10 Famous Christian Missionaries

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There are many famous Christian missionaries throughout history. While we may not agree with every one of them from a doctrinal standpoint, they are an inspiration and example to those of us who are serving the Lord as missionaries today. Here is a list of 10 famous missionaries and what they are known for. I hope you are inspired to pick up a book and study each of these men and women and see what they contributed to the cause of Christ.

William Carey (1761-1834)

William Carey is known as the father of modern missions. Carey was an English missionary to India who was a skilled linguist, writer and printer. He translated portions of the Bible in many languages.

Carey grew up in the Church of England but was saved while an apprentice to a shoemaker. He eventually joined the Baptist church and went to India as a Baptist missionary. As a self motivated learner he taught himself Latin, Hebrew and Greek.

He founded the Baptist Missionary Society and was instrumental in influencing many other missionaries to the foreign field; particularly to India.

Adoniram Judson (1788-1850)

Judson was a Baptist missionary who became the first North American Protestant missionary in Burma (Myanmar). Like other early missionaries, he was involved in translation work and church planting. He went to the field of India as a Congregationalist but, after much study of the Bible, became convinced that Baptist doctrine was more biblical. Because of anti-Western sentiment in India, he moved to Burma.

It took him 12 years to see his first 18 converts. By the time he died he had established 100 churches with over 8,000 members. The Baptist churches of Myanmar celebrate “Judson Day” each year to commemorate his arrival in the country.

David Livingstone (1813-1873)

David Livingstone was a medical missionary with the London Missionary Society. He was born in Scotland in 1813, but spent most of his life in Africa as an explorer and doctor. Coupled with his love for the Lord and desire to spread the Gospel, Livingstone used his understanding of nature and science to help him map much of southern Africa.

Livingstone never stayed long in any one place. He was driven to map the continent of Africa in preparation for the many missionaries who would come after him.

Livingstone is considered one of the greatest missionary heroes. God has used his life to open doors for the Gospel.

George Müller (1805-1898)

Müller is known as a prayer warrior who started orphanages and preached heavily about the need for missionaries around the world. In his lifetime his orphanage in England took care of more than 10,000 children. He was instrumental in promoting the idea of “faith missions.” This is where missionaries are not supported by a denomination but by individuals and churches. He believed in never asking anyone for support, but trusting God to lay it on the person’s heart to support the need.

Hudson Taylor (1832-1905)

Hudson Taylor spent more than 50 years in China as a missionary and is known for his respect for the Chinese culture. He was widely criticized in his home country of England at the time for dressing like a China man in his efforts to blend in while sharing the Gospel. This practice made him much more accepted by the people when he preached.

Hudson Taylor was trained as a physician. He worked as a doctor, evangelist and translator while in China. He continued his translation work when he returned to England for medical reasons.

He personally influenced hundreds of people to be missionaries in his lifetime. Many missionaries today attribute their introduction to the need for missions from reading biographies about Hudson Taylor.

Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936)

Though Jonathan Goforth and his wife went to China in 1888 as traditional missionaries, he soon found a need for short-term trips as an Evangelist. Instead of staying in one place and establishing a church and mission station, he traveled in various regions in China helping to encourage the believers and evangelize the lost.

Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

Amy Carmichael was an Irish missionary who served in India for 56 years without ever returning to her homeland. Her primary work was with orphans in the southern region of India. She was influenced to consider a career in missions after hearing Hudson Taylor speak about the need for missionaries in China. She applied to be a missionary with the China Inland Mission (Taylor’s missionary group) but was eventually turned away because of her poor health. Many of her final 20 years of life was spent in bed due to illness and injury from a fall.

Nate Saint (1923-1956)

As a Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) pilot, Nate Saint helped make contact with the Waodani (or Auca) Indians in Ecuador. Eventually he and his companions were killed in their efforts to evangelize the tribe. However, through the efforts of Nate’s sister and the wives of the other men who died that day, the Auca Indian tribe came to know the Lord.

The short lives of men like Nate Saint may seem like a waste during the time of the tragedy, but God has a plan and works all things out to His glory.

Jim Elliot (1927-1956)

From an early age Jim Elliot learned the Bible and used it to lead his daily life. He is most remembered for his dramatic death (along with Nate Saint and three other missionary men) at the hands of the Waodani (or Auca) Indians. While their deaths were tragic, the response by the wives of these men towards the ones who killed them opened up their hearts to the Gospel.

