[Key Words: QUOTE(S)]
Today I’m going to be doing something a little bit different. Instead of a supposedly inspirational or thought-provoking post of my own words, I’m going to share a couple quotes from missionaries I either admire and respect.
Let’s dive into it!
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.Jim Elliot
Jim Elliot was a phenomenal missionary in South America. He was martyred while on mission to the Huaorani people of Ecuador in the mid 1900s. While some people say one thing and mean another, Elliot lived his words out.
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.Amy Carmichael
Amy Carmichael was a missionary who moved from Glasgow, England, to the heart of India, where she ministered to orphans and women. She often did the jobs of a servant, earning the reputation of “never asking another to do what she wouldn’t do herself”. She gave her life to the people she was called to, mimicking Christ’s selfless and unconditional love.
There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after.Adonirom Judson
A missionary to Burma (later known as Myanmar), Adonirom Judson was persecuted for sharing his faith with the nationals. He spent years in prison, missing the birth of his daughter, and the completion of the Bible’s translation. His wife, Ann, didn’t desert him in his time of need, but rather sacrificed with him- Often waiting hours outside the prison in the hopes to visit him.
Oh God, here’s my Bible, Here’s my money. Here’s me. Use me, God.Gladys Alyward
Oh, that we might have the same dedication and devotion as Gladys Alyward did when God called her to China. Her trust and faith in God, despite mountains that seemed to stand in her way are a lesson of perseverance for us. In her lifetime, she housed hundreds of orphans and ministered to countless nationals.
Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins. God’s love is still working. He comes in and takes the calamity and uses it victoriously, working out His wonderful plan of love.Eric Liddell
Eric Liddell never thought he would become a missionary to China. He was on his way to being a top Olympian, and even participated in the games once. When he heard God’s call to China though, he didn’t hesitate. He managed to touch lives in the foreign land, even up until his death in a Japanese prison.
These men and women dedicated their lives for something they believed. For Someone they believed in. Would you do the same?
As Christians, we’re called to go into all the world. It’s called the Great Commission.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.Matthew 28:19-20 [ESV]
What are you going to do about it?