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This post was written by Tee Akindele on July 30, 2010
Posted Under: ministry,Mission Watch

Mission quotes

“Reaching the unreached is a challenging task, but our primary problem is not the cultural, economic, logistical or political barriers we face. It is more simple: we lack sufficient manpower.” – Justin Long, “Where are We Going?” in Momentum Magazine, July/ August, 2006

“The biggest hindrance to the missionary task is self. Self that refuses to die. Self that refuses to sacrifice. Self that refuses to give. Self that refuses to go. I would add to this: self that refuses to go where few if any missionaries are serving.” – David Sherbrooke, in How new missionaries choose their country of service: do we need a change?

“The world will not be reached if no one serves long term… Believers typically undergo a revolution of mission-mindedness on their first mission trip[referring to short-term mission visits]; too often, however, when they want to know how they can further help, we tell them we are praying for funds for a new vehicle or building. Is this the best we can do? Did Jesus say, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send more checks in the mail?’ Such an approach may actually deter otherwise-willing people from long-term service on the field by convincing them the best thing they can do is go home, take more mission trips and send money. I am not saying buildings, vehicles or giving are wrong. Nor am I criticizing the vital role of the sender or of the other wonderful callings on the home front. Indeed, we need all of these. We just need to make sure we are challenging people to go where the gospel is unavailable. We need to remember that three missionaries for every one million Muslims cannot complete the Great Commission with any amount of money.” – Chris Leake, Global Frontier Missions, Oaxaca, Mexico

“It is our conviction that all theological study and reflection must lead to mission and action, otherwise it is futile abstraction. It is also our conviction that all mission activity must be based on a sound theological foundation, otherwise it is mere pragmatism. It is at the very frontiers of mission that both theological reflection and activity must be forged to create an effective tool for breaking new ground for the kingdom. Thus, Lausanne is committed to bringing together both thinkers and doers.” – Doug Birdsall, Lausanne World Pulse

“A biblically illiterate young generation today is an inevitable forerunner of an increasingly secular society tomorrow.” – Colin Reed, Chief executive of the Bible Society in New Zealand

“There is a small area of the world that extends from ten degrees to forty degrees north of the equator and stretches from North Africa to China, two-thirds of the world’s population (nearly four billion people) live inside this rectangular-shaped band. Here you will find the largest population of non-Christians and ninety percent of the world’s poorest people. This area is known as the 10/40 Window… Unfortunately, many Christians are not eager to go to this part of the world. Only three percent of missionaries are serving among unreached peoples; the other ninety-seven percent remain in areas where the gospel is readily accessible.” – Bethany Newman

“More Christians have been martyred for their faith in this century alone than in the previous nineteen centuries combined.” – Chuck Colson

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