Eric Liddell (1902-1945)

Eric Liddell is probably best known for the 1980s film Chariots of Fire. The film mainly focused on his life as an Olympic runner, yet the story of Eric Liddell as a missionary is important. Liddell was born to missionary parents in North China. His parents were Scottish missionaries serving with the London Missionary Society. Though he was born in China, he spent his school years in Scotland.

After school, and his time as an Olympic athlete, he returned to China as a missionary in 1925. He worked as a school teacher as well as a minister. By 1941 British nationals were encouraged to leave China by the British government because of the coming Japanese invasion. Liddell’s wife and children returned to Canada which is where she was from. Eric remained to work in a hospital with his brother. In 1943 he was put in a prison camp by the Japanese and continued to teach children and preach the Bible.

Mr. Liddell died of a brain tumor in the Weihsien Internment Camp on February 21, 1945. He died of an inoperable brain tumor. I recently had the privilege of meeting a lady who was a young girl in the same camp with Eric Liddell. She said that as children (she was with him from the time she was 9 to 11 years old), they knew nothing of his fame as an athlete. The children only knew that he was a kind gentle man and one of their favorite teachers.

Jim Elliot is often quoted as saying, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

Do you have a favorite Christian Missionary of the past or present? Post it in the comments!


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Jack September 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm

David, how inspiring are these stories of godly men and women going into harms way for the glory of Christ. This is another reason that we should hold in high regard and lift up in prayer the many missionaries who go out at great risk to themselves, like you sir. Well done.


Amanda Bong September 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

Would u be able to give me a list of missionaries who were called when they were still young (as children) ?


David Peach October 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Amanda, I think it would be good to find a list of missionaries who felt called to the field when they were young. I would imagine most fall into that category.

I will name a couple I am pretty sure were called when they were young (I would have to find my box of missionary biographies to read more in depth about them). Maybe other readers can help us with this list.

William Borden committed to missionary life at a young age.

David Livingstone was not a young child when he felt specifically called to missions, but the work he did was growing within him from an early age. He knew he wanted to be a scientist/doctor/naturalist as a child. But his conflict was that his dad believed that science and religion were mutually exclusive. Therefore David choose science over God. It was not until he was 19 years old that he saw science and religion as compatible and gave his life to Christ and the ministry.


Brett November 6, 2011 at 5:51 am

I wrote a paper on Hudson Taylor last year. Apparently he expressed a desire to be a missionary to China when he was still a child.


shaun October 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Hi brett
would you be so kind and for me the paper you wrote on Hudson taylor as i would like to read your paper please. my email is shaun@simply-organic.co.za


Robert Worthington December 4, 2015 at 11:05 am

I am Robert Worthington. I served as a missionary in the Philippines from 1987 until 2003. I was raised in a godly Christian home. My parents often had visitors (college students, evangelists, missionaries, etc) into our home. It was probably through that that the Lord touched my heart for missions when I was only eight years of age. God graciously used us to lead in a Bible school where we specifically trained pastors for the ministry and He used us to help plant with two other missionaries 17 churches on the island of Samar. Praise the Lord, there are no missionaries there any longer, however, the works continue with training and planting churches by the national pastors. God has blessed in magnificent ways!


Nick January 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

My grandfather was a missionary in Africa during the uprising. Later moved his mission to brazil opened a church which to my knowledge is still open to this day. Clifford Lee New spent over 40 years on his mission trip before returning home due to medical reasons. My favorite missionary. He has told me stories of his life in Africa and brazil email me at nicknew44@yahoo.com and I would gladly share his inspiring story’s. Clifford Lee New went to see Jesus late 2010. I just want to pass on his teachings and truly amazing stories to others.


carolyn cobbler February 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

hey when I was a young girl their was a missonary who lived in winston-salem.my sister and I used to help him out sometimes then he also became very helpful to our family and neighborhood he had a collie dog named lady I think and he use to take us to christmas parties for children who did not have much I remember him because he did so much but I don’t remember his first name but his last name is bahnson I don’t think is living now but I would love to get some info on him if you can help in any it will be much apprecated Thank you carolyn cobbler


David Peach February 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Carolyn, thanks for writing about your good memories of missionaries from when you were younger.

I did find a Fred Bahnson who is certainly not who you are talking about (he seems to be pretty young), but he may know who you are referring to. He is also a missionary. Check out his information on his ministry page.


Kunle Ibisola March 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

I am presently a medical student, and there is this strong assurance within me that God would have me be a Missionary someday. As to how, I didn’t really know, but the passion and the zeal are embedded in my veins by His grace. What a privilege it will be to be part of God’s army for the end time harvest. Mission is life!


