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

— Hudson Taylor

“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.”

— Hudson Taylor

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

— William Carey

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

— Henry Martyn

“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

— Jim Elliot, missionary martyr who lost his life in the late 1950’s trying to reach the Auca Indians of Ecuador

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

— Robert Moffat

“Lost people matter to God, and so they must matter to us.”

— Keith Wright

“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

“This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!”

— Keith Green

“There is nothing in the world or the Church — except the church’s disobedience — to render the evangelization of the world in this generation an impossibility.”

— Robert Speer

“World missions was on God’s mind from the beginning.”

— Dave Davidson

“Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart.”

— Bob Pierce

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

— Hudson Taylor, missionary to China

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

— Kurt von Schleicher

“You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.”

— Amy Carmichael, missionary to India

“The mission of the church is missions”

— Unknown

“The command has been to ‘go,’ but we have stayed — in body, gifts, prayer and influence. He has asked us to be witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth … but 99% of Christians have kept puttering around in the homeland.”

— Robert Savage, Latin American Mission

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

— Nate Saint, missionary martyr who lost his life in the late 1950’s trying to reach the Auca Indians of Ecuador

“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.”

— John Stott

“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, founder of Gospel for Asia Bible Society

“We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.”

— Oswald J. Smith

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

— Mike Stachura

“‘Not called!’ did you say? Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.”

— William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army

“It is not in our choice to spread the gospel or not. It is our death if we do not.”

— Peter Taylor Forsyth

“If God’s love is for anybody anywhere, it’s for everybody everywhere.”

— Edward Lawlor

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

— Robert C. Shannon

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

— J. Howard Edington

“What’s your dream and to what corner of the missions world will it take you?”

— Eleanor Roat, missions mobilizer

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

— Wesley Duewel

“Love is the root of missions; sacrifice is the fruit of missions.”

— Roderick Davis

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

— Roland Allen

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

— Dave Davidson

“Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the Gospel of Christ.”

— Francis Xavier, missionary to India, the Philippines, and Japan

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

— Mike Stachura

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

— David Livingston

“God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.”

— John Piper

“Go, send, or disobey.”

— John Piper

“If you take missions out of the Bible, you won’t have anything left but the covers.”

— Nina Gunter

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

— David Bosch

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

— Unknown

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

— Pat Morley

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

— Arthur T. Pierson

“‘Go ye’ is as much a part of Christ’s Gospel as ‘Come unto Me.’ You are not even a Christian until you have honestly faced your responsibility in regard to the carrying of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.”

— J. Stuart Holden

“A congregation that is not deeply and earnestly involved in the worldwide proclamation of the gospel does not understand the nature of salvation.”

— Ted Engstrom, World Vision

“To stay here and disobey God — I can’t afford to take the consequence. I would rather go and obey God than to stay here and know that I disobeyed.”

— Amanda Berry Smith

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

— Isobel Kuhn, missionary to China and Thailand

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

— George W. Peters

“The Church must send or the church will end.”

— Mendell Taylor

“Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; Heaven so real that we must have men there.”

— Hudson Taylor

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

— Charles Spurgeon

“No one will be able to rise to the magnificence of the missionary cause who does not feel the magnificence of Christ. There will be no big world vision without a big God. There will be no passion to draw others into our worship where there is no passion for worship.”

– John Piper

“There is not an inch of any sphere of life over which Jesus Christ does not say, ‘Mine.’”

– Os Guiness (quoting Abraham Kuyper)

“Missions is not a recruitment project for God’s labor force. It is a liberation project from the heavy burdens and hard yokes of other gods.”

– John Piper

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

– David Penman

“And Jonah stalked to his shaded seat and waited for God to come around to his way of thinking. And God is still waiting for a host of Jonahs in their comfortable houses to come around to His way of loving.”

– Thomas Carlisle

“The first work of the whole Church is to give the Gospel to the whole world.”

– Unknown

“Never think that Jesus commanded a trifle, and do not dare to trifle with anything He has commanded.”

– Dwight L. Moody

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

– James O. Fraser (Missionary to China and Burma)

“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.”

— Fredrik Franson (Missions Mobilizer)

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