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Missionary Quotes and Anecdotes

Compiled by Calvin George

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

Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell. – C.T. Studd

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

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. – J. Hudson Taylor.

Cannot the love of Christ carry the missionary where the slave trade carries the trader? – David Livingston

Among many who sought to deter me, was one dear old Christian gentleman, whose crowning argument always was, “The cannibals! you will be eaten by cannibals!” At last I replied, “Mr. Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honouring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by cannibals or by worms.” – John Paton

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

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

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. – Gladys Aylward

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

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. – N. L. Zinzendorf

I had utterly abandoned myself to Him. Could any choice be as wonderful as His will? Could any place be safer than the center of His will? Did not he assure me by His very presence that His thoughts toward us are good, and not evil? Death to my own plans and desires was almost deliriously delightful. Everything was laid at His nail-scarred feet, life or death, health or illness, appreciation by others or misunderstanding, success or failure as measured by human standards. Only He himself mattered. – V. Raymond Edman

I will open Africa to the gospel or die trying. – Rowland Bingham

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

We did not come to China because missionary work here was either safe or easy, but because He has called us. We did not enter upon our present positions under a guarantee of human protection, but relying on the promise of His presence. The accidents of ease or difficulty, of apparent safety or danger, of man’s approval or disapproval, in no wise affect our duty. Should circumstances arise involving us in what may seem special danger, we shall have grace, I trust, to manifest the depth and reality of our confidence in Him, and by faithfulness to our charge to prove that we are followers of the Good Shepherd who did not flee for death itself… – J. Hudson Taylor

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 – Adoniram Judson

No people ever rise higher, as a people, than the point to which they elevate their women. – Isabella Thoburn

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, “I would…but ye would not.” – Isobel Kuhn

At the moment when I put the bread and the cup into those dark hands, once stained with the blood of cannibalism, but 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 Paton

Here I am, Lord, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort in earth, or earthly comfort: send me to death itself, if it be but in Thy service and to promote Thy kingdom. – Frances Xavier

I cared not where or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls to Christ. – David Brainerd

Lord, here in your precious Word I give myself, my husband, my children, and all that I have or ever shall posses, all to you. I will follow your will, even to China. Lord, open doors, and I will go and tell the Chinese of your great love. In time of need, supply for us; in time of sorrow, give us peace; in times of joy, send someone to share. Help me to never murmur nor complain. I love you Lord Jesus. – Tanna Collins

* Notice: This note comes from a page in Mrs. Collins’ Bible that was found at the scene of the airline crash in Tibet in which the entire family perished in 1994.


1. If I refuse to give anything to missions this year, I practically cast a ballot in favor of the recall of every missionary.

2. If I give less than heretofore, I favor reduction of the missionary forces proportionate to my reduced contribution.

3. If I give the same as formerly, I favor holding the ground already won; but I oppose any forward movement. My song is “Hold the Fort,”

forgetting that the Lord never intended His army to take refuge in a fort. All His soldiers are commanded to “Go.”

4. If I increase my offering beyond former years, then I favor an advance movement in the conquest of new territory for Christ.


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