"I see the dawning of a new missionary age" John Paul II

Encouragement for the Evangelist.

  I see the dawning of a new missionary age, which will become a radiant day bearing an abundant harvest, if all Christians, and missionaries and young churches in particular, respond with generosity and holiness to the calls and challenges of our time. (Pope John Paul II, Mission of the Redeemer, 92) Testimonies, Stories and Vignettes
extracted from various sources
There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed. (Pope Paul VI, On Evangelization in the Modern World).   I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church's energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples. (Pope John Paul II, Mission of the Redeemer, 3)
  "At least for many peoples, however, the present time is instead marked by a formidable challenge to undertake a ‘new evangelization,’ a proclamation of the Gospel which is always new and always the bearer of new things, an evangelization which must be new in its ardor, methods and expression."
(Pope John Paul II, The Splendor of Truth, 106)
 
"Therefore it is clear how unworthy of commendation are those preachers who are afraid to touch upon certain points of Christian doctrine lest they should give their hearers offense. Does a physician prescribe useless reme dies to his patient merely because the sick man rejects effective ones?"  (Pope Benedict XV, On Preaching the Word of God, 19)   "... he who in his preaching neglects to lead men to a fuller knowledge of God and on the way of eternal salvation may be called an idle declaimer, but not a preacher of the Gospel."   (Pope Benedict XV, On Preaching the Word of God, 10)
  What counts, here as in every area of Christian life, is the confidence that comes from faith, from the certainty that it is not we who are the principal agents of the Church's mission, but Jesus Christ and his Spirit. We are only co-workers, and when we have done all that we can, we must say: "We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty" (Lk 17:10). (Pope John Paul II, Mission of the Redeemer, 36)  
Our fruitfulness is the result of abiding in Christ. So fellowship with Christ must come first, for witnessing is not overwork but overflow. It is Christ through people to other people. Paul said, "I will not venture to speak of any- thing except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done" (Rom. 15:18). It was Christ through Paul to others. (Leroy Eims, The Lost Art of Disciple Making)   "In a spiritual ‘roll call' of the nations on earth, the Islamic world is identified as the largest unevangelized block, numbering by some estimates, in excess of one billion souls. Someone described Islam as the Mount Everest of missions; it attracts much attention, but few climbers. Our mandate, given 2,000 years ago, is to con quer this peak and plant the flag of the Lord Jesus upon it." (Iqbal Massey, Women of Prayer: Released to the Nations)
  "The pastor of a church or the leader of a ministry will find it difficult to maintain these priorities, because prayer is essentially private. It is the one aspect of a leader's ministry that is invisible to the people. We are easily tempted to a life of ceaseless but barren activity, because we want the approval and understanding of the people who follow us. We must repent of the fear of man and ask God for a life-transforming revelation of the priority of prayer.. " ( John Dawson, Taking Our Cities for God: How to Break Spiritual Strongholds)  
"There is a personal evil being called Satan. He tempted Jesus, put betrayal into the heart of Judas, sought to deceive Peter, filled the heart of Ananias with lies, prowls around like a lion seeking to destroy believers, and is sometimes disguised as an angel of light (Matthew 4:1; 16:23; John 13:2; 1 Peter 5:8; Acts 5:3; 2 Corinthians 2:11). All Bible-believing Christians acknowledge the reality of Satan. Spiritual warfare is a reality. It is the nature of that warfare that raises questions. Perhaps one of Satan's greatest tactics in attacking God's people is to intimidate us into silence on this subject. We are con cerned about extremism. We have learned that if we leave well enough alone, we won't stir up problems. At least, we like to think that is what will happen." (Floyd McClung, Spirits of the City)   At least three-fourths of all those who ever accept Jesus Christ do so by the age of eighteen. When you go to the local high school graduation and watch the kids walking across that platform, realize that those who don't know Christ then will probably live and die and spend eternity without Him. The church of Jesus Christ has nothing more urgent to do than reach people before their lives turn hard-- while they are young. What more important, more urgent mission do we have? (Ron Hutchcraft, The Battle for a Generation).
  We don't want to limit what God can do in our children's lives by clutching them to ourselves and trying to parent them alone. If we are not positive that God is in control of our children's lives, we'll be ruled by fear. And the only way to be sure that God is in control is to surrender our hold and allow Him full access to their lives. The way to do that is to live according to His Word and His ways and pray to Him about everything. We can trust God to take care of our children even better than we can. (Stormie Omartian, The Power of a Praying Parent)