David Peach March 7, 2012 at 11:31 am

Praise the Lord! It is encouraging to hear of people who have the call of God on their life to missions.


Rabi Thawng April 12, 2013 at 7:49 am


I really glad to know more about the father of missionaries whose were historian and strengthened us through by study,therefore,i really need to know further more information.And let me know their history more if you help me that way.

Tank you,

In Christ,
Rabi Thawng


Daniel Owoyemi July 28, 2012 at 1:17 am

Hello Kunle. I see the passion burning in you and many more like you are needed in the ministry work. Could you send mail to me so we can talk and see if our minsitry platform can accomodate you as an Assistant Pastor in our Ministry in Lagos, Nigeria.


Rachel March 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Katie Davis!! she is a missionary to uganda (in her 20s) who just after finishing her senior year of high school, moved to uganda to be a kindergarten teacher for a few months, but she stayed and is living there now as a mom to fourteen adopted girls


lulu April 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Wonderful! She must be an angel to live that sort of life 🙂 May God give her all the happinesses (If there is any God at all)


Lori April 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Are you aware of any missionaries that are previously divorced, but remarried? Both my husband and I have biblical divorces but want to serve on the mission field. God can use us we know it, just need to figure out where.


David Peach April 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm

There are different opinions on this issue. The best advice I can give is to talk with your pastor.


Lulu April 20, 2012 at 5:21 am

I am a Muslim. Been reading about Christianity and there are lot of things unclear to me. A little help will be appreciated. I really want to understand what the truth is.


Rachel April 20, 2012 at 6:39 am

What do you need help understanding?


Lulu April 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

I posted few things but I dont know where did it go. I’ll say it again anyways. Why didnt Jesus save himself from being murdered? If he loves us, how come many people die due to hunger and bomb blasts?
I prayed to him a lot for one thing, why didnt he give me what I asked?


Elizabeth December 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

Jesus didn’t save himself, because he wanted to save us. If he hadn’t had died, then he never would have been able to conquer death and raise from the dead. Him dying also had a lot of symbolism as far as how in the old testament they would sacrifice a perfect lamb unto God to atone for their sins. Jesus is our perfect lamb. God is an amazing story writer if you don’t mind my saying it. 🙂 When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son, he went up to Mt. Moriah with Isaac and Abraham said that God would provide a lamb. Well, Abraham placed Isaac on an altar and as he lifted the knife, there was an angel that said not to lay a hand on Isaac and that he had great faith for being willing to kill his own son for God. The angle said look over there! There is a ram caught in the thicket! So, Abraham sacrificed the ram instead of his son, Isaac. But, there was supposed to be a lamb, not a ram, right? Well, this all happened on Mt. Moriah, right? Mt. Moriah is VERY close to Golgotha where Jesus was crucified. So, God did provide a lamb, just not that day. He provided a lamb hundreds of years later! How amazing is that? And in almost the exact same location! 🙂 Plus: another name for Mt. Moriah is the mountain of the Lord will provide. I just got goose bumps!

Okay, so next question was why is there so much suffering in the world? Well, I know that this can be very confusing, and I don’t always understand it, but I think that there are two reasons. One, because of our sin and the garden of Eden. Because if you read Genesis 1-2, then you see that God did not want the world to be the way it is, he designed it perfectly. We (weather we know it or not) did this to ourselves. And two, because if there was no poverty, then the rich would never have a reason to give to others. If there was no sickness, then the well would never have a reason to show compassion. But God hasn’t just left us. He does amazing things for us that we totally don’t deserve every day! Like flowers in the spring. Making sure that Christians in America can go to church every week and sing praises to him as loud as we want without hiding from authorities. Hundreds of babies being born everyday. Every breath you breathe. The list is endless! 🙂

And not getting what you pray for? Like I said in the beginning, God is an amazing story writer. He has already written your story and knows how it ends. Every chapter of your story will be how he wrote it. Trust that he knows what happens next and will help you through it! Think of Esther. She was kidnapped in the middle of the night. She must have begged for God to help her escape! but he didn’t because He had bigger plans for her: to be Queen and save the Jewish people! That’s huge! If God had let her escape, who knows what would have happened to her? Remember: God knows what’s up! 🙂


Elizabeth December 4, 2013 at 11:08 am

By the way, when I said story writer, I meant author of our lives. All that examples I used really did happen! 🙂

Lulu April 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

I have been told that Jesus the God was killed. Why didnt he save himself if he is Almighty?
If he loves us, how come too many people dying from hunger, bomb blasts?


