Inspiring Words of Great Missionaries

William Carey’s words:

“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

After hearing an account of the spiritual needs of India, the secretary of the meeting remarked, “There is a gold mine in India, but it seems almost as deep as the center of the earth. Who will venture to explore it?”

Carey said, “I will venture to go down, but remember that you must hold the ropes.”

Shortly before his death, Carey said to a friend, “You have been saying much about Dr. Carey and his work. When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey’s Saviour.”

Adoniram Judson’s words:

“The prospects are bright as the promises of God.”

“I feel it is my duty to plod on, while daylight shall last…”

Shortly before his death, Judson said: “I am not tired of my work, neither am I tired of the world; yet, when Christ calls me home, I shall go with gladness…”

David Brainerd’s words:

“Here am I, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in Thy service, and to promote Thy kingdom.”

Robert Moffat’s words: Writing to his parents from London shortly before sailing for Africa, he said:

“Oh, that I had a thousand lives and a thousand bodies! All of them should be devoted to no other employment but to preach Christ … I have not repented in becoming a missionary, and, should I die in the march and never enter the field of battle, all would be well.”

While the Moffats were on their first furlough in England, David Livingstone asked Mr. Moffat whether he thought that he, perhaps, might also be used in the missionary work in Africa. Mr. Moffat replied:

“Yes, particularly if you will not go to an old station but will push on into unoccupied fields.” And then he added, “In the north I have seen in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been.”

C.T. Studd’s words:

“I cannot tell you what joy it gave me to bring the first soul to the Lord Jesus Christ. I have tasted almost all the pleasures that this world can give. I do not suppose there is one that I have not experienced, but I can tell you that those pleasures were as nothing compared to the joy that the saving of that one soul gave me.”