"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what
he cannot lose."
"So many missionaries, intent on doing something, forget that His main
work is to make something of them..."
"True religion is like the smallpox. If you get it, you give it to
others and it spreads."
"Had I cared for the comments of the people, I should never have become
"Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell; I want to
run a Rescue Shop within a yard of hell."
"A good thing to have up your sleeve is a sanctified funny-bone."
"How little chance the Holy Ghost has nowadays. The churches and
mission societies have so bound Him in red tape that they practically ask Him to
sit in a corner while they do the work themselves."
"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."
"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 ... but those pleasures were as nothing compared to the joy that the saving
of that one soul gave me."
"My only joys therefore are that when God has given me a work to do, I
have not refused it."
"I can plod; I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe
"Those who would be employed in propagating the Gospel should be
familiar with the doctrines he is to combat and the doctrines he is to teach,
and acquire a complete knowledge both of the Sacred Scriptures and of these
philosophical and mythological dogmas which form the souls of the Buddhist and
"I am very defective in all duties... In prayer I wander and am
formal... I soon tire; devotion languishes; and I do not walk with God."
"There are grave difficulties on every hand, and more are looming ahead
- therefore we must go forward."
"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God."
"... 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."
"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, 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."
"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!"
"When you think of the woman's power, you forget the power
of the woman's God. I shall go on."
"In Christ, we become new creatures. His life becomes ours.
Take that word 'life' and turn it over and over and press it and try to measure
it, and see what it will yield. Eternal life is a magnificent idea which
comprises everything the heart can yearn after. Do not your hearts yearn for
this life, this blessed and eternal life, which the Son of God so freely
"Brother, if you would enter that Province, you must go forward on your
"Unless you intend your wife to be a true missionary, not merely a wife,
home-maker, and friend, do not join us."
"Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at
"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."
"I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help
Him. I ended up by asking Him to do his work through me."
"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
"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."
"There is the constant invisible warfare that has to be waged against
the powers of darkness... It is fashionable in the Western world to relegate
belief in demons and devils to the realm of mythology, and when mentioned at all
it is a matter of jest. But it is no jest in West Africa or any other mission
field for that matter."
"I will open Africa to the Gospel or die trying."
"What are we here for - to have a good time with the Christians or to
"There are many phases to a missionary's life. The least of these is to
preach, so you don't have to look for those who are especially gifted or learned
to become missionaries. Kindness is the big thing."
"Permit us to labor on in obscurity, and at the end of twenty years you
may hear from us again."
"We prefer one room in Rangoon to six in Boston. We feel that we are
"An individual gospel without a social gospel is a soul without a body,
and a social gospel without an individual gospel is a body without a soul.
One is a ghost and the other is a corpse."
"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."
"The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no
furlough and is never considered a foreigner."
"Proclaim the Word more and argue about it less."
"I love to live on the brink of eternity."- David
"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
"I confess to you that if I can but live and die serving and honoring
the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether my body is eaten by
cannibals or by worms." - John
"Have we forgotten that there is a Holy Ghost, that we must insist upon
walking on crutches when we might fly?" - A.B.
"I am a missionary, heart and soul. God had an only Son, and He was a
missionary and a physician. A poor, poor imitation of Him I am, or wish to
be. In this service I hope to live; in it I wish to die." - David
"The sense of being led by an unseen hand which takes mine, while
another hand reaches ahead and prepares the way, grows upon me daily." - Frank
"Everything was ordered by our gracious God, to bring us to
the shores of China in the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel of CHRIST;
just seeing that all we have to do is to recognize that we are nothing, CHRIST
is all, and trusting in Him to enter into the rest that remains for the people
of GOD - the rest of faith. For surely God is strong enough to fight our
battles. And surely GOD is rich enough to supply our needs. And surely GOD is
wise enough to teach us and direct our paths." - Stanley
Smith (and others)
"For us in the Pacific, in Asia, in India, and in Africa,
Christian unity is not an optional extra. It is an urgent necessity, for our
divisions are a real stumbling-block to the proclamation of the Gospel...
Mission is at the heart of the divine reality. It is the will of God and the
Kingdom of God which are to be made known. Wherever we are, our purpose is not
to propagate the Church as an end in itself, but to proclaim Christ as Lord of
all life and as Saviour of all men..." - John C. Vockler
"We must be global Christians with a global vision because
our God is a global God." - John Stott
"Its exhilarating to have a new adventure every day. And when I go
to church or to a store, and find here and there a word I can really understand,
I feel like shouting." - Monono Cheney
"Americans suffer from mono-lingual myopia - a disease of the tongue
that affects the vision." - Tom Brewster
"Today Christians spend more money on dog food then missions." -
"It is a tragedy when a man has no invisible means of support." -
"Added to the difficulty of learning to speak the language was the
greater difficulty of finding terms to express the ideas which the missionary
had come to convey... in many languages the most precious truths of Christianity
had to force their way by bending stubborn words to new ideas, and filling old
terms with new content." - Helen Barrett Montgomery
"We must be willing to begin with positive teaching, not with negative
prohibitions, and be content to wait and to watch whilst the native Christians
slowly recreate their own customs as the Spirit of Christ gradually teaches
them..." - Roland Allen
"Prepare for the worst; expect the best, and take what comes." -
Robert E. Speer
"Our hearts are breaking. All our Christians are dispersed.
We are lonely and deserted, sad and sick." - Alexander Mackay
"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; and if you have
nothing to eat, fast and pray." - Frederik Franson
"We talk of the second coming; half the world has never heard of the
Oswald J. Smith
"Good spiritual logistics demand that we use every means available to us
today to reach a lost world that desperately needs Christ." - Clarence W.
"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions
exists because worship doesn't." - John Piper
"The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending
capacity." - Mike Stachura
"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." -
"I pray that no missionary will ever be as lonely as I have been."
- Lottie Moon
"I yesterday received your very welcome letter. It is but
the second that I have received, after having written at least two
hundred." - Robert Morrison
"I hope you will be a missionary wherever your lot is cast ... it makes
but little difference after all where we spend these few fleeting years, if they
are only spent for the glory of God. Be assured there is nothing else worth
living for." - Elizabeth Freeman