Jack April 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Hello Lulu. Jesus was killed so that we might have eternal life. The world decided long ago to make their own decisions and so the world has been following their own ways since then. People die from hunger and bomb blasts but those who believe in Jesus Christ and place their trust and faith in Him will never die. He suffered more than any other single person that has ever lived (Isaiah 52 & 53) and He was completely innocent. Problems in this world should make people realize that they need God and for His intervention. Some day all this will stop. You said that you have prayed to Him, but let me ask you, have you been born again? Have you believed in His name (see Romans 10:9-13, Acts 4:12, Acts 16:30-31)? You must be born from above (see John 3) and then God will answer your prayers if you trust Him, have faith in Him, lean upon Him, repent from your sins, fall on your face and ask His forgiveness and God will do this:

1 John 1:8 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Click on the top link on this website where it says, “Come to Jesus” and I can assure you that He will respond to your cries and save you.


lulu April 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Thanks a lot Jack for your sweet reply. How can we be eternal by his death? Isnt God supposed to be all powerful? If people decided to make their own decisions, cant he use his power?
Why do you refer to him as a person i.e “He suffered more than any other single person that has ever lived”?

Actually I think, I have lost hope in all religions. All of them claim to be true, all of them say have trust and pray. Let me tell you, I tried again and again. How am I to trust when God betrays my trust again and again?


Jack April 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Thank you again Lulu. If God forces us to do His will, then He could have easily made robots or machines to do His will. If He uses His power to make us obey Him, then God would be called a tyrant or an angry king and we would obey only grudgingly and because we don’t have any choice. God is all powerful but He will not force anyone against their own will. Love means you want to follow something. I obeyed my parents because I loved them and wanted to please them. Have you read the chapters of Isaiah 52 and 53? These describe that Jesus’ body and face were marred, beaten, and scared more than any one ever and He was almost beyond recognition.

How is God betraying your trust? He will not help you until you submit to Him, believe Him, and trust in Him. Of all the religions in the world on Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. Muhammad is dead and in his grave…Confucius is dead and in his grace, Buddha is dead and in his grave….Jesus alone was raised from the dead. None of these others have assurance of being in heaven but today Jesus is at the Right Hand of God and by His death and resurrection, we too will be raised again to eternal life (John 3:16).

The result of believing it, however, reaches as far as eternity. In chapter three of his letter to the Romans, St. Paul makes a very clear statement about how we can attain to salvation. “We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us” (Romans 3:25).

Jesus the Son of God is Eternal Life. “Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he Live” (John 11:25). This is fundamental to the Christianity of the Scriptures, and those, who by faith place their confidence in Jesus, have Eternal Life. “11 And this is the Record, that God hath given to us Eternal Life, and this Life is in His Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath Life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not Life” (1John 5:11-12). This is the difference between Christianity and all other religions and how you can be sure it is true. Click on the “Come to Jesus” link at the top of this website and see how you can, today, this very day, have eternal life. After this, you can trust Him with your eternity. Without Him, you will not reach heaven and die forever separated from God in hell.


Lulu April 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

I prayed to him a lot for one thing, why didnt he give me what I asked?


anonymous May 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Hi! I encourage you to visit a church near you and ask the pastor there some of your questions. Sometimes its easier in person. Also pick up a Bible and start reading. the beginning books can be pretty boring, but the new testament is a good place to start. (maybe John?) if you don’t have a Bible, you can buy one or find a free virtual Bible online. (http://virtualbible.net/MyBible.aspx)

In answer to your question: God doesn’t always answer your prayers the way you want him to. Its like asking your parents for something at Christmas (when you were little) you didn’t get every single thing, did you? Sometimes He answers in a different way. Instead of saying yes to everything, He says, “Later.” or “That’s not best for you. Let me give you something even better.” I’m not saying that if you become a Christian, everything will be easy. There will be hardships, but when you go thru hardships, God will always be right there beside you. All you have to do is accept the gift of salvation that God is handing you.(I think Jack explained it pretty well in the reply above.)


Lulu May 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Thank you sooo much! This is the best answer I have ever had. Thanks again 🙂 May God bless you!


shinu kb October 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

Dear Lulu
I will tell my experience (when I worked as software Engineer) please listen

I asked God please give me wisdom like king Solaman and Daniel and joseph !!
Also its written that spirituality is the bigining of Wisdom

You know what I got ?
Scince that day onwards I got tremndous Problems in life one after other i feel why god is giving these problems
after a long years i knew i got enough knowdge by solving that all problems

Thanks lulu God may bless you
with love in Christ


anonymous May 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

if you have any more questions, I will try my best to explain…I’m only 12. anyways, have a great day! God bless you!


anonymous May 8, 2012 at 3:53 pm

hey! i wanna say one more thing, music has an influence on you, so maybe you could try listening to some Christian music. if you like rap, LeCrae is AMAZING! I’m a huge fan!!! the words are amazing. some other bands to look up are tobymac, skillet, dc talk, kj-52. anyways, im really glad i helped!!! i wasnt having a very good day today, but i saw this comment and it made me so happy. i think its cool that even though im only 12, i can still have an impact, great or small, on people.
1 Timothy 4:12 Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.


