Missionary Eric Fisk


Eric Fisk believed that satanic forces are probably at their strongest and most subtle amongst people of the Islamic religion. As a British Captain in World War I, Fisk dedicated his life to missionary service. As a missionary to Muslims he had nothing to say about Mohammed or about Islam as a religion.  He had not been sent to refute Islam but to preach the Gospel. He said, “My instructions were very clear:  ‘Preach the Word.'”  And, by the grace of God, he did. Although there were times he felt like giving up and going to fields that apparently were much more fruitful, he sensed that God had given him a call to the Muslim world; and he was faithful to that task.  Where the Word of God is properly preached and lived, there will be fruit. He was a Bