold us quiet through the age-long minute While Thou art silent and the wind is shrill : Can the boat sink while Thou, dear Lord, are in it; Can the heart faint that waiteth on Thy will?” 
  2. “I wish thy way. And when in me myself should rise,  and long for something otherwise,  Then Lord, take sword and spear  And slay.” 
  3. “The best training is to learn to accept everything as it comes, as from Him whom our soul loves. The tests are always unexpected things, not great things that can be written up, but the common little rubs of life, silly little nothings, things you are ashamed of minding one scrap” 
  4. “Bare heights of loneliness…a wilderness whose burning winds sweep over glowing sands, what are they to HIM? Even there He can refresh us, even there He can renew us.” 
  5. “If by doing some work which the undiscerning consider ‘not spiritual work’ I can best help others, and I inwardly rebel, thinking it is the spiritual for which I crave, when in truth it is the interesting and exciting, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” 
  6. “Can we follow the Savior far, who have no wound or scar? ” 
  7. “There is nothing dreary or doubtful about (the life). It is meant to be continually joyful…We are called to a settled happiness in the Lord whose joy is our strength.” 
  8. “To me there is no more tragic sight than the average missionary. …We have given so much, yet not the one thing that counts; we aspire so high, and fall so low; we suffer so much, but so seldom with Christ; we have done so much and so little will remain; we have known Christ in part, and have so effectively barricaded our hearts against His mighty love, which surely He must yearn to give His disciples above all people.” 
  9. “If my attitude be on of fear, not faith, about the one who has disappointed me; if I say “Just what I expected,” if a fall occurs, then I know nothing of Calvary Love.” 
  10. “For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted.” 
  11. “I think God wants to make me pure gold, so He is burning out the dross, teaching me the meaning of the fire, the burnt offering, the death of the self-part of me.” 
  12. “If our children were to grow up truthful they much be taught by those who had a regard for truth; and not just a casual regard, a delicate regard. On this point we were adamant.” 
  13. “If I do not feel far more for the grieved Saviour than for my worried self when troublesome things occur, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” 
  14. “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” How often I think of that ‘ought.’ No sugary sentiment there. Just the stern, glorious trumpet call, OUGHT. But can words tell the joy buried deep within? Mine cannot. It laughs at words.” 
  15. “If I can write an unkind letter, speak an unkind work, think an unkind thought without grief and shame, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” 
  16. “We knew our Father. There was no need for persuasion. Would not His Fatherliness be longing to give us our hearts’ desire (if I may put it so)? How could we press Him as though He were not our own most loving Father?” 
  17. “I would rather burn out than rust out.” 
  18. “If souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it, because the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.”
  19. “We will have all eternity to celebrate our victories, but only a few short hours to win them.” 
  20. “All life’s training is just exactly what is needed for the true Life-work, still out of view but far away from none of us. Don’t grudge me the learning of a new lesson.” 
  21. only expenditure, and all its outworkings, for which God can be held to be responsible is that which He directs.” 
  22. “If I make much of anything appointed, magnify it secretly to myself or insidiously to others; if I let them think it “hard,” if I look back longingly upon what used to be, and linger among the byways of memory, so that my power to help is weakened, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” 
  23. “as the needs of all living things must, we have proved that it is a very safe thing to trust in the Lord our God.” 
  24. “The mere telling of how a need was met is often like telling of a need, which is asking crookedly instead of straight out. But this much I will say–with every fresh need has come a fresh supply.” 
  25. “Manliness is not mere courage, it is the quality of soul which frankly accepts all conditions in human life, and makes it a point of honor not to be dismayed or wearied by them.”
  26. “If the praise of man elates me and his blame depresses me; if I cannot rest under misunderstanding without defending myself if I love to be loved more than to love…then I know nothing of Calvary love.” 
  27. “From all that dims Thy calvary O Lamb of God deliver me.” 

Betty Greene: 

  1. “I believe that love is better than hate. And that there is more nobility in building a chicken coop than in destroying a cathedral.”

Brother Andrew:

  1. I am a fool for Christ…whose fool are you?” 
  2. “We have to live a life that is more revolutionary than that of the revolutionaries.” 
  3. “The bigger the darkness, the easier it is to spot your little light.”
  4. “You can get in anywhere if you go to serve.” 
  5. “Don’t curse the darkness but light a candle.” 
  6. “That’s the excitement in obedience, finding out later what God had in mind.” 
  7. “Persecution is an enemy the Church has met and mastered many times. Indifference could prove to be a far more dangerous foe.” 
  8. “Don’t complain to yourselves that you can’t go to the mission field! Thank God for bringing the mission field to you!” 
  9. “Our prayers can go where we cannot…there are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.” 
  10. “I think you’re like one of your own lumps of clay, Andy. God has a plan for you, and He’s trying to get you into the center of it, and you keep dodging and slithering away.” 
  11. “In the years of living this life of faith, I have never known God’s care to fail.” 

  1. “Whenever, wherever, however You want me, I’ll go. And I’ll begin this very minute. Lord, as I stand up from this place, and as I take my first step forward, will You consider this is a step toward complete obedience to You? I’ll call it the step of yes.” 
  2. “Lord, if you show me the way, I will follow You.” 
  3. “It’s better to obey God rather than men.” 
  4. “Christians need a new filling of the Holy Spirit to love those who disagree with them. And the greatest expression of love is to share with them the most precious thing a Christian has, which is the good news of the salvation of Jesus Christ.” 
  5. “I experienced one of the common miracles of the Christian life. Our spirits recognized each other.” 
  6. “One man with God is a majority.” 
  7. “Don’t bring Hollywood; bring Christ. Don’t bring power. Don’t bring just your money. Bring love. Bring the kingdom.” 
  8. “The enemy is fierce and he would like for you to think that he has on. Don’t believe his lie.” 
  9. “through prayer we can reach into the future and with loving hands touch those beyond our reach.” 
  10. “God really is a Father, as displeased with a cramped, niggardly attitude of lack as with its opposite.” 
  11. “The Church is larger than any one nation or any one political scene.” 
  12. “The work of the church is not survival. She exists to fulfill the Great Commission.” 
  13. “Hatred and greed are heavy loads. Your motive, on the other hand, is love. And instead of priding yourselves on your cunning, you recognize how weak you are…so weak that you must depend totally on the Spirit of God.” 

