Missionary

Jean Donovan

Jean Donovan

April 10, 1953 - December 2, 1980
Missionary to El Salvador volunteering to feed the poor during the country's civil war
From Westport, Connecticut
Served in El Salvador
Affiliation: Catholic
Death: Raped and murdered by a military death squad
"I don’t know how the poor survive. People in our positions really have to die to ourselves and our wealth to gain the spirituality of the poor and oppressed."

Frank Buchman

Frank Buchman

June 6, 1878 - August 7, 1961
Founder of the Oxford Group
From Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
Served in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Affiliation: Lutheran
"I can only tell you I sat there and realized how my sin, my pride, my selfishness and my ill-will had eclipsed me from God in Christ. I was the center of my own life. That big “I” had to be crossed out... I asked God to change me... It produced in me a vibrant feeling, as though a strong current of life had suddenly been poured into me, and afterwards a dazed sense of a great spiritual shaking up."

Annie Armstrong

Annie Armstrong

July 11, 1850 - December 20, 1938
Missionary and Founder of the Woman's Missionary Movement
From Baltimore, Maryland
Served in Baltimore, Maryland
Affiliation: Southern Baptist
"The central figure of the world, the greatest man, the King of Kings, our Lord and Master came not to be ministered unto but to minister. In His incarnation, by the emptying of self, He grasped not at divine sovereignty, but service."

Lottie Moon

Lottie Moon

December 12, 1840 - December 24, 1912
Missionary to China
From Albemarle County, Virginia
Served in Penglai, China and later in the areas of P'ingtu and Hwangshien
Affiliation: Baptist
"How many there are ... who imagine that because Jesus paid it all, they need pay nothing, forgetting that the prime object of their salvation was that they should follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in bringing back a lost world to God."

David Livingstone

David Livingstone

March 19, 1813 - May 1, 1873
Medical Missionary and Abolitionist to Africa
From South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Served in Zambia
Affiliation: Congregational
Death: In Zambia from malaria and internal bleeding while kneeling in prayer at his bedside
"I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity."

Phoebe Palmer

Phoebe Palmer

December 18, 1807 - November 2, 1874
Evangelist, Writer and Founder of the Five Points Mission in 1850, a mission to the slum area in New York City
From New York City
Served in New York City, New York
Affiliation: Methodist
"God's time is now. The question is not, ‘What have I been?’ or ‘What do I expect to be?’ but, ‘Am I now trusting in Jesus to save to the uttermost?’ If so, I am now saved from all sin."

Charles Simeon

Charles Simeon

September 24, 1759 - November 1, 1836
Pastor and a Founder of the Church Missionary Society
From Berkshire, England
Served in Cambridge
Affiliation: Anglican
"By constantly meditating on the goodness of God and on our great deliverance from that punishment which our sins have deserved, we are brought to feel our vileness and utter unworthiness; and while we continue in this spirit of self-degradation, everything else will go on easily. We shall find ourselves advancing in our course; we shall feel the presence of God; we shall experience His love; we shall live in the enjoyment of His favour and in the hope of His glory"

Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola

October 23, 1491 - July 31, 1556
Founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and Author of Spiritual Exercises
From Spain
Served in Italy
Affiliation: Catholic
"To give, and not to count the cost, to fight, and not to heed the wounds, to toil, and not to seek for rest, to labor, and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will.”

Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi

October 4, 1181 - October 3, 1226
Founder of the Franciscan Order
From Assisi
Served in Assisi
Affiliation: Catholic
"Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt."

Patrick

Patrick

387 - March 17, 493
Apostle to Ireland
From Roman England
Served in Ireland
Affiliation: Catholic
“I bind to myself today, the strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity: I believe the Trinity in the Unity, the Creator of the Universe. I bind to myself today. the virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism, the virtue of His crucifixion with His burial, the virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension, the virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.”

Alban

Alban

274 - June 22, 304
Early English Convert and Martyr
From Hertfordshire (Verulamium), England
Served in Hertfordshire, England
Affiliation: Catholic
Persecution broke out and Alban sheltered a cleric. He was moved by his example and received baptism. When the governor's emissaries came to search the house, Alban disguised himself in the cloak of his guest and gave himself up in his place. They dragged him before the judge, then scourged and beheaded him for his faith. He took the place of the cleric while the cleric escaped.