Lulu May 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Woow, you just 12? Its really difficult to believe! Dude I do have a few things on my mind that keeps bugging me. You are a very wise person and again its hard to believe that you are only 12 🙂


Jack May 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

It is hard to believe isn’t it Lulu. Thank you for visiting us and thank you my young 12-year-old friend. Good advice.


anonymous May 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Lulu, did you listen to any of the music? you can listen for free at grooveshark.com if you want. tell me what you like best (or if you like any).


Jack May 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I agree that you are wise beyond your years for being 12. I wish I had been as smart as you are when I was 12. Excellent advice my friend. Thank you.


Lulu May 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

So sweet of you to say this. You are wise too 🙂


anonymous May 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

wanna share?


Lulu May 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Since Jesus Christ is the only way to Paradise. Many people are ignorant. They can by no means know or read bible. The message of Christianity doesnt reach them. Suppose they suffered a lot for food…etc in this life, Are they gonna go to hell anyways?


Jack May 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Hi Lulu. Let me direct you to this article that address’s just what you said, “Who Goes to Heaven? Do Good People Go To Heaven?” and it talks about, from Scripture, those who have suffered and have never heard the gospel before.



Lulu May 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Thanks Jack that really nice of you. But boy isnt the answer what I feared :(! Doesnt sound fair to me to be honest.


Jack May 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I know it doesn’t but who are we to say it isn’t fair. What they did to Jesus was not fair. He was innocent and yet died for us who were guilty. He suffered so much so we could have what we don’t deserve. We truly don’t want to say to God, “God be fair to me” for we get what we don’t deserve (called grace) and do not get what we really do deserve (called mercy). See what I mean? God allows any to come to Him for eternal life at His own life’s cost. If anything’s not fair, that’s it. Instead of wanting what’s fair and coming to me, I begged God for what I didn’t deserve, eternal life, and got what I didn’t deserve.


Amanda October 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Dear Lulu,

I know a lot of time has gone by since you have posted this, but I cannot help wondering where you are and how you are doing now.

With love.


USMARINESBOY98 July 18, 2012 at 1:05 am

lift up and pray for Kevin Turner, missionary, pastor, and president of Strategic World Impact, and also takes on a huge part in D.A.R.T


zetho ante October 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

Great tools for churches who will observe their missions celebration. Permit me to use this info for our mission month celebration. God bless you as always!


David Peach October 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

Certainly you may use the information provided at this website to encourage other believers in the faith and practice of Christianity.

I am glad it can be a help.


John Abraham October 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

Dear pastor praise the lord . i am a John Abraham i am Muslim convert christian from Asia Bangladesh. i am working among Muslim people i have independent home fellowship church in Bangladesh more then 200 Muslim convert christian i led , 6 pastor are working with me so i need your prayer . we have orphan hotel for Muslim children, i post you some photo you can see. thanks God blessed you and your ministry amen ,

John Abraham



David Peach October 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

Bro. John, it is great to read about how God is using your ministry.


John Abraham May 16, 2015 at 9:50 pm

Dear Brother
I too am John Abraham; missionary evangelist, pastor and workers leadership schools and author of Living in the Supernatural Dimension. Love you in the Lord brother, you are from now in our prayers.
We travel in leadership school ministries around the world, working mostly in Eastern Europe, Africa Russia, China and Asia.
God bless you.
John Abraham (Dr)


shinu kb October 15, 2012 at 7:59 am

HI David Peach,
Recently i have seen William Cary Documentery film.We, modern belivers should really thing and aware what our anccesters missionaries done !!.They could have enjoyed thier life like us .But now a days its very sad to see what we are doing.