Clarence Jones:

  1. “It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you don’t worry about who gets the credit.”
  2. “The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.”

Count Zinzendorf:

  1. “Only atheists attempt to comprehend god with their mind.”
  2. “I have one passion. It is He, only He.”
  3. “Our method of proclaiming salvation is this: to point out to every heart the loving Lamb, who died for us, and although He was the Son of God, offered Himself for our sins … by the preaching of His blood, and of His love unto death, even the death of the cross.”
  4. “I am, as ever, a poor sinner, a captive of eternal love, running by the side of His triumphal chariot, and I have no desire to be anything else as long as I live.”
  5. “I am destined to proclaim the message, unmindful of personal consequences to myself.”
  6. “Preach the gospel, die and be forgotten.”
  7. “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.” 

C.T. Studd: 

  1. Only one life, a few brief years,
    Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
    Each with its clays I must fulfill.
    living for self or in His will;
    Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
    Only what s done for Christ will last.

  2. Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news of our departure from the field of battle.

  3. If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.

  4. Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.

  5. Funds are low again, hallelujah! That means God trusts us and is willing to leave His reputation in our hands.

  6. 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.

  7. Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. How little chance the Holy Ghost has nowadays. The churches and missionary societies have so bound Him in red tape that they practically ask Him to sit in a corner while they do the work themselves.

  11. …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.

  12. Prayer is good; but when used as a substitute for obedience, it is nothing but a blatant hypocrisy… Don’t hedge! Time flies! … Enlist!

  13. Real Christians revel in desperate ventures for Christ, expecting from God great things and attempting the same with exhilaration.

  14. 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.

  15. Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible.

  16. 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.

  17. Had I cared for the comments of people, I should never have been a missionary.

  18. The light that shines farthest shines brightest nearest home.

  19. True religion is like the smallpox. If you get it, you give it to others and it spreads.

  20. A good thing to have up your sleeve is a sanctified funny-bone.

  21. Cease your insults to God, quit consulting flesh and blood. Stop your lame, lying, and cowardly excuses. Enlist!

  22. My only joys therefore are that when God has given me a work to do, I have not refused it.

  23. It takes a real man to make a true confession-a Chocolate Soldier will excuse or cloak his sin.

  24. For five years we never went outside our doors without a volley of curses from our neighbours.

  25. 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.

David Livingstone: 

  1. “God, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. And sever any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to Yours.”
  2. “I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.”
  3. “Without Christ, not one step; with Him, anywhere!”
  4. “I am immortal till my work is accomplished”
  5. “I’ll go anywhere as long as it’s forward.”
  6. “If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”

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

  8. “This generation can only reach this generation.”

  9. “Sympathy is no substitute for action.”

  10. “Fear God and work hard.”

  11. “God had only one Son, and He was a missionary.”

  12. “Christ alone can save the world, but Christ cannot save the world alone.”
  13. “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.”
  14. “In this service I hope to live; in it I wish to die!”
  15. “I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.”
  16. “All that I am I owe to Jesus Christ, revealed to me in His divine Book.”
  17. “Death alone will put a stop to my effort!”
  18. “It is my desire to show my attachment to the cause of Him who died for me by devoting my life to His service.”
  19. “The end of the [geographical] exploration is the beginning of the [missionary] enterprise.”

  20. “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.”
  21. “People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege.”

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

  23. “There is one safe and happy place, and that is in the will of God.”
  24. “If we have not enough in our religion . . . to share it with all the world, it is doomed here at home.”
  25. “All I can say in my solitude is, May Heaven’s rich blessing come down on every one – American, English, Turk – who will help to heal this open sore of the world.”
  26. “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.”
  27. “I’d rather be in the heart of Africa in the will of God, than on the throne of England,”

  1. “The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet.”

  1. “I have found that I have no unusual endowments of intellect, but this day I resolve that I will be an uncommon Christian.”

  1. “Providence seems to call me to the regions beyond” 

Elisabeth Elliot: 

  1. “The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”
  2. “There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.”
  3. “Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you.”
  4. “You can never lose what you have offered to Christ.”
  5. “The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be. It may seem to be much worse, but in the end it’s going to be a lot better and a lot bigger.”
  6. “By trying to grab fulfillment everywhere, we find it nowhere.”
  7. “Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.”
  8. “The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds. He will not allow quietness.”
  9. “Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ‘ashes.’”
  10. “God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.”
  11. “It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while he is the end of our journey, he is also at every stopping place.”
  12. “Failure means nothing now, only that it taught me life.”
  13. “God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”
  14. “Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.”
  15. “The world cries for men who are strong, strong in conviction, strong to lead, to stand, to suffer.”
  16. “We cannot give our hearts to God and keep our bodies to ourselves.”
  17. “The fact that I’m a woman doesn’t make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I’m a Christian does make me a different kind of woman.” 
  18. “God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.”
  19. “If all struggles and sufferings were eliminated, the spirit would no more reach maturity than would the child.
  20. “When you don’t know what to do next, just do the thing in front of you.”
  21. “…the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by his letting us have our way in the end, but by his making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly pray what he taught his disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”
  22. “Things happen which would not happen without prayer. Let us not forget that.”
  23. “Everything if given to God can become your gateway to joy.”
  24. “One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.”
  25. “If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to him and ask him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.” 
  26. “If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things.”
  27. “We are not meant to die merely in order to be dead. God could not want that for the creatures to whom he has given the breath of life. We die in order to live.”
  28. “Of all things difficult to rule, none were more so than my will and affections.”
  29. “Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.”
  30. “Money holds terrible power when it is loved.”
  31. “The cross means suffering. Suffering’s meaning is to be learned through the cross.”
  32. “Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”
  33. “When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love him.”
  34. “I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”
  35. “To be a follower of the Crucified means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss.”
  36. “If your goal is purity of heart, be prepared to be thought very odd.”
  37. “Cruelty and wrong are not the greatest forces in the world. There is nothing eternal in them. Only love is eternal.”
  38. “Worship is not an experience. Worship is an act, and this takes discipline. We are to worship ‘in spirit and in truth.’ Never mind about the feelings. We are to worship in spite of them.”
  39. “Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on him who has all things safely in his hands.”
  40. “You are loved with an everlasting love. And underneath are the everlasting arms.”

