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Inspiring Quotes for the Mission-Minded

Tennille Shin

Living in a Pinterest-Twitter-Facebook world we come across many inspirational (and not-so-inspirational) quotes on a daily basis on a variety of subjects. Whether they are self-help adages, goofy one-liners, Biblical passages, or exercise motivators, there seems to be no short supply of these drive-by maxims.

Well today, for the Mission Tuesdays post, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite quotes to get you inspired for missions, locally and globally. Perhaps one of these will become your personal mission statement as you seek ‘fitness for witness.’

The widow, the orphan, the sick, and the dying will always need help. Here is an opportunity to proclaim the gospel–to hold up Jesus, the hope and consolation of all men. -Ellen White, Medical Missionary, January, 1891

People say “What is the sense of our small effort?” They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. -Dorothy Day

Sometimes I want to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I’m afraid He might just ask me the same question. -Unknown

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. -Mother Teresa

Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ -Isaiah 58:6-9

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. -Nelson Mandela

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go. -Mother Teresa

Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. -Proverbs 31:9

While the world needs sympathy, while it needs the prayers and assistance of God’s people, while it needs to see Christ in the lives of His followers, the people of God are equally in need of opportunities that draw out their sympathies, give efficiency to their prayers, and develop in them a character like that of the divine pattern. It is to provide these opportunities that God has placed among us the poor, the unfortunate, the sick, and the suffering. They are Christ’s legacy to His church, and they are to be cared for as He would care for them. In this way God takes away the dross and purifies the gold, giving us that culture of heart and character we need.  -Ellen White, Testimonies, vol. 6, p.261

Here at Team Revolution Missions, our goal is to provide opportunities for us to live out our faith and have our sympathies drawn out in acts of kindness. Will you join us?