Thanks very much for this blog


shinu kb October 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

I apriciate David Peach for his website
Lets share our experience and feelings



santhosh Thomas November 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

Thanks a lot for the woderful chat i could hear from you peolpe. In my life I could experienced the Lord Jesus Christ was behind since my college days, eventhoug i was very far away from him. I got many blessings from my Lord but it was not at all a sudden reply, it delayed but everything was for good. I know that He is the only one really taking care about me. Thanks ,May God Bless you all.
Santhosh Thomas -UAE


sipho Moyo November 23, 2012 at 7:39 am

I was touched by the missiories who died preaching the word of God, What about Cliff Barrows, Urkman what happened to them?


Gene McVay December 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

There was an early missionary who had planned to go to one place in the Pacific but for some reason he could not stay there and ended up in some other place like Borneo. He had very little success converting the inhabitants but a few years after he died the census showed 100,000 Christians there. I cannot remember his name. Does this sound familiar to anyone?


David Peach March 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

I’m not sure, but maybe it is John Paton you are thinking of?


Clement K Anderson December 20, 2012 at 7:15 am

I am a sunday school teacher in one of the vilage in Ghana. I have been in it since 2000. i have a problem and need help in my ministry that is the children Ministry. The problem is i can not communicate well with deaf children and i feel very bad about this. I want attend sign language school to be able to teach the deaf also the word of God. I need someone to support me to go through this studies because of the children. If you can help get me a sponsor i would be very happy and will solve my ministry problems.


Andrew June 17, 2013 at 8:11 am


Do you still need help?

Bro Andrew


Evangelist NE Raphasha December 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

It is good to give us informing us about missionaries who made impact to the missionary work. May you please provide us with the addresses of the missionary organisations that can donate tents and other equipment that can help us during crusades? God bless you and your team.


A. S. Mathew March 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Perhaps this generation won’t catch the reality and the great
sacrifice undertaken by the old time missionaries. Even as a young boy, I could read the most inspiring life stories of these great missionaries which gave me great inspiration. After finishing my studies in a seminary in the U.S., I could’t make the right decision to be in a missionary field for which I regret greatly. I had the opportunity to visit a few mission fields in India, was very delighted to be in the mission field for a short while. I wish, I could be in the mission field full time.


salomi April 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Plz help me, am in terrible situation, my father left my family, me my mother n 2 younger siblings are suffering n having a hard time, I’ve been working n feeding my family since years, due to my financial crisis am unable to continue my studies, I am 23 years old Bt haven’t done graduation yet, besides tht am getting threats from some strangers that is why am having a hard hard time, plz I beg for help, I want to come to London n over there I want to settle safely n securely n want to support my family, my mother is not doin tht good, in terms of health, I am Christian, plz help me n save me m my family, I am completely helpless n hopeless, I live I karachi, Pakistan


Andrew June 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

Hi Salomi,
I’m really sorry for what you are going through; pretty tough situation and i sympathize with you. However, you shouldn’t consider yourself helpless and hopeless. Jesus is our hope, our strength and our salvation. He has promised to be with us through the rough waters; It’s a promise. He says it in His Word. But i understand the real test comes in trusting in God during the tough times and its for that very reason i’ll keep you and your family lifted up in prayer; for His perfect will and purpose. Take care! God bless. Love you

-Brother Andrew


Donex Chibeu Juma June 19, 2013 at 5:12 am

Hi Salomi,
Sad to hear that you are going through a tough situation.Romans 8;28 should be a consolation, everything is working for your good even in your situation in Christ Jesus. Shortly, it will be made advent to you.
Keep the burner going, speak about the Good news without fear for your reward is in Heaven.


solemon May 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm

i wana work for missionaries as a volanteer.can i?


David Peach May 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Solemon, I suppose you can. I would recommend you find a missionary in your area and talk with them on how you can help in the work of God.


Donex Chibeu Juma June 19, 2013 at 5:07 am

What a passion these missionaries had for the word of the Lord, Willing to give all that the Gospel may be preached. Recently we were in a place called Loglogo in Kenya, so sad to see that still the Gospel has not been preached. My prayer is that the Lord will enable us to have a conviction to complete the Great commission.
Come Lord Jesus, Come.


abhishek kumar July 2, 2013 at 12:10 am

hello sir, i just want so say that there is one indian missionary whose name is sadhu sundar singh. who is greatest one in india. please read about him and add him in your list.


Dr. Thaddeus and Mrs. Hortense they July 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Everyone welcome to learn about God and His Kingdom ways.We’re in our 80’s and still doing all our own stunts! Well worth the effort for the Kingdom of God! Laughter that doeth good like a medicine with serious Bible encouragement. The elders, younger folks and all the ages in between love us! Come enjoy our FREE site.
Blessings! Dr. Thaddeus and Mrs. Hortense They


Donex Chibeu Juma July 8, 2013 at 6:01 am

Hi Dr. Thaddeus and Mrs. Hortense They,
Glad to hear the unwavering testimony for the Lord from you ;that with the years that the Lord has bestowed upon you, you have tasted and seen that the Lord is indeed faithful.
Would you kindly direct me to your website so that i can also partake of the Bible encouragements and of course the laughter.