Eric Liddell: 

  1. “In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is a glory to be found if one has done his best.”
  2. “Take obedience with you into your prayer hour, for you will know as much of God, and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice.”
  3. “Christ for the world, for the world needs Christ!”
  4. “Many of us are missing something in life because we are after the second best.”
  5. “Purity does not mean crushing the instincts but having the instincts as servants and not the master of the spirit.”
  6. “If, in the quiet of your heart, you feel something should be done, stop and consider whether it is in line with the character and teaching of Jesus. If so, obey that impulse to do it, and in doing so you will find it was God guiding you.”
  7. “Anyone who, neglecting that fixed hour of prayer, [will] say he can pray at all times but will probably end in praying at no time.”
  8. “No man who really is a man ever cared for the easy task. There is no enjoyment in the game that is easily won. It is that in which you have to strain every muscle and sinew to achieve victory that provides real joy.”
  9. “God used the law, like a skilful physician, to bring my sore to a head in order that he might heal. The law was not a means of salvation, but only a means to show the need for salvation.”
  10. “Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins. God’s love is still working. He comes in and takes the calamity and uses it victoriously, working out His wonderful plan of love.”
  11. “I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within. Jesus said, ‘Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me.’”
  12. “Every Christian should live a God-guided life. If you are not guided by God, you will be guided by something or someone else.”
  13. “Obedience to God’s will is the secret of spiritual knowledge and insight. It is not willingness to know, but willingness to DO (obey) God’s will that brings certainty.”
  14. “The secret of my success over the 400m is that I run the first 200m as fast as I can. Then, for the second 200m, with God’s help I run faster.”
  15. “As Christians, I challenge you. Have a great aim – have a high standard – make Jesus your ideal…make Him an ideal not merely to be admired but also to be followed.”
  16. “You will know as much of God, and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice.”
  17. “If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race.” l
  18. “The kingdom is where the King reigns. If He is reigning in my heart, then the Kingdom of Heaven has come to me.”
  19. “Training is not the easiest thing to do. It is liable to become monotonous, with the continual repetition of certain exercises. One of the hardest lessons to learn is how to start.”
  20. “My ideas on the diet of an athlete are different for different athletes. Some will find that they do best by dieting, others who are used to living on simple fare will find that they need to do very little in that direction.”l
  21. “Victory over all the circumstances of life comes not by might, nor by power, but by a practical confidence in God and by allowing His Spirit to dwell in our hearts and control our actions and emotions.”
  22. “Learn in the days of ease and comfort, to think in terms of the prayer that follows, so that when the days of hardship come you will be fully prepared and equipped to meet them.”
  23. “To OBEY God’s will was like food to Jesus, refreshing His mind, body and spirit. ‘My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me.’”
  24. “HAPPINESS is to have enough for the day’s needs with always some to spare for those who have not. IT is to possess the love of friends and to have the knowledge that all is well with them.”
  25. “Happiness is to have the strength to face with courage all that the day may bring. It is to cherish the gift of laughter, to be quick to note all that is lovely and of good report.”
  26. “HAPPINESS is to find our joy in the common things of life for so will youth abide in our hearts till the end of our days. Thank God for the gift of happiness.” 

Gladys Aylward:

  1. “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.”
  2. “The eagle that soars in the upper air does not worry itself how it is to cross rivers.” 
  3. “Here was I worrying about my journey, while God was helping me all the way. It made me realize that I am very weak; my courage is only borrowed from Him, but, oh, the peace that flooded my soul; and although I know that I may be held up at the border , I am at peace within, because I know that He never faileth.”
  4. “Oh God, here’s my Bible, Here’s my money. Here’s me. Use me, God.” 
  5. “I wasn’t God’s first choice for what I’ve done in China…I don’t know who it was…it must have been a man…a 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.'” 
  6. “Life is pitiful, death so familiar, suffering and pain so common, yet I would not be anywhere else. Do not wish me out of this or in any way seek to get me out, for I will not be got out while this trial is on. These are my people, God has given them to me, and I will live or die with for Him and His glory.” 

Hudson Taylor:

