Quotes on Missions

Quotes on Missions

For those praying through Operation World, we were blessed a few days ago with a series of quotes on missions (check out some awesome quotes on prayer from the book here). May these powerful quotes encourage you in your prayers for the nations.

The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.
Samuel Zwemer

If Jesus be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.
C.T. Studd

The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of Missions, and the nearer we get to Him the more intensely missionary we must become.
Henry Martyn

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
Jim Eliot

All God’s giants are weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned that God was with them.
Hudson Taylor

If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honour, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
David Livingstone

If God has called you to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king.
Jordan Groom

As long as there are millions destitute of theWord 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 Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.
Hudson Taylor

The weakness of much current mission work is that we betray the sense that what is yet to be done is greater than what Christ has already done.The world’s gravest need is less than Christ’s great victory.
P.T. Forsyth

Expect great things from God.Attempt great things for God.
William Carey

Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.Then, the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle.
Bishop Phillips Brooks

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 Nikolaus Ludwig Von Zinzendorf


The Most Pressing Need of the Global Church Today?

While praying through Operation World, I could not help but notice a need that always seems to come up no matter the country: Leadership Training.

There is a pressing need for the development and training of leaders and when you consider the many people who may depend on ill-equipped leaders for spiritual guidance, that does not bode well for the Global Church. In Operation World’s section on “the World”, one finds this:

Leadership development is the crucial bottleneck to Church growth. There is a worldwide lack of men and women truly called of God and deeply taught in the Scriptures to lead the churches, people willing to suffer the burdens and responsibilities of leadership for the sake of the Saviour who redeemed them; in many contexts this means deprivation, scorn and even risk of death. Those who accurately and effectively expound the Scriptures are few, especially in areas where the churches are growing rapidly. New methods and
means of multiplying well-trained, godly, effective leaders must be developed; traditional methods alone will not suffice to produce the number and quality required to meet the need. Ministers who are seminary graduates are often the least likely to have a biblical worldview. Pastors, ministers and elders all need constant upholding in prayer. -Operation World, pg. 17

This may be surprising to some. After all, were not Jesus’ disciples “uneducated” and “untrained” men? (Acts 4:13) Indeed they were, but that testifies to the fact that formal training is not a prerequisite for following Jesus, not that it is not needed when following Jesus.

If anything, the disciples had each other to consult and keep accountable in their teachings. Furthermore, the book of Acts speaks of a Jerusalem Council that determined theological issues, thus providing instruction and guidance to the early Church (Acts 15).

One need only to look at today’s nation to pray for, China, to see the need for leadership training. For all the excitement about the explosive growth of the Church in China, one needs to look closer to see that cults aggressively prey on unsuspecting people who are confused about the truth because of this lack of trained leaders (Operation World, pg 222).

Our response? Target this need of leadership training when exploring any missionary endeavors. But more urgently, pray, for “pastors, ministers and elders all need constant upholding in prayer.” (Operation World, pg. 17)

Leaving on a Jet Plane to … Haiti

From February 24-29, I along with join Frank Murakami and Allen Yee will visit Hopital Bon Samaritain (HBS) in Limbe, Haiti, a hospital Evergreen members Bill and Joanna Hodges started serving at over 50 years ago. (It started as a Christian outpatient clinic in 1953 and grew under the direction of Bill Hodges.)

Please pray:

  • that we would be able to bless Joanna for the amazing legacy of ministry she and her husband helped establish
  • that we would encourage the workers in their ministry
  • that we would be able to see what God is doing there
  • that we would be able to discern what God may be calling Evergreen SGV to do there

I will attempt to post updates via twitter.

How to Stay Up to Date with World News

Staying up to date with what is happening around the world takes a lot of work. It is nonetheless vital to keeping everything happening around the world in prayer. Here are some ways that I’ve found helpful:

Subscribing to a world news RSS feed such as BBC World News. This ensures you stay informed of world news as it happens.

Subscribing to a weekly world news journal like The Economist (Expensive but worth it!). Here you will get healthy views about world events and how it impacts everyday individuals. (The Economist provides good opinions on the state of America from a perspective outside of America.)

Daily Devotionally
Praying through a world prayer guide like Operation World (No subscription needed!). This ensures you are aware of and praying for countries and areas that you otherwise would not have known existed. It should be a regular part of our time with the Lord if we so desire to see His Kingdom come for all peoples to the ends of the earth.

Praying Through the New Year

From Operation World:

“What is God’s will for your life? In the coming year, are you willing to do whatever He commands regarding the needs of the world? Is it possible God is calling you to a specific ministry in praying, supporting or going to the ends of the earth for your Master?” –Operation World, pg.978

A reminder to consider praying for the world this year through Operation World (ebook edition). I recommend this to anybody who desires to share God’s heart for the nations and continue to believe that this is the best way to get involved with world missions. The research is phenomenal and the prayer points are practical.

Will you take up the challenge to pray for the world this year?

*An updated link to the country to pray for each day will be at the top of this blog.

Another tough nut to crack -Thailand

One can argue that Thailand is a harder nut to crack than Japan when it comes to kingdom growth. Operation World reports the percentage of Christians in Thailand is 1.1% compared to Japan’s 1.54% and also notes:

Church growth has been less than spectacular. After four centuries of Catholic work and nearly 200 years of Protestant work, Thai Christians hover around 1% of the population. Catholicism’s percentage has increased little in 50 years. Protestant growth has been very modest despite many missionaries and programmes. –Operation World, pg. 814

For all the mission organizations that set up base in Thailand, it’s baffling why the number of Christians is so low. But when one looks at the many spiritual strongholds that dominate the country such as sex trafficking, drugs, idol worship and corruption, it’s clear that Thailand needs a lot of prayer for spiritual breakthrough to occur and God’s Kingdom to spread.

Will you pray for Thailand?