I was on Twitter the other day, and saw a post that led me to this very cool video about the needs around the world for missionaries. The video is from Tears of the Saints. I found it on a blog called Between Two Worlds by Justin Taylor. It starts out with a short clip from a sermon and then goes into a powerful music video. It has some really beautiful footage from India and around the world. Did you know that there are only 100,000 missionaries in the world?
by Melissa Chang |Missions Quotes, Missions Twitter, Should I Go?, Spiritual Issues
Here at MissionsLaunch we decided to ask all of those missionaries out there, who use Twitter, to give us their best advice or words of inspiration to those just starting out or thinking of starting out on the missions field. Here is what they had to say:
YWAM Missionary: billhutchison
Words for Missionaries – Don’t let others tell you that you are crazy to go into missions. God will provide in amazing ways.
Missionary to India/Pastor: stevehutto
Know that you have a very, very special calling and that God will move mountains to uses you! Also know that the hunger for God “out there” will sustain you through every circumstance
Wycliffe Missionary: woodwardmw
Time spent learning language and culture is vital. Also important to realise generally you’ll learn much more than you teach
Missionary to Peru: CharXime
The word I want to give to new missionaries is,”Remeber it is easier to change one person than it is to change thousands, so start with yourself, adjust to where you are.”
Missionary to Tanzania: mamaafrica
To those starting out on a mission field: People will let you down all over the world. God will not. Take time to listen.
E3Partners Organization: carolw70
Remember your calling! Satan will attack you in many ways to get you out of the field. Fight him w/ scripture and God’s call.
Christian Quote: lyka_m
“There are three indispensable requirements for a missionary: 1. Patience 2. Patience 3. Patience.” Hudson Taylor
1040 Window Proponent: Angelamz40
Take a Perspectives class b4 you go! www.Perspectives.org or @PerspectivesWCM
Missionary in Africa: christfollower
If I’d wanted to do something easy, I wouldn’t have answered the call to the mission field (found not sent in)
Christian Marketplace Proponent: money_ministry
“advice…those just starting out on the mission field” Study and understand fully God’s gift economy.
Missionary in Latin American: chrisleake
Be a learner of language, culture, and of what God’s doing and has already done *before* trying to do things.
Missionary in East Africa: missiondiary
that it Is God’s ministry and That they need to trust Him. And trust In God power. Acts 1:8
Former South American Missionary: simpleorange
“language learning” – a great excuse for frequent stops at corner markets/street vendors for pastries & other yummies
Missions is not about sending missionaries, but about sending the truth of God to a people (found not sent in)
Story4ALL Organization: bt4jc
Gen 12 says that Abraham followed not knowing where going; don’t expect ducks in a row! Won’t happen! Hear God about your choice of ministry, record the words and stand on them. At times that’s all that will keep you there. After the honeymoon and nightmare periods you will come out to meaningful effectiveness; stay the course! Make sure it is his word that guides you; not mammon (support raised). He who called you is faithful and will do it! NEVER let the need determine your investment! Your ability to invest daily is linked to intimacy with Jesus ONLY! Hudson Taylor said ‘God’s will done God’s way will never lack God’s supply’. It’s true!
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Here at MissionsLauch, we have decided to post what’s going on out there in the world of Twitter surrounding missions. You can find our new Missions Twitter Log each Friday. Also, if you do use Twitter, please follow us at @MissionsLaunch. Happy Friday!
paulbarksdale: Spurgeon said there are two types of Christians: Missionaries and fakes
vesselproject: “Never pity missionaries; revere them. They are where the real action is.”— Robert C. Shannon
shawnthornton: “We have shrunk Jesus 2 the size where He can save our soul but now don’t believe He can change the world.”-Unknown –
Rainwink007: On tombstone of missionaries buried in S America “When you came there was no light, when you left there was no darkness.”
drlorim: Thankful for all the missionaries and a little jealous.
billhutchison: If a nerd like me can be a missionary then there really are no excuses for others 2 not fulfill God’s plan for their life.
e3Partners: “If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small.” – Pat Morley
chriside: thinking about a missionary friend in Japan. Some people really amaze and inspire me.
themandyshow: My biggest dream is to travel to africa, feed the hungry, and tell them there is hope. I want to be a missionary so bad.
tiffany_d_smith: “God has taught us that He calls us not so much to a place as to Himself!” IMB missionary
margiemiguel: Pray that God will lead missionaries through the barriers to find hearts prepared to receive His Word.
BidenPC: @div_conspiracy I do too. How can we carry out the Great Commission if we never leave and don’t interact with those outside the “Garden”?
HannahAnderson: “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed” – Hudson Taylor
Photo by THE SHOW MUST GO ON
“As long as there are millions destitute of the Word of God and knowledge of Jesus Christ, it will be impossible for me to devote time and energy to those who have both.” — J. L. Ewen
“The command has been to ‘go,’ but we have stayed — in body, gifts, prayer and influence. He has asked us to be witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth … but 99% of Christians have kept puttering around in the homeland.” — Robert Savage, Latin American Mission
“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, missionary martyr
“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.” — John Stott
“Believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.” — K.P. Yohannan, founder of Gospel for Asia Bible Society
“Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ.” — Francis Xavier, missionary to India, the Philippines, and Japan
“The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.” — Mike Stachura
“The true greatness of any church in not how many it seats but how many it sends!” — Unknown
“‘Not called!’ did you say?
‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say.” — William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army
“It is not in our choice to spread the gospel or not. It is our death if we do not.” — Peter Taylor Forsyth
“If God’s love is for anybody anywhere, it’s for everybody everywhere.” — Edward Lawlor, Nazarene General Superintendent
“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
“People who don’t believe in missions have not read the New Testament. Right from the beginning Jesus said the field is the world. The early church took Him at His word and went East, West, North and South.” — J. Howard Edington
“In no other way can the believer become as fully involved with God’s work, especially the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer.” — Dick Eastman, president of Every Home for Christ (formerly World Literature Crusade)
“What’s your dream and to what corner of the missions world will it take you?” — Eleanor Roat, missions mobilizer
“We can reach our world, if we will. The greatest lack today is not people or funds. The greatest need is prayer.” — Wesley Duewel, head of OMS International
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“Love is the root of missions; sacrifice is the fruit of missions” — Roderick Davis
“Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love” — Roland Allen
“I have but one passion: It is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.” — Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
“If you take missions out of the Bible, you won’t have anything left but the covers” — Nina Gunter
“If the Church is ‘in Christ,’ she is involved in mission. Her whole existence then has a missionary character. Her conduct as well as her words will convince the unbelievers and put their ignorance and stupidity to silence.” — David Bosch
“Missions is not the ‘ministry of choice’ for a few hyperactive Christians in the church. Missions is the purpose of the church.” — Unknown
“The average pastor views his church as a local church with a missions program; while he ought to realize that if he is in fact pastoring a church, it is to be a global church with a missions purpose.” — Unknown
“Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work.” — A.B. Simpson
“The will of God — nothing less, nothing more, nothing else.” — F. E. Marsh (also attributed to Bobby Richardson)
“If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small.” — Pat Morley
“The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.” — Samuel Zwemer
“‘Go ye’ is as much a part of Christ’s Gospel as ‘Come unto Me.’ You are not even a Christian until you have honestly faced your responsibility in regard to the carrying of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.” — J. Stuart Holden
“A congregation that is not deeply and earnestly involved in the worldwide proclamation of the gospel does not understand the nature of salvation.” — Ted Engstrom, World Vision
“To stay here and disobey God — I can’t afford to take the consequence. I would rather go and obey God than to stay here and know that I disobeyed.” — Amanda Berry Smith
“I believe that in each generation God has called enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth. It is not God who does not call. It is man who will not respond!” — Isobel Kuhn, missionary to China and Thailand
“God is a God of missions. He wills missions. He commands missions. He demands missions. He made missions possible through His Son. He made missions actual in sending the Holy Spirit.” — George W. Peters
“The Church must send or the church will end.” — Mendell Taylor
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“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’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply” — Hudson Taylor
“God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him” — Hudson Taylor
“The Great Commission1 is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed” — Hudson Taylor
“If I had 1,000 lives, I’d give them all for China” — Hudson Taylor
“God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.” — Hudson Taylor, missionary to China
“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God” — William Carey, who is called the father of modern missions
“To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” — William Carey, pioneer missionary to India
“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” — Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose” — Jim Elliot, missionary martyr who lost his life in the late 1950’s trying to reach the Auca Indians of Ecuador
“We are debtors to every man to give him the gospel in the same measure in which we have received it” — P.F. Bresee, founder of the Church of the Nazarene
“In the vast plain to the north I have sometimes seen, in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been” — Robert Moffat, who inspired David Livingstone
“If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” — David Livingstone
“Sympathy is no substitute for action.” — David Livingstone, missionary to Africa
“Lost people matter to God, and so they must matter to us.” — Keith Wright
Photo by Hamed Saber
“The Bible is not the basis of missions; missions is the basis of the Bible” — Ralph Winter, U.S. Center for World Mission
“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
“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 [ more on Oswald Smith ]
“Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.” — Oswald J. Smith
“The mission of the church is missions” — Oswald J. Smith
“We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.” — Oswald J. Smith
“This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!” — Keith Green
“There is nothing in the world or the Church — except the church’s disobedience — to render the evangelization of the world in this generation an impossibility.” — Robert Speer, leader in Student Volunteer Movement
“If God calls you to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king” — Jordan Grooms (variations of this also credited to G. K. Chesterson, Thomas Carlyle and Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
“If you found a cure for cancer, wouldn’t it be inconceivable to hide it from the rest of mankind? How much more inconceivable to keep silent the cure from the eternal wages of death.” — Dave Davidson
“World missions was on God’s mind from the beginning.” — Dave Davidson
“In our lifetime, wouldn’t it be sad if we spent more time washing dishes or swatting flies or mowing the yard or watching television than praying for world missions?” — Dave Davidson
“Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart” — Bob Pierce, World Vision founder
“No reserves. No retreats. No regrets” — William Borden
“The reason some folks don’t believe in missions is that the brand of religion they have isn’t worth propagating.” — unknown
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.”
“Someone asked Will the heathen who have never heard the Gospel be saved? It is more a question with me whether we — who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not — can be saved.” — Charles Spurgeon
“The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time” — Carl F. H. Henry
“Our God of Grace often gives us a second chance, but there is no second chance to harvest a ripe crop.” — Kurt von Schleicher
“Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God.” –John Piper
“Go, send, or disobey.” — John Piper
“You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.” — Amy Carmichael, missionary to India
“Only as the church fulfills her missionary obligation does she justify her existence.” — Unknown