Former missionary and missiologist David J. Hesselgrave on the church’s priority in mission:
We Christians constantly need to remind ourselves that “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Amid all the good things that missionaries are called to do, they should never forget that their essential task is to seek out those who will humbly confess their sins and throw themselves upon the mercy of God available in Christ Jesus. And among all the needs for which missionary intercessors might pray, they should pray that missionaries will be successful in that search.
After all, the reason for Jesus’ coming is the reason for their going. (Paradigms in Conflict, 137-38).
(HT: Kevin DeYoung)