Wisdom

     100 Quotes from World-Minded Christians of Renown

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”
-Mother Teresa (1910-97), Albanian-born Indian nun, founded “Missionaries of Charity,” Nobel Peace Prize recipient

“I have seen, at different times, the smoke of a thousand villages – villages whose people are without Christ, without God, and without hope in the world.”
– Robert Moffat (1795-1883) Scottish missionary who traveled to Africa at age 21 and stayed there 54 years leading thousands to Christ.

“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 (1914- ) Pastor/Missionary to Columbia and Ecuador from Wisconsin.

“While vast continents are shrouded in darkness…the burden of proof lies upon you to show that the circumstances in which God has placed you were meant by God to keep you out of the foreign mission field.” – Ion Keith-Falconer (1886-1963) The son of an English Earl who left wealth and position to be a light among people of Egypt.

“We are all pencils in the hand of God.” – Mother Teresa

Gladys Aylward

“I wasn’t God’s first choice for what I’ve done for China…I don’t know who it was…It must have been a man…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.” – Gladys Aylward (1903-1970) A maid who answered God’s call at a revival meeting and spent her life planting churches in China. A feature film based on her life was made in 1958 and stared Ingrid Bergman.

“Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your knees.” – J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) Missionary to China who recruited hundreds of missionaries and led over 100,000 Chinese to Christ.

“The man…looking at him with a smile that only half concealed his contempt, inquired, “Now Mr. Morrison do you really expect that you will make an impression on the idolatry of the Chinese Empire?” “No sir,” said Morrison, “but I expect that God will.” – Robert Morrison (1782-1834) Congregationalist minister who was the first Protestant missionary to China, and a pioneer in the task of translating the Scriptures into Chinese.

“Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house…let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” – Mother Teresa (1910-97), Albanian-born Indian nun, founded “Missionaries of Charity,” Nobel Peace Prize recipient .

“Here am I. Send me.” – Isaiah (740-680 B.C.) Prophet of God from ancient Israel and the author/subject of the Old Testament book of Isaiah.

“And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives…and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” – Nate Saint (1923-1956) Young Missionary who was speared to death with Jim Elliot and 3 others in Ecuador in 1956.

 

Leonard Ravenhill

 

“Jehovah Witnesses don’t believe in hell and neither do most Christians” – Leonard Ravenhill-English missionary, evangelist, and author.

“Had I cared for the comments of people, I should never have been a missionary.” – C.T. Studd (1860-1931) Pioneer missionary to central Africa for decades who after founding a large ministry died from dozens of tropical diseases in his body.

“Young man, sit down: when God pleases to convert the heathen, he will do it without your aid or mine.” – said to a young William Carey-William Carey (1761-1834) is considered the Father of Modern Missions- The first to go to India.

“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.” – Robert Moffat (1795-1883) Scottish missionary who traveled to Africa at age 21 and stayed there 54 years leading thousands to Christ.

“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.” – John Stott (1921- ) Founder and Honorary President of the London Institute for Christianity. He is the author of over 40 books. Contemporary evangelical preacher, scholar, and author.

Jim Elliot

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot

“We are all pencils in the hand of God.” – Mother Teresa (1910-97), Albanian-born Indian nun, founded “Missionaries of Charity,” Nobel Peace Prize recipient

“A tiny group of believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.” – K.P. Yohannan (1950- ) Contemporary founder and President of Gospel for Asia and champion of the movement toward indigenous missionaries.

“I have but one passion – it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.” -Count Zinzindorf (1700-1760) Moravian contemporary of the Wesleys who began protestant missions to the Caribbean in the 1700’s and a missionary to colonial Georgia.

“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” – J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) Missionary to China who recruited hundreds of missionaries and led over 100,000 Chinese to Christ.

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John the Baptist (0-30) Prophet of God and forebear and baptizer of Christ.

“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” – C.T. Studd (1860-1931) Pioneer missionary to central Africa for decades who after founding a large ministry died from dozens of tropical diseases in his body.

“The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner.” – William Cameron Townsend (1896-1982) Founder of Wycliff Bible Translators which has brought the Bible to tens of millions in their own language.

“Prepare for the worst, expect the best, and take what comes.” – Robert E. Speer Twentieth century missionary and church leader.

“The saddest thing one meets is a nominal Christian. I had not seen it in Japan where missions is younger. The church here is a “field full of wheat and tares.” – Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) Pioneer missionary to India, poet, hymnwriter and author. Her simple obedience continues to help change the world.

“I used to think that prayer should have the first place and teaching the second. I now feel it would be truer to give prayer the first, second and third places and teaching thefourth.” – James O. Fraser (1885-937) Linguist, preacher, engineer, musician, and twentieth century missionary to China who saved tens of thousands and carried the Gospel deep into the Chinese interior.

“It is just as proper, maybe even more so, to say Christ’s global cause has a Church as to say Christ’s Church has a global cause.” – David Bryant- Contemporary author and founder and President of Concerts of Prayer International and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee.

“If you are sick, fast and pray; if the language is hard to learn, fast and pray; if the people will not hear you, fast and pray, if you have nothing to eat, fast and pray.”Frederick Franson (? -1908) English aristocrat who left great wealth and prestige to take Jesus to the poor of Africa. Fournder of TEAM missions.

A. W. Tozer

“Let a man set his heart only on doing the will of God and he is instantly free. No one can hinder him.” – A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) He Pastored several Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) churches, authored more than forty books, and served as editor of Alliance Life, the monthly denominational publication for the CMA.

“What are we here for, to have a good time with Christians or to save sinners?” – Malla Moe (1863-1953) Missionay to South Africa.

“I tell you, brethren, if mercies and if judgments do not convert you, God has no other arrows in His quiver.” – Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843) Presbyterian pastor and missionary advocate to Palestine.

“It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you don’t worry about who gets the credit.” – Clarence W. Jones (1900-1986) Pioneer missionary radio broadcaster.

“Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.” – David Livingstone (1813-1873) He crisscrossed vast uncharted regions of Africa to open new frontiers and spread the message of the gospel to all who would listen becoming one of the most famous missionaries in history.

“The greatest tragedy to befall a person is to have sight but lack vision.” – Helen Keller

“From my many years experience I can unhesitatingly say that the cross bears those who bear the cross.” – Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-?) Important Indian national who was called to leave a renown career in ministry to take the Gospel to remote Tibet. In 1929 he ventured into the hidden kingdom of Tibet for Christ’s sake and was never heard from again. Only God knows the rest of his story.

“I pray that no missionary will ever be as lonely as I have been.” – Lottie Moon (1840-1912) Missionary in Tengchow and Pingtu, China, for nearly 40 years.

William Carey

“All my friends are but one, but He is all sufficient.” – William Carey- (1761-1834) He is considered the Father of Modern Missions- The first to go to India.

“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.” – C.T. Studd (1860-1931) Pioneer missionary to central Africa for decades who after founding a large ministry died from dozens of tropical diseases in his body.

“I have always believed that the Good Samaritan went across the road to the wounded man just because he wanted to.” – Wilfred Thomason Grenfell (1849-1906) English missionary and explorer to Africa.Labored for thirty-two years in Africa; the first three years in the Cameroons and the remaining years in the Congo.

“The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.” – Clarence W. Jones (1900-1986) Pioneer missionary radio broadcaster.

“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” – William Carey (1761-1834) He is considered the Father of Modern Missions- The first to go to India.

“God’s part is to put forth power; our part is to put forth faith.” Andrew A. Bonar (1810 -1892) One of many Scottish ministers used of God during the Kilsyth Revival of 1839-1840. The ministers most honored by Christ’s presence during this time of refreshing were W. C. Burns, Robert Murray McCheyne, Alexander Moody Stuart and Andrew Bonar. He became a renowned preacher and missionary.

“All the resources of the Godhead are at our disposal!” – Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936) Canadian missionary to China.

“The Indian is making an amazing discovery, namely that Christianity and Jesus are not the same – that they may have Jesus without the system that has been built up around Him in the West.” – E. Stanley Jones (1884-1972) Extraordinarily influential author, missionary, and evangelist. His work began in India and spread to every continent.

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” – Jesus

Keith Green

“All roads lead to the judgment seat of Christ.” Keith Green

“Christians don’t tell lies they just go to church and sing them” A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) He Pastored several Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) churches, authored more than forty books, and served as editor of Alliance Life, the monthly denominational publication for the CMA.

“I will lay my bones by the Ganges that India might know there is one who cares.” – Alexander Duff (1806-78) Scottish missionary in India. In Calcutta he opened (1830) a mission college which became an important center of education in India; both religious and scientific subjects were taught. Duff was also instrumental in founding the Univ. of Calcutta. In 1844 he helped to launch the Calcutta Review.

“Today Christians spend more money on dog food than missions” – Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994) Author, teacher, & revivalist associated with YWAM and Last Days Ministries.