Aileen July 10, 2013 at 5:22 am

its hard to think that some people blaming God in they bad experiences and bad circumstances in their lives, and also in their poverty, and some also people they dont have interest to know Jesus and how Big is our God in heaven. they dont have faith in Him and trust they just trust in their selves. i pity on them. i wish i can help them trough my prayers. coz specially in here in my home place, poverty is their reason in not continuing following Christ or their relationship with Him. i just bring this burden in my prayers coz i am young and i cant help them in their needs financially. many tragedies happen here in our place flooding, landslides, typhoons, and poverty. specially my fellow IPs in the jungle area, they really need prayers for the needs of all the mothers need immunizations and good health for them and for their kids, kids that needs also educations and shelters medical assistance. hope all of us will helping each other for prayers
I am Aileen, 25 from Mindanao Philippines, i am belong to IPs or Indigenous Peoples. my mother and father is a leader of IPs



JUNE A CHINNAYYA October 7, 2013 at 12:19 am

Rev Dr. Daniel Mark Buntain was a great Missionary from Canada. What he and his wife sowed as a tiny seed way back in 1954 has grown into a forest today just because Pastor buntain heard the voice of God and came to our city of Kolkata so many years ago. Millions have been blessed and are still being blessed by the work which was started so long ago. Our dear Pastor D M Buntain was truly a man of God and a great Missionary.


A. S. Mathew November 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm

The inner joy of the mission life is too great to explain. When I traveled hundreds of miles through the remote villages of north India, and when visited the slums to help the most helpless people-when I preached the gospel, I felt a joy unspeakable. Whenever we are called for the missionary work, never look back and make any detour, we will regret for the rest of our lives. A person who has a calling for the missionary work must wait patiently to have the right partner with the same calling in life, else the calling will end up in total disarray.


Rebecca January 20, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Wow! I just typed in the search bar “famous missionaries,” and I came up with this site. Reading the comments has been amazing! God bless you all.

I’m writing a series, Hidden Heroes Missionary Stories, that brings into the light the missionaries (both Western and indigenous) whom God is using the way He used the likes of David Livingstone and William Carey, but who aren’t as well known. You can see the books at http://www.heresthejoy.com. I’m researching the 6th one, about God’s work in the Middle East among Muslims. Amazing stuff happening!


Jane Ochieng February 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

I live in Kenya and I once met two young missioneries aged 21 and 19. I hosted them for three days and when they left they promised to come back to Kenya and write to me. It is now Fours years I havent heard from them and my children are always asking me if they were genuine missioneries and we never expected them to forget us. I met them in the streets in our small city in Kenya called Kisumu when they were stranded. I love hosting Missioneries and anytime one is in Kenya and need accommodation I am ready to give free of charge so long and they are serving the living Father and His son Jesus Christ,


Lizzie February 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm

I typed in “famous Christian missionaries” into the google searchbar. I am 16 years old and I feel that I have been called to work in the missions field. I don’t know exactly what countries yet, but I am going with my church to Fiji, Cambodia and Thailand next year, and I am possibly going to India with my school this year. These are all places where we are going to spread the gospel and help as many people as we can.
I go to a Christian School, and the sporting houses are Elliot, Livingstone, Carmichael and Aylward. I have read all of the autobiographies/biographies about these four people. I am currently reading “God’s Smuggler” by Brother Andrew.

Are there any other missionaries like these ones, and which countries did they do their missions work in?


Jack Wellman February 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Hello Lizzie and thank you for your comment. There are many such missionaries but I would suggest you talk to your pastor about this or the person who works on the missionary board, if your church has one. Even now you can be a missionary in your neighborhood. Did you know that the #2 place in all the world of all other nations that send missionaries is to the US!? Yes, we are so lost in this country and we need young people like you to take the gospel to the streets.


