A well-turned phrase can condense profound truth into a memorable statement. For this reason, I like quotes in general.

Some of my favorite quotes, however, are statements from missionaries of yester-year who are still remembered for their dedication and surrender to the Lord. In fact, it is their testimony that makes their quotes so weighty. They didn’t just talk about surrender, sacrifice, and eternal investments; they lived it.

Below are fifteen of my favorite missionary quotes. They are convicting, helpful, and encouraging to me. I hope they are to you as well. (And if you’ve never read the biographies of these missionaries, I’d encourage you to do so.)

I care not where I go, or how I live, or what I endure so that I may save souls.—David Brainerd

Satan is so much more in earnest than we are—he buys up the opportunity while we are wondering how much it will cost.—Amy Carmichael

You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.— Amy Carmichael

Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.—William Carey

To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.”—William Carey

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

All the resources of the Godhead are at our disposal!—Jonathan Goforth

The prospects are bright as the promises of God.—Adoniram Judson

Sympathy is no substitute for action.—David Livingstone

God had an only son and he was a missionary.—David Livingstone

If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?—David Livingstone

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

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

The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.—Hudson Taylor

God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him— Hudson Taylor

We are in the middle of our annual missions conference at Lancaster Baptist Church this week. Please pray for our conference, and tune in via live stream Monday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 27 if you are able. The services both evenings begin at 7:00 p.m.

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