I have memories of my church talking about missionaries when I was growing up, but quite honestly, I was never grabbed by the desire to be a missionary.
This latest Moms of MasterBooks review was for a fantastically inspiring book called “Great For God” by David Shibley that delves into the lives of former missionaries who have since gone home to be with the Lord.
There were three missionaries from this book that really stuck with me.
The first was Jim Elliot, who was brutally murdered while spreading God’s word to the Aucus tribe that was feared by many.
Some great quotes by Jim Elliot are:
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
“God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn up for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek
not a long life but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus.”
Yes, Lord – light these idle sticks of my life, too!
and finally (and oh-so-fitting):
“You are immortal until your work is finished.”
Bob Pierce earned a place in my heart when I read that he founded both Samaritan’s Purse (our church participates in Operation Christmas Child each year, which I love!), and World Vision. On top of that, he ministered to Korean children not long after World War II. (Do you know that I am half-Korean??)
The quote attributed to him is:
“Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.”
I have been praying for my own heart of stone to be replaced by one of flesh for quite some time now – reading his story definitely caused some heart-softening in this sinner!
I also found the accounts of female missionaries to be particularly inspiring. Mary Slessor, who entered the mission field upon hearing of the death of David Livingstone (who also makes an appearance in “Great for God”), traveled by boat to Calabar, West Africa.
After disembarking, Mary immediately began walking through the dark, thick jungle with her children toward the missions compound she
had established miles inland.
“Weren’t you and the children afraid of being attacked by thieves or wild animals?” a friend inquired.
“No self-respecting lion would have dared attack us, the way we sang those hymns!” she replied.
Isn’t that amazing? Her story is pretty fantastic…..I don’t want to give too much away here, but I recommend that you read it!
There are 23 missionaries in all that are detailed in this book. I would recommend it for families as well as for Church Youth groups/classes. Who knows which child(ren) that we are called to raise up for God will be inspired to head out into the missionary field?
Great For God can be purchased at New Leaf Publishing Group as well as on Amazon in paperback or as a Kindle download.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary pdf ebook in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received.