I was deeply moved last night by our church's drama ministry (entitled First Acts) and its presentation in a readers' theatre format of “Bridge of Blood”--the story of Jim Elliott and his colleagues' efforts to evangelize the Aucas of Ecuador. I had first been exposed to the life of Jim Elliott back in seminary days and his famous quote, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose,” has challenged my life for the past 30 years or more. In that same vein, I thought I’d share a few other memorable quotes from missionaries and Christian statesmen on the subject of missions.
“Christ alone can save the world, but Christ cannot save the world alone” - David Livingstone.
“I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light” - John Keith Falconer.
“God isn't looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him” - Hudson Taylor.
“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell” - C.T. Studd.
“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God” - William Carey.
“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.
“No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not heard it once” - Oswald J. Smith.
“We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first” - Oswald J. Smith.
“The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity” - Mike Stachura.
When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.” To that, Calvert replied, “We died before we came here.”