Inspiring Mission Quotes

Samuel Zwemer

  • “The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.”
  • “One might suppose that the church thought the Great Commission did not apply to Muslims.”

Hudson Taylor

  • “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.
  • “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply”
  • “God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him”
  • “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed”
  • “If I had 1,000 lives, I’d give them all for China”
  • “God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.”
  • “Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.”

Henry Martyn

  • “The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.”
  • “Now let me burn out for God.”

David Livingstone

  • “If a commission by an earthly King is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?”
  • “Sympathy is no substitute for action.”
  • “Anywhere, provided it be forward – farther still into the night.”
  • “God had only one son and He made Him a missionary.”
  • “Nothing earthly will make me give up in despair.”
  • “Fear God and work hard.”
  • “Death alone will put a stop to my effort.”
  • “Christ alone can save the world, but Christ cannot save the world alone.”

Larry Moyer

  • “Is it possible to get close to the Maser’s heart without getting close to the Master’s mission?”

Warren Chastain

  • “Look at the heathen without Christ and you will find an altar …and may God help you to be the sacrifice.”

Leonard Ravenhill

  • “Is what you’re living for worth Christ dying for?”

Andrew Bonar

  • “God’s part is to put forth power; our part is to put forth faith.”

David Mays

  • “God cannot bless your ignorance, no matter how much you dedicate it”.

C. T. Studd

  • “Some wish to live within the sound of the chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.”
  • “I must go. If Jesus Christ be God and died for me,Then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.”
  • “Soldiers of Jesus! Never surrender! Nail the colours to the mast!”
  • “… that deliberately, at the call of God, when alone on the Bibbly Liner in 1910, gave up my life for His work, which has henceforth, not for the Sudan only, but for the whole unevangelized world. My only joys therefore are that when God has given me a work to do, I have not refused it.”
  • “For five years we never went outside our doors without a volley of curses from our neighbors”.
  • “Forward ever; backward never!”

John Wesley

  • “You have one business on earth – to save souls.”
  • “The world is my parish.” 

Andrew Murray

  • “We have a God who delights in impossibilities”.
  • “There are no closed doors to the Gospel- provided that once you get inside you don’t care if you come out.”

Adoniram Judson

  • “The prospects are as bright as the promises of God.”
  • “Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ.”

William Carey

  • “Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God” 
  • “To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.”
  • “I feel my duty is to plod on while daylight last.” 

Robert Moffat

  • “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” 

William Burns

  • “I am ready to burn out for God. I am ready to endure any hardship, if by any means I might save some. The longing in my heart is to make known my glorious Redeemer to those who have never heard.” 

Mendell Taylor

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

Oswald J. Smith

  • “No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once.” 
  • “Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.” 
  • “The mission of the church is missions”
  • “We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.” 
  • “You must go or send a substitute”. 
  • “The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.” 
  • “If God wills the evangelization of the world, and you refuse ti support missions, then you opposed the will of God” 

Roderick Davis

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

John Stott

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

Keith Green

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

John Keith Falconer

  • “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.” 

Jim Elliot

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

William Carey

  • “There is a gold mine in India, but it seems almost as the center of the earth. Who will adventure to explore it? I will adventure to go down, but remember that you must hold the ropes.”
  • “All my friends are but one, but He is all sufficient.” 
  • “Expect great things from God, Attempt great things for God.” 

Eleanor Roat

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

Fred Donnelson

  • “The right arm of every church should be missions.” 
  • The light that shines the furthest, shines the brightest at home.” 

Marshal Foch

  • “Battles are won by teaching soldiers how to die, not how to avoid dying.” 

Mark McCoy

  • Talk to God about your neighbors, talk to your neighbors about God. 

Carl F. Henry

  • “The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time” 

Rowland Bingham

  • “I will open Africa to the Gospel or die trying.” 

Clifford Clark

  • “God doesn’t make great leaders, He makes great servants who become great leaders.”
  • There is always room for one more servant. 
  • For God so loved the world that He left us here. 
  • The torch is being passed to you are you ready?
  • God wants us to move from budget giving to grace giving.
  • God has given us a slice of time to make a eternal difference. 
  • “The worst crime of the desert is not felted but knowing where the water is and not telling.” 
  • “There is a dead-line for reaching the lost.”
  • “If you have to prove your faith you have a inferior faith.”
  • “Who wants to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ? What is your final answer?” 
  • “If you knew Christ was coming tomorrow how would it affect your mission giving today?”
  • He who loves to give is happier than he who loves to get. 

Bob Hughes

  • “Why wait for a call, when you have a command?”

Mike Stachura

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


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

F. E. Marsh

  • “The will of God – nothing less, nothing more, nothing else.”

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  • Faith is based on facts that project us beyond the limitations of feelings. 
  • A missionary is not one who crosses the seas; but one who sees the cross.
  • “The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet.” 
  • “Here is a test to find out whether your mission on earth is finished; if you are alive, it isn’t.”
  • “We have eternity to tell of victories won for Christ, but we have only a few hours before sunset to win them.” 
  • You are either a missionary or a mission field.