I feel now, that Arabia could easily be evangelized within the next thirty years if it were not for the wicked selfishness of Christians.

— Samuel Marinus Zwemer

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The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.

It is the key to the whole mission problem. All human means are secondary.


Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens its muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the part of the faithful subjects. Christian character grows in the secret-place of prayer.


The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.

From Pentecost to the Haystack meeting in New England and from the days when Robert Morrison landed in China to the martyrdom of John and Betty Stam, prayer has been the source of power and the secret of spiritual triumph.


The unoccupied fields of the world must have their Calvary before they have their Pentecost.


The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.


Our only concern should be to keep the fight [for souls] aggressive and to win victory regardless of cost or sacrifice.


The printed page is a missionary that can go anywhere and do so at minimum cost.

It enters closed lands and reaches all strata of society. It does not grow weary. It needs no furlough. It lives longer than any missionary. It never gets ill. It penetrates through the mind to the heart and conscience. It has and is producing results everywhere. It has often lain dormant yet retained its life and bloomed years later.


The great Pioneer Missionaries all had 'inverted homesickness' this passion to call that country their home which was most in need of the Gospel. In this passion all other passions died; before this vision all other visions faded; this call drowned all other voices. They were the pioneers of the Kingdom, the forelopers of God, eager to cross the border-marches and discover new lands or win new-empires