  1. 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
  2. While salvation is a free gift, the ‘winning Christ’ can only be through unreserved consecration and unquestioning obedience. Nor is this a hardship, but the highest privilege.
  3. China is not to be won for Christ by quiet, ease-loving men and women… The stamp of men and women we need is such as will put Jesus, China, souls first and foremost in everything and at every time – even life itself must be secondary.
  4. The good works of the unsaved may indeed benefit their fellow-creatures; but until life in Christ has been received, they cannot please God.
  5. We sometimes hear the argument, ‘All the world’ thinks this, or does that, given as a reason for our doing likewise; but that is an argument that should have no weight with the Christian, who is commanded not to be conformed to the world.
  6. It is always helpful to us to fix our attention on the God-ward aspect of Christian work; to realise that the work of God does not mean so much man’s work for God, as God’s own work through man.
  7. Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and might things which thou knowest not.
  8. All God’s giants have been weak men and women who have gotten hold of God’s faithfulness.
  9. God means just what He says and He will do all that He has promised.
  10. The Lord IS my shepherd. Not was, not may be, nor will be. . . is my shepherd on Sunday, is on Monday, and is through every day of the week; is in January, is in December, and every month of the year, is at home, and is in China; is in peace, and is in war; in abundance, and in penury.
  11. The missionary spirit is the spirit of Jesus, the spirit of the incarnation and the cross.
  12. Nothing can take the place of a real hunger for souls, or make up for the lack of it.
  13. Believing prayer will lead to whole-hearted action.
  14. Power with God will be the gauge of real power with men.
  15. If this is a real work for God it is a real conflict with Satan.
  16. Unless you intend your wife to be a true missionary, not merely a wife, home-maker, and friend, do not join us.
  17. If it is true in anything, it is especially true of divine things, what costs little is worth little.
  18. Were it not for the consciousness of Christ in my life, hour by hour, I could not go on. But He is teaching me the glorious lessons of His sufficiency, and each day I am carried onward with no feeling of strain or fear of collapse.
  19. There has never been a successful social movement for any minority without the support of the majority.
  20. Fruit-bearing involves cross-bearing. There are not two Christs–an easygoing one for easygoing Christians, and a suffering, toiling one for exceptional believers. There is only one Christ. Are you willing to abide in Him, and thus to bear much fruit?
  21. I often think that God must have been looking for someone small enough and weak enough for Him to use, and that He found me.
  22. A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a great thing.
  23. You do not need a great faith, but faith in a great God.
  24. In nothing do we fail more, as a Mission, than in lack of tact and politeness.
  25. One difficulty follows another very fast – but God reigns, not chance.
  26. As our Father makes many a flower to bloom unseen in the lonely desert, [let us] do all that we can do, as under God’s eye, though no other eye ever take note of it.
  27. Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success.
  28. When we work, we work. When we pray, God works.
  29. While unbelief sees the difficulties, faith sees God between itself and them.
  30. When the heart submits, then Jesus reigns. When Jesus reigns, there is rest.
  31. Wave after wave of trial rolled over us; but at the end of the year some of us were constrained to confess, that we had learned more of the loving-kindness of the Lord than in any previous year of our lives.
  32. Satan may build a hedge about us and fence us in and hinder our movements, but he cannot roof us in and prevent our looking up.
  33. Consider six or eight hours a day sacred to the Lord and His work, and let nothing hinder your giving this time (to language study and practice) till you can preach fluently and intelligibly.
  34. Unless there is the element of extreme risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith
  35. An easy, non-self-denying life will never be one of power.
  36. I am so weak that I can hardly write, I cannot read my Bible, I cannot even pray, I can only lie still in God’s arms like a little child, and trust.
  37. To every toiling, heavy-laden sinner, Jesus says, Come to me and rest. But there are many toiling, heavy-laden believers, too. For them this same invitation is meant. Note well the words of Jesus, if you are heavy-laden with your service, and do not mistake it. It is not, Go, labor on, as perhaps you imagine. On the contrary, it is stop, turn back, Come to me and rest. Never, never did Christ send a heavy laden one to work; never, never did He send a hungry one, a weary one, a sick or sorrowing one, away on any service. For such the Bible only says, Come, come, come.
  38. If I had 1,000 lives, I’d give them all for China.
  39. It matters not how great the pressure is, only where the pressure lies. As long as the pressure does not come between me and my Savior, but presses me to Him, then the greater the pressure, the greater my dependence upon Him.
  40. Oh, for eloquence to plead the cause of China, for a pencil dipped in fire to paint the condition of this people.
  41. We have heard of many people who trusted God too little, but have you ever heard of anyone who trusted Him too much?
  42. Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your knees.
  43. [God] wants you to have something far better than riches and gold, and that is helpless dependence upon Him.
  44. Let but faithful labourers be found, who will prove faithful to God, and there is no reason to fear that God will not prove faithful to them.
  45. God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him
  46. But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One.
  47. If I had a thousand pounds China should have it- if I had a thousand lives, China should have them. No! Not China, but Christ. Can we do too much for Him? Can we do enough for such a precious Saviour?
  48. I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working.
  49. Satan, the Hinderer, may build a barrier about us, but he can never roof us in, so that we cannot look up.
  50. 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?
  51. If we wait till we run no risk, the gospel will never be introduced into the interior,
  52. As a rule, prayer is answered and funds come in, but if we are kept waiting, the spiritual blessing that is the outcome is far more precious than exemption from the trial.
  53. It is not so much the greatness of our troubles, as the littleness of our spirit, which makes us complain