“It will not do to say that you have no special call to go to China. With these facts before you and with the command of the Lord Jesus to go and preach the gospel to every creature, you need rather to ascertain whether you have a special call to stay at home.” – J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) Missionary to China who recruited hundreds of missionaries and led over 100,000 Chinese to Christ.

“We talk of the second coming, half the world has never heard of the first.” – Oswald J. Smith (1889-1986) Canadian pastor and evangelist, enthusiastic missions supporter, pastor, poet, hymn lyricist, and author. He pastored congregations in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto, but is best known as the founding pastor of The Peoples Church, a large congregation in greater Toronto.

“God cannot lead you on the basis of facts that you do not know.” – David Bryant- Contemporary author and founder and President of Concerts of Prayer International and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee.

“And thus I aspire to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named so that I would not build on another man’s foundation.” – Paul First century Apostle and missionary.

K. P. Yohannon

“Why do we insist on building the largest and most impressive structures in our city when people on the other side of town are hungry, jobless and worshiping in storefronts?” – K.P. Yohannan (1950- ) Contemporary founder and President of Gospel for Asia and champion of the movement toward indigenous missionaries.

“If every Christian is already considered a missionary, then all can stay put where they are, and nobody needs to get up and go anywhere to preach the gospel. But if our only concern is to witness where we are, how will people in unevangelized areas ever hear the gospel? The present uneven distribution of Christians and opportunities to hear the gospel of Christ will continue on unchanged.” – C. Gordon Olson- Contemporary author of the important book, What in the World is God Doing (The Essentials of Global Missions)

“Oh dear, I couldn’t say that my church is alive and I wouldn’t want to call it dead. I guess it’s just walking in its sleep!” – Church member

“When he landed in 1848 there were no Christians here; when he left in 1872 there were no heathen.” – said of John Geddie (1815-1872) Canadian missionary to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) who was known as “the father of Presbyterian missions in the South Seas.”

“At the moment I put the bread and wine into those dark hands, once stained with the blood of cannibalism, now stretched out to receive and partake the emblems and seals of the Redeemer’s love, I had a foretaste of the joy of glory that well nigh broke my heart to pieces. I shall never taste a deeper bliss, till I gaze on the glorified face of Jesus himself.” – John G. Paton (1824-1907) Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides. Before sailing there with his newly wed wife in 1858, he was a city missionary in Glasgow for ten years. Began work on Tanna, an island inhabited by savage cannibals; later worked on the island of Aniwa. He gave to the Aniwan people the first hymnbook in their own language and translated the New Testament into their language.

“Save others, snatching them out of the fire.” – Jude (5-90) Brother of Jesus of Nazareth, leader of the Jerusalem church, biblical author.

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

John Stott

“His authority on earth allows us to dare to go to all the nations. His authority in heaven gives us our only hope of success. And His presence with us leaves us no other choice.” – John Stott (1921- ) Founder and Honorary President of the London Institute for Christianity. He is the author of over 40 books. Contemporary evangelical preacher, scholar, and author.

“Today five out of six non-Christians in our world have no hope unless missionaries come to them and plant the church among them.” – David Bryant

“We who have Christ’s eternal life need to throw away our own lives.” – George Verwer (1944- ) Founder and President of Operation Mobilisation, the largest mission sending agency in the world.

“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.” – C.T. Studd (1761-1834) Pioneer missionary to central Africa for decades who after founding a large ministry died from dozens of tropical diseases in his body.

“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” – J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) Missionary to China who recruited hundreds of missionaries and led over 100,000 Chinese to Christ.

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

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

“Answering a student’s question, ‘Will the heathen who have not heard the Gospel be saved?’ thus, ‘It is more a question with me whether we who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not, can be saved.” – C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) Renown English pastor and author.

“There is something wonderfully misleading, full of hallucination and delusion in this business of missionary calls. With many of us it is not a missionary call at all that we are looking for; it is a shove. There are a great many of us who would never hear a call if it came.” – Robert Speer- Twentieth century missionary and church leader.

“I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.” – Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) Missionary to China who recruited hundreds of missionaries and led over 100,000 Chinese to Christ.

“I love to live on the brink of eternity.” – David Brainerd (1718-1747) Early American missionary to Native Americans who died at age of 29 in the home of his father-in-law (to be), Jonathan Edwards. His diaries influenced thousands to answer God’s call to the mission field, William Carey, Robt. McCheyne, and Henry Martin among the most notable.

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