Lizzie February 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

My church has a missions pastor. I’m actually going to the missions brunch this coming Saturday to help discuss missions. Do you have any suggestions about how I could be a missionary in my own neighbourhood?
Also, I will definitely talk to my pastors about it 🙂


Jack Wellman February 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Lizzie…I am so encouraged that you want to go into all the world as Christ commanded us (an imperative command) in Matt 28:18-20/Acts 1:8 and here is one on how to properly conduct yourself in going into your neighborhood. I suggest, for safety sake, as I would men also, to go with someone else. Here’s more at this link: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-evangelize-door-to-door-seven-helpful-tips/ and here is one that shows you how you can witness to people one on one, with family but it also works with total strangers at this link: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-share-the-gospel-with-family/ Now you go girl….and like the apostles, you can turn the world upside down to the glory of God! We need young missionaries like you and for which I thank God for you Lizzie!


MaryBeth February 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm

This book is about Dick McLellan, a missionary to Ethiopia. Maybe not as famous as some others, but exciting stories! http://www.amazon.com/With-Two-Hands-Stories-Ethiopia/dp/1845505395/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392865418&sr=8-1&keywords=with+two+hands+davis


qwerty.. June 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

i have a burden to work in rural areas of my country, india. please pray for a revival in india. many are under satan’s bondage without knowing gospel. pray that God may send his workers to save the perishing souls


Cheryl September 8, 2014 at 1:12 am

I’m trying to remember a missionary story I used years ago with children. It was about a female missionary in Asia (Japan maybe). She was home sick and wanted to be able to see the ocean but a small mountain/large hill was blocking the view. The children prayed for the mountain to move and soon a construction project started and they flattened the top of the mountain. Anyone remember that story?


John Holliday March 3, 2015 at 8:26 pm

I am writing the biography of Walter Henry Medhurst, who spent 40 years a missionary to the Chinese. Having researched his life, it amazes me that he is not included in this list.


Nischala Evangeline choppala April 22, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Dear Brother

very amazing to know that you are working among deaf people but would like to know more about how you are able to do it very successfully among them .

God bless you – You are a great inspiration to me !



Diana Valencia June 6, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Hi, I do have another one. His name was Nestor Chamorro Pesantes. He was an ecuadorian founder of a church in Colombia named> Cruzada estudiantil y profesional de colombia.

he began his work in a College and now there are branches in 60 countries around the world.


Tammy Roman July 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm

This is a great article! It helps me to know the health struggles of some. I am a missionary but I was denied first, due to having Lupus. But if God calls you to go, nothing will stop you from going. God’s people and His church will see you to your destination. Paul was sick! Never let that stop you.


Glenda G August 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

I am writing a biography on Charles “Chug” and Betty Kennedy who were missionaries to Liberia beginning in the late 1950s. Charles was a White MIT trained MIT as an aeronautical engineer who married Betty, A Black educator in the 1940s. They first worked in missions in Puerto Rico (where their first two children were born) before being called to Liberia (where their last two children were born). Their sending agency was the Church Of God In Christ and it took them 39 days to travel by ship. They built a school, trained nationals in medicine and ministered in a leper colony, to name a few of their services. Many souls were saved. When they returned, they built a school for troubled children, established a “drop in center” where the homeless had somewhere to stay (later the city of Erie, PA took over) and continued making short term mission trips to over 20 countries (including Russia during the Cold War) Although Chug is gone, at 89 Betty still provides funds through their Community of Caring nonprofit.


joses October 22, 2015 at 3:37 am

Where are the names of Ludwig Krapf and Peter Cameron Scott


Isaac January 19, 2016 at 8:50 am

Hi, I would like to ask if some of you here know of the story of a missionary who responded to a challenge when he was a boy. The preacher was a missionary too, was hesitated to give challenge to the congregation but this boy responded. Do you know who was the boy and the preacher?


Steffi February 8, 2016 at 5:58 pm

That’s a smart answer to a tricky qusioetn


Cheyenne February 8, 2016 at 6:39 pm

You’re on top of the game. Thanks for sharnig.


Fidel Richman Lawoe June 15, 2016 at 7:29 am

Am Fidel Richman Lawoe a missionary in Ghana West Africa We have a missionary village on the borders of Ghana and Togo so we reach out for souls in these two countries Right now we are starting a mission school and need foreign missionaries to assist us in the training Kindly come over to Ghana and help us


Cheryl June 19, 2016 at 12:39 am

This is a good quote. “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” That is interesting. I had heard many of the names. That is a good summary of their lives.


Edna Davidsen July 2, 2016 at 10:26 am

Hi there,

Thank you for sharing.

I god inspired from reading your blog post.

God bless
Edna Davidsen


Jacinth July 29, 2016 at 12:24 am

Dear Brother David peach,

This was so helpful. We have a Christian school in Telangana, India. I wanted to share about missionaries with my children at school. And, this is so apt for what I was looking for.

Here is our school video.

Blessings to you!


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