  54. In Shansi I found Chinese Christians who were accustomed to spend time in fasting and prayer. They recognized that this fasting, which so many dislike, which requires faith in God, since it makes one feel weak and poorly, is really a Divinely appointed means of grace. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength; and in fasting we learn what poor, weak creatures we are-dependent on a meal of meat for the little strength which we are so apt to lean upon.
  55. The less I spent on myself and the more I gave to others, the fuller of happiness and blessing did my soul become.
  56. I myself, for instance, am not especially gifted, and am shy by nature, but my gracious and merciful God and Father inclined Himself to me, and when I was weak in faith He strengthened me while I was still young. He taught me in my helplessness to rest on Him, and to pray even about little things in which another might have felt able to help himself.
  57. 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.
  58. Jesus is our strength, and what we cannot do or bear, He can both do and bear in us.
  59. The hardest part of a missionary career is to maintain regular, prayerful Bible study. Satan will always find you something to do, when you ought to be occupied about that – if it is only arranging a window blind!
  60. Our joy in Him may be a fluctuating thing: His joy in us knows no change.
  61. Many Christians estimate difficulties in the light of their own resources, and thus attempt little and often fail in the little they attempt. All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence with them.
  62. Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all
  63. We are not only to renounce evil, but to manifest the truth. We tell people the world is vain; let our lives manifest that it is so. We tell them that our home is above and that all these things are transitory. Does our dwelling look like it? O to live consistent lives!
  64. Devotion to God is still a voluntary thing; hence the differences of attainment among Christians.
  65. The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here to seek for sunshine, and there to find rain. No; it rests in union and communion with the vine…Let us so abide in the Lord Jesus.
  66. Are you in a hurry, flurried, distressed? Look up! See the Man in the Glory! Let the face of Jesus shine upon you—the face of the Lord Jesus Christ. Is He worried, troubled, distressed? There is no wrinkle on His brow, no least shade of anxiety. Yet the affairs are His as much as yours.
  67. 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
  68. Christ liveth in me. And how great the difference…instead of bondage, liberty; instead of failure, quiet victories within; instead of fear and weakness, a restful sense of sufficiency in Another.
  69. Learn to move man, through God, by prayer alone
  70. God’s work is not man working for God; it is God’s own work, though often wrought through man’s hands.
  71. it is no small comfort to me to know that God has called me to my work, putting me where I am and as I am. I have not sought the position, and I dare not leave it. He knows why He places me here-whether to do, or learn, or suffer.
  72. The real secret of an unsatisfied life lies too often in an unsurrendered will.
  73. All our difficulties are only platforms for the manifestations of His grace, power and love.
  74. I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him to do His work through me.
  75. So if God should place me in serious perplexity, must He not give me much guidance; in places of great difficulty, much grace; in circumstances of great pressure and trial, much strength? No fear that HIs resources will prove unequal to the emergency! And His resources are mine, for He is mine, and is with me and dwells in me.
  76. God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.
  77. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.
  78. 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.
  79. If the Lord is coming soon, is this not a very practical motive for greater missionary effort? I know of no other motive that has been so stimulating to myself.
  80. Truly Jesus is the great need of our souls.
  81. It is the consciousness of the threefold joy of the Lord, His joy in ransoming us, His joy in dwelling within us as our Saviour and Power for fruitbearing and His joy in possessing us, as His Bride and His delight; it is the consciousness of this joy which is our real strength. Our joy in Him may be a fluctuating thing: His joy in us knows no change.
  82. It is not lost time to wait upon God!
  83. Too often we attempt to work for God to the limit of our incompetency, rather than to the limit of God’s omnipotency.
  84. Not infrequently our GOD brings His people into difficulties on purpose that they may come to know Him as they could not otherwise do.
  85. There are three stages in the work of God: impossible, difficult, done
  86. It does not matter how great the pressure is. What really matters is where the pressure lies — whether it comes between you and God, or whether it presses you nearer His heart.
  87. Let us never forget that what we are is more important than what we do.
  88. Depend on it. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply. He is too wise a God to frustrate His purposes for lack of funds, and He can just as easily supply them ahead of time as afterwards, and He much prefers doing so.
  89. All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reackoned on God being with them
  90. Dream a dream so big that unless God intervenes it will fail.
  91. There are three great truths, 1st, That there is a God; 2nd, That He has spoken to us in the Bible; 3rd, That He means what He says.
  92. There are three indispensable requirements for a missionary: 1. Patience 2. Patience 3. Patience.
  93. The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity…if we want to see might wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and might things which thou knowest not.”
  94. Let us give up our work, our thoughts, our plans, ourselves, our lives, our loved ones, our influence, our all, right into His hand, and then, when we have given all over to Him, there will be nothing left for us to trouble about, or to make trouble about.
  95. When I cannot read, when I cannot think, when I cannot even pray, I can trust.
  96. Abiding in Jesus isn’t fixing our attention on Christ, but it is being one with Him… A man is abiding just as much when he is sleeping for Jesus, as when he is awake and working for Jesus. Oh, it is a very sweet thing to have one’s mind just resting there.
  97. Carrying the cross does mean following in Jesus’ footsteps. And in His footsteps are rejection, brokenheartedness, persecution and death. There are not two Christ’s – an easy going one for easy going Christians, and a suffering one for exceptional believers. There is only one Christ. Are we willing to follow His lead?
  98. 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.
  99. I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize that He is able to carry out His will for me. It does not matter where He places me, or how. That is for Him to consider, not me, for in the easiest positions He will give me grace, and in the most difficult ones His grace is sufficient.
  100. 100.The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.

