Missionary Quotes

Are you looking for a little “missions” inspiration?  Well, here you go.  Keep checking back.  We are constantly adding missionary quotes we come across in our reading.

Quotes can motivate and even serve as battle cries for mission movements.  A friend of mine uses a catchy phrase in Spanish, “No mas excusas!” (No more excuses!) and it has caught on to the point that there is an entire leadership training venue built around it.


    • “God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.” – D. L. Moody

    • “Fear God and work hard.” – David Livingstone

    • “The prospects are bright as the promises of God.” – Adoniram Judson

    • “People take your example far more seriously than they do your advice.” – Unknown

    • “No one is so poor, as the man that has nothing but money.” – Unknown

    • “We cannot avoid growing old, but we can avoid growing cold.” – Unknown

    • “World vision is getting on your heart what is on God’s heart- the world.”  – Dawson Trotman

    • ” Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”  – William Carey

    • “Expect great things from God, receive great things from God. Expect little from God, receive little from God.” – William Carey

    • “A leader must always be at the front; they don’t go with the flow, they make the flow.”- Austin Gardner

    • “Why do you need a voice when you have a verse?”  – Jim Elliot

    • “It’s not the number of people on my team, but how commited they are.”  – Austin Gardner

    • “There are no great men of God, only men of a great God.”  – Unknown

    • “The mission of the church is missions.”  – Lou Baldwin

    • “Set a man on fire and people will come to watch him burn.”  – Charles H. Spurgeon

    • “The decision you make in your life today will determine the future of someone.”  – Unknown

    • “Men who conquer go in for the attack.”  – C. H. Spurgeon

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

    • “May I burn up for thee, consune my life, my God, for it is thine. I seek not a long life, but a  full one like Yours, Lord Jesus.”- Jim Elliot

    • “Missionaries are very human folks… simply a branch of nobodies, trying to exalt Somebody.”- Jim Elliot

    • “Why should anyone hear the gospel twice before everyone has heard it once?”  – Oswald J. Smith

    • “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 gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.”  – Carl F. H. Henry

    • “Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is— where life and death, sin and grace, heaven and hell converge.”- Robert C. Shannon

    • “The great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” – Hudson Taylor

    • “The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities they are for God to do something.” – Clarence W. Jones

    • “I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than a land flooded with light.”  – John Keith Falconer

    • “And 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 you have a great missionary quote, please add it in the comments below so we can include it on this page!