• “I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light”– John Keith Falconer
• “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”– C.T. Studd
• “And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives…and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”– Nate Saint
• “The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.”– Clarence W. Jones
• “We who have Christ’s eternal life need to throw away our own lives.”– George Verwer
• Some wish to live within the sound of church and chapel bell. I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell. Charles Thomas Studd (1862-1931)
a. Closed countries pose a risk and cause us to rethink our strategy. Actually the strategy you will learn in this course will not really be changed. We will just have to use real discretion in how to put it into play
b. The greatest missionary that ever lived was Jesus Christ. He did not accomplish his task or mission by public meetings or work although He did a great deal of it. He accomplished his work in privacy training 11 men that would shake the entire world when He left.
c. Closed countries are not new. In all honesty Israel was itself a fairly closed country in Bible times. A few were martyred and others suffered in prison and punishments.
d. The answer to closed countries is and will be discipleship. II Timothy 2:2. The missionary can find one man and train him and teach him as his friend. Training not just nominal Christians but people that will be capable of leading a ministry for the Lord.
e. Our goals have been wrong. We have wanted to build great churches, win great multitudes to the Lord but the greatest missionary of all chose 12 men that He might be “with” them.
f. Multiplication will be the answer not addition. Teach one who can teach another also.