Ion Keith-Falconer: 

  1. “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.” 
  2. “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.” 
  3. “Charlie Studd has written me a delightful letter… He thinks the Chinese language was invented by the devil to prevent the Chinese from ever hearing the Gospel properly.”

Isobel Kuhn: 

  1. “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!” 
  2. “We need to look resolutely away from the impossibilities and to the Lord. His help will come.” 
  3. “Did you think that the missionary path was all glory? Than you have not read of God’s greatest Messenger to earth, who sat and wept over Jerusalem, crying out, ʻI would… but ye would not.ʼ” 
  4. “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!” 
  5. “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.” 

Jim Elliot: 

  1. O my soul — what shall it be for thee in that day when thou standest before the God who breathed thee?
  2. It is dangerous to get the cart before the horse, but it is essential in God’s program to get the heart before the course. (Ps. 84)
  3. The sound of “gentle stillness” after all of the thunder and wind have passed will be the ultimate Word from God. Tarry long for it.
  4. God has not led us this far to frustrate us or turn us back.
  5. The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable and perfect.
  6. Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on earth!
  7. Lord, give me firmness without hardness, steadfastness without dogmatism, love without weakness.
  8. I seek not a long life but a a full one likes Yours, Lord Jesus.
  9. Christianity is more than a padded pew or a dim cathedral — it is a real, living, daily experience which goes on from grace to grace.
  10. Cold prayers, like cold suitors, are seldom effective in their aims.
  11. Lord, deliver me from sweet doctrinal nothings.
  12. O my soul — what shall it be for thee in that day when thou standest before the God who breathed thee?
  13. It is dangerous to get the cart before the horse, but it is essential in God’s program to get the heart before the course. (Ps. 84)
  14. The sound of “gentle stillness” after all of the thunder and wind have passed will be the ultimate Word from God. Tarry long for it.
  15. God has not led us this far to frustrate us or turn us back.
  16. Oh, what manner of men we ought to be in light of what is now on us!
  17. Realized today that I am on a very stiff trial — it is the test of free time. …I fear lest I should waste such days.
  18. God, preserve me from living a life which conforms to the general pattern.
  19. Wherever you are – be all there.
  20. Father, forgive me for being so academic and material in my outlook— so much feeding the mind and the outer man, so little genuine concern for spiritual things.
  21. We must begin to think in terms of going out and stop weeping because they won’t come in. Who wants to step into an igloo? The tombs themselves are not colder than the churches. May God send us forth.
  22. Struck with the world vision of Malachi 1. Verses 5,11,14 declare that God’s purposes are not only in Isreal. “My name shall be great among the Gentiles”
  23. Give me a place whereon to stand, a fulcrum strong enough, a lever long enough, and I will move the world. We have it in the Word and cross.
  24. A day is not measured by by its hours, but by the content of its hours.
  25. I have just come from the Oklahoma vs Texas A&M game, one of the best, I suppose, I shall ever see. Ah, what will it be when not 40,000 but a myriad of people rivet their excited attentions upon the Son of God!
  26. Oh the awful emptiness of a full life when Christ stands yet without.
  27. What a ragged, shoddy thing Christianity has come to be – honoring man and means and places and crowds.
  28. Our young men are going to the professional fields because they don’t “feel called” to the mission field. We don’t need a call; we need a kick in the pants.
  29. Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God.
  30. Father, make me a “crisis man.” Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road. Make of me a fork, so that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.
  31. I thank Thee, Savior, that Thou hast been slain, not because the plans of man succeeded, but because God brought Thee before us all through death to preserve life in the earth.
  32. Father, let me be weak that I might lose my clutch on everything temporal. My life, my reputation, my possessions.
  33. Why do you need a voice when you have a verse?
  34. Exodus 21 – Savior, I know Thou hast allowed me absolute liberty, to serve Thee or to go my own way. I would serve forever, for I love my master, I will not go out free. Mark my ear, Lord that I might respond only to Thy voice.
  35. It is hard to steer a parked car
  36. As He was sent, so are we. As He loves us, so we are to love one another. As He is pure, so we are to purify ourselves. As He walked, we ought also to walk. Yea, “as He is, so are we in this world.”
  37. Lord make me to be patient like Moses to await Thy great working.
  38. I pray Thee, make my way prosperous, not that I achieve high station but that my life might be an exhibit to the value of knowing God!
  39. God, I pray, light up these idle sticks of my life and may I burn up for Thee!
  40. Rachel and Leah manifest an attitude towards their family which I would have towards all earthly ties. There is now no longer an inheritance for me down here. I’ve been bought by the labors of that Great Shepherd! Lead on, Lord, wherever God’s command is, I am now ready to go.
  41. Abraham called himself a “stranger and sojourner” in a land he believed that God was going to give him. Lord, show me that I must be a stranger unconcerned and unconnected with the affairs below.
  42. Oh if I could write it, preach it, say it, paint it, anything at all, if only God’s power would become known among us.
  43. It makes me boil when I think of the power we profess and the utter impotency of our action.
  44. “Surely those who know the great passionate heart of Jehovah must deny their own loves to share in the expression of His.
  45. Consider the call from the Throne above, “Go ye,” and from round about, “Come over and help us,” and even the call from the damned souls below, “Send Lazarus to my brothers, that they come not to this place.
  46. Meekness must be had for contact with men, but brass, outspoken boldness is required to take part in the comradeship of the Cross. We are “sideliners” — coaching and criticizing the real wrestlers while content to sit by and leave the enemies of God unchallenged.
  47. When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die.
  48. The shiny paint laid on by curiosity’s hand has worn off. What thing better can a man know than the love of Christ, which passes knowledge?
  49. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you Lord Jesus.
  50. I couldn’t have asked for more than God in deliberate grace has surprised me with!
  51. If we are the sheep of His pasture, remember that sheep are headed for the altar.
  52. Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.
  53. Dreams are tawdry when compared with the leading of God, and not worthy of the aura of wonder we usually surround them with. God only doeth wonders. He does nothing else. His hand can work nothing less.
  54. Lord, make my way prosperous not that I achieve high station, but that my life be an exhibit to the value of knowing God.
  55. God always gives his best to those who leave the choice with him.
  56. Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living.
  57. Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God.
  58. Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.
  59. So what if the church in the homeland needs stirring? They have the Scriptures, Moses, and the Prophets, and a lot more. Their condemnation is written on their bank books and in the dust on their Bible covers. American believers have sold their lives to the service of Mammon.
  60. We are so utterly ordinary, so commonplace, while we profess to know a Power the Twentieth Century does not reckon with.
  61. Wherever you are – be all there.
  62. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.

John Paton: 

  1. “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.”
  2. “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.”
  3. “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!” 
  4. “As I lay down my pen, let me record my immovable conviction that this is the noblest service in which any human being can spend or be spent; and that, if God gave me back my life to be lived over again, I would without one quiver of hesitation lay it on the altar to Christ, that He might use it as before in similar ministries of love, especially amongst those who have never yet heard the Name of Jesus.”
  5. “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.” 
  6. “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.”

Jonathan Goforth: 

  1. “If revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes; because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that It is not by might, but by My Spirit.”
  2. “In all things seek to know God’s Will and when known obey at any cost.”
  3. “All the resources of the Godhead are at our disposal!” 
  4. “Seek each day to do or say something to further Christianity among the heathen.” 
  5. “Seek to give much — expect nothing.” 
  6. “Who am I that I should urge these missionaries to confess their sins in public, when, for all I know, they may be living nearer to God than I am? The Spirit of God does not need me to act as His detective.” 
  7. “It is vain for us to pray while conscious that we have injured another. Let us first make amends to the injured one before we dare approach God at either the private or the public altar.” 
  8. “So much as one person with a contrary spirit to God is enough to affect all the meetings – that the revival fire did not flow until that person broke and confessed, or the Lord removed him.” 

Lottie Moon:

  1. “How many there are … who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing, forgetting that the prime object of their salvation was that they should follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in bringing back a lost world to God.”
  2. “How many there are … who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing, forgetting that the prime object of their salvation was that they should follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in bringing back a lost world to God.” 
  3. “How many million more souls are to pass into eternity without having heard the name of Jesus?”
  4. “Is not the festive season when families and friends exchange gifts in memory of The Gift laid on the altar of the world for the redemption of the human race, the most appropriate time to consecrate a portion from abounding riches and scant poverty to send forth the good tidings of great joy into all the earth?” 
  5. “Only believe, don’t fear. Our Master, Jesus, always watches over us, and no matter what the persecution, Jesus will surely overcome it.” 
  6. “A young man should ask himself not if it is his duty to go to the heathen, but if he may dare stay at home. The command is so plain: “Go.”” 
  7. “Surely there can be no greater joy than that of saving souls.” 
  8. “I have a firm conviction that I am immortal until my work is done.” 
  9. “Why should we not … instead of the paltry offerings we make, do something that will prove that we are really in earnest in claiming to be followers of him who, though he was rich, for our sake became poor?” 
  10. “Why this strange indifferences to missions? Why these scant contributions? Why does money fail to be forthcoming when approved men and women are asking to be sent to proclaim the “unsearchable riches of Christ” to the heathen?” 
  11. “I pray that no missionary will ever be as lonely as I have been.” 
  12. “One cannot help asking sadly, why is love of gold more potent than love of souls? The number of men mining and prospecting for gold in Shantung is more than double the number of men representing Southern Baptists! What a lesson for Southern Baptists to ponder!” 
  13. “At another house two women learned very fast; I say women, but one was a girl about twelve or thirteen, already married, however. There was a little child about three years old. My sister asked, ‘Who is the True God’s Son?’ The little thing replied, in a very sweet voice, ‘Jesus.'” 

