Great Quotes

“Pastoral and leadership training here in America is like opening another restaurant – there’s one on virtually every corner. On the other hand, pastoral and leadership training throughout the developing world is like opening a lone food bank in the midst of starving people!” - John Piper


“Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” - John Piper


“God intends for us to read His Word as one book, with one introduction, one story, and one conclusion. The heart of the story is God’s desire to bless us that we might be a blessing to every distinct ethnic group on the earth, all in order to bring our Father the greatest glory humankind could give Him. This basic concept is the foundation of all we do as believers.”

- Bob Sjogren and Bill & Amy Stearns (Run With The Vision: A Remarkable Global Plan for the 21st Century Church)


“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 of my heart is to make known my glorious Redeemer to those who have never heard.” – William Burns


“C.S. Lewis said that we have the tendency to think and to feel but not to act. If we go on feeling and thinking but not acting, then one day we will be unable to act. Are you waiting for some kind of call before you move out to find your strategic niche in God’s global plan? Wait no more. We as God’s people have been very clearly commanded, commissioned, called. We are to align our lives with the objective of making followers/learners of every people, including our own. In Old Testament parlance, we’re to bless every people group, gracing them with the privilege of joining God’s family through redemption in Jesus Christ.”

- George Verwer (Out Of The Comfort Zone: A Transforming Vision For Transforming Global Missions)


“Tetsunao Yamamori, in Penetrating Missions’ Final Frontier, says, ‘From the stories of others who have become involved in missions work, we learn that the initial inner urgings often seem very subtle, hard to discern. In fact, for most of us, the message really doesn’t become clear until we act. It is the process of taking action in response to the Holy Spirit’s urging that often provides the real clarity. Without responding, you’ll probably never know.'” – John Stott


“John Piper, in his wonderful book Let the Nations Be Glad, at the end of the chapter in which he closely argues from the Bible for the supremacy of Christ as the conscious focus of all saving faith, says, ‘So I affirm again that the contemporary abandonment of the universal necessity of hearing the gospel for salvation does indeed cut a nerve in missionary motivation. I say “a nerve” rather than “the nerve” because I agree that the universal lostness of man is not the only focus for missionary motivation. Arching over it is the great goal of bringing glory to Christ.'” – John Stott


“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.” – John Stott


“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” – William Carey


“The history of missions is the history of answered prayer. From Pentecost to the Haystack meeting in New England and from the days when Robert Morrison landed in China to the martyrdom of John and Betty Stam, prayer has been the source of power and the secret of spiritual triumph.” – Samuel Zwemer


“God does not have to come and tell me what I must do for Him, He brings me into a relationship with Himself where I hear His call and understand what He wants me to do, and I do it out of sheer love to Him… When people say they have had a call to foreign service, or to any particular sphere of work, they mean that their relationship to God has enabled them to realize what they can do for God.” – Oswald Chambers


“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.” – J. Hudson Taylor


“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