Mary Slessor:

  1. It were worthwhile to die, if thereby a soul could be born again. 
  2. 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!
  3. What would I do with starry crowns except to cast them at His feet? 
  4. When you think of the woman’s power, you forget the power of the woman’s God. I shall go on. 
  5. The secret of all failure is disobedience.
  6. If you play with temptation do not expect God will deliver you
  7. 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. 
  8. Christ sent me to preach the gospel and he will look after the results.
  9. Why should I fear? I am on a Royal Mission. I am in the service of the King of kings. 
  10. Christ never was in a hurry. There was no rushing forward, no anticipating, no fretting over what might be. Each day’s duties were done as each day brought them, and the rest was left with God.
  11. Blessed the man and woman who is able to serve cheerfully in the second rank – a big test. 
  12. Lord, the task is impossible for me but not for Thee. Lead the way and I will follow. 
  13. Pray on, dear one- the power lies that way

Nate Saint: 

  1. “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.” 
  2. “When life’s flight is over, and we unload our cargo at the other end, the fellow who got rid of unnecessary weight will have the most valuable cargo to present the Lord.” 
  3. “If God would grant us the vision, the word sacrifice would disappear from our lips and thoughts; we would hate the things that seem now so dear to us; our lives would suddenly be too short, we would despise time-robbing distractions and charge the enemy with all our energies in the name of Christ. May God help us ourselves by the eternities that separate the Aucas from a Comprehension of Christmas and Him, who, though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor so that we might, through his poverty, be made rich.” 
  4. “I would rather die now than to live a life of oblivious ease in so sick a world.” 
  5. “As we have a high old time this Christmas may we who know Christ hear the cry of the damned as they hurtle headlong into the Christless night without ever a chance. May we be moved with compassion as our Lord was. May we shed tears of repentance for these we have failed to bring out of darkness. Beyond the smiling scenes of Bethlehem may we see the crushing agony of Golgotha” 
  6. “It was traumatic but exhilarating to feel what my father felt. I remember the ache of the separation from the people I loved. I would never go back to that time. Yet the things I learned benefited my life.”

Oswald J Smith:

  1. “I want Thy plan, O God, for my life. May I be happy and contented whether in the homeland or on the foreign field; whether married or alone, in happiness or sorrow, health or sickness, prosperity or adversity — I want Thy plan, O God, for my life. I want it; oh, I want it.” 
  2. “We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.” 
  3. “The supreme task of the Church is the evangelization of the world.” 
  4. “You must go or send a substitute.” 
  5. “The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.” 
  6. “The mission of the church is missions.” 
  7. “God can accomplish more through one message in the fulness of the Spirit than through hundreds given in the energy of the flesh.” 
  8. “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” 
  9. “If God wills the evangelization of the world, and you refuse to support missions, then you are opposed to the will of God.” 
  10. “The fulness of the Spirit is not a question of our getting more of the Holy Spirit, but rather of the Holy Spirit getting more of us.” 
  11. “Why should anyone hear the Gospel twice, before everyone has heard it once?” 
  12. “I have seen the vision and for self I cannot live; Life is less than worthless till my all I give.” 
  13. “There can be no prevailing in prayer without travailing in prayer.” 
  14. “The three representative men of the Bible, the natural, the carnal, and the spiritual – Which are you? Are you living in Egypt, the world and home of the natural man, or in the wilderness, the abode of the carnal? … Are you already through the wilderness, and dwelling in Canaan, the land of the spiritual?” 
  15. “And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women (Acts 5:14)- So not only was there Holy Ghost boldness and Holy Ghost power and Holy Ghost conviction, but also Holy Ghost conversions.” 
  16. “And they continued steadfastly (Acts 2:42) – That is to say, they did not backslide. The real reason there are so many backsliders is because there are so many who have never had a forward slide to Jesus Christ.” 
  17. “Power in Service – The carnal man can never be used in spiritual service. There is so much of the self life about him that God cannot gain control. The Spirit-filled life is necessary for fruitful Christian service.” 
  18. “Only those who spend much time in HIs presence will ever become like Him.” 
  19. “A divided heart can never bring complete satisfaction. The man of mingled interests will seldom make a success of anything. If he would succeed in business he must give the major portion of his time and the best of his thought to his business…. The very same is true of the man who would be used of God, only to a far greater degree. The work alone must claim his whole attention. He has no room for other things.” 
  20. “To be a Christian for ten year and to be no more like Jesus then than at the time of conversion, is a tragedy.” 
  21. “This, then is to be our vision. Not the duplicating of existing missionary agencies; rather we are to work in places still untouched. “Unoccupied areas,” “where Christ has not been named,” “the regions beyond,” “farther, still farther into the night,” “the neglected fields.” These are our watch- words, this our glorious mission”
  22. “The Bible distinguishes between “having” the Holy Spirit, which is true of all believers, and being “filled” with the Holy Spirit, which is true of very few.” 
  23. “It is even possible to be a martyr for the Faith and yet not love Jesus Christ.” 
  24. “Oh, my friends, we are loaded down with countless church activities, while the real work of the church, that of evangelizing the world and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected!”

Robert Moffat:

  1. “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 to these degraded, despised, yet beloved mortals.” 
  2. “We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them.” 
  3. “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.” 
  4. “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 it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity.”

Samuel Zwemer:

  1. “I feel now, that Arabia could easily be evangelized within the next thirty years if it were not for the wicked selfishness of Christians.” 
  2. “The history of missions is the history of answered prayer. It is the key to the whole mission problem. All human means are secondary.” 
  3. “Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens its muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the part of the faithful subjects. Christian character grows in the secret-place of prayer.” 
  4. “The printed page is a missionary that can go anywhere and do so at minimum cost. It enters closed lands and reaches all strata of society. It does not grow weary. It needs no furlough. It lives longer than any missionary. It never gets ill. It penetrates through the mind to the heart and conscience. It has and is producing results everywhere. It has often lain dormant yet retained its life and bloomed years later.” 
  5. “Our only concern should be to keep the fight [for souls] aggressive and to win victory regardless of cost or sacrifice.”
  6. “What is the result of our investigation of the Moslem idea of God? Is the statement of the Koran true, “Your God and our God is the same”? In as far as Moslems are monotheists and in as far as Allah has many of the attributes of Jehovah we cannot put Him with the false gods. But neither can there be any doubt that Mohammed’s conception of God is inadequate, incomplete, barren and grievously distorted. It is vastly inferior to the Christian idea of the Godhead and also inferior to the Old Testament idea of God.”
  7. “The unoccupied fields of the world must have their Calvary before they have their Pentecost.” 
  8. “The history of missions is the history of answered prayer. From Pentecost to the Haystack meeting in New England and from the days when Robert Morrison landed in China to the martyrdom of John and Betty Stam, prayer has been the source of power and the secret of spiritual triumph.” 
  9. “The great Pioneer Missionaries all had ‘inverted homesickness’ this passion to call that country their home which was most in need of the Gospel. In this passion all other passions died; before this vision all other visions faded; this call drowned all other voices. They were the pioneers of the Kingdom, the forelopers of God, eager to cross the border-marches and discover new lands or win new-empires” 
  10. “The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.” 

Wilfred Grenfell: 

  1. “Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men but from doing something worthwhile.”
  2. “The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not ‘to have and to hold’ but “to give and serve.”
  3. “The word of God is the Christian soul’s best weapon, and it is essential to have it with him always. In doubt it decides, in consultation it directs; in anxiety it reassures; in sorrow it comforts; in failure it encourages; in defense it protects; in offense it is mightier than the mighty.” 
  4. “I have found more inspiration in the cottages of fishermen than in the palaces of the rich.” 
  5. “Courage is always the surest wisdom.” 
  6. “The best definition of faith that I know is that it is reason grown courageous. Moreover, that is all that Christ ever asked us for, and the reason he asked us for that was because he wants to use us. He needs our help. It is almost impossible to believe it. But God Almighty wants our help, so Christ tells us.” 
  7. “No one can write their real religious life with pen or pencil. It is written only in actions, and its seal is our character, not our orthodoxy. Whether we, our neighbor, or God is the judge, absolutely the only value of our religious life to ourselves or to anyone is what it fits us for and enables us to do.” 
  8. “The privilege of prayer to me is one of the most cherished possessions, because faith and experience alike convince me that God himself sees and answers, and His answers I never venture to criticize. It is only my part to ask. If it were otherwise, I would not dare to pray at all.” 
  9. “I have always believed that the Good Samaritan went across the road to the wounded man just because he wanted to.” 
  10. “It is courage the world needs, not infallibility…courage is always the surest wisdom.” 
  11. “The knowledge of this marvelous period has made faith far easier from an intellectual standpoint, and has enabled us to be more patient in waiting to see the truth, not as now” 

William Carey:

  1. “I’m not afraid of failure; I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”
  2. “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.” 
  3. “It is the duty of those who are entrusted with the Gospel to endeavor to make it known among all nations.” 
  4. “I was once young and now I am old, but not once have I been witness to God’s failure to supply my need when first I had given for the furtherance of His work. He has never failed in His promise, so I cannot fail in my service to Him.” 
  5. “To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” 
  6. “Prayer – secret, fervent, believing prayer – lies at the root of all personal godliness.” 
  7. “I will venture to go… but remember that you must hold the ropes.” 
  8. To belong to Jesus is to embrace the nations with Him.
  9. “When I left England, my hope of India’s conversion was very strong; but amongst so many obstacles, it would die, unless upheld by God. Well, I have God, and His Word is true. Though the superstitions of the heathen were a thousand times stronger than they are, and the example of the Europeans a thousand times worse; though I were deserted by all and persecuted by all, yet my faith, fixed on the sure Word, would rise above all obstructions and overcome every trial. God’s cause will triumph.
  10. “Surely it is worthwhile to lay ourselves out with all our might in promoting the cause and kingdom of Christ.”
  11. “The most glorious works of grace that have ever took place, have been in answer to prayer.” 
  12. “There are grave difficulties on every hand, and more are looming ahead. Therefore, we must go forward.”
  13. “Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us? Can we not do more than now we are doing?” 
  14. “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.” 
  15. “If you want the Kingdom speeded, go out and speed it yourselves. Only obedience rationalizes prayer. Only Missions can redeem your intercessions from insincerity.” 
  16. “One of the first, and most important of those duties which are incumbent upon us, is fervent and united prayer.” 
  17. “A Christian minister is a person who in a peculiar sense is not his own; he is the servant of God, and therefore ought to be wholly devoted to Him.” 
  18. “Our Lord Jesus Christ, a little before his departure, commissioned his apostles to Go, and teach all nations; or, as another evangelist expresses it, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. This commission was as extensive as possible, and laid them under obligation to disperse themselves into every country of the habitable globe, and preach to all the inhabitants, without exception, or limitation. They accordingly went forth in obedience to the command, and the power of God evidently wrought with them.” 
  19. “The most glorious works of grace that have ever took place, have been in answer to prayer; and it is in this way, we have the greatest reason to suppose, that the glorious out-pouring of the Spirit, which we expect at last, will be bestowed.” 
  20. “We must not be contented however with praying, without exerting ourselves in the use of means for the obtaining of those things we pray for.” 
  21. “I went to India as a missionary to save England from spiritual collapse.” 


My name is Kason Bloom. I am a missionary to Ecuador, husband to my wonderful wife Bethany, and the proud father of my son Jaxon. On this blog, I would like to share with you some of the things that I am learning as a missionary, father, and Christian.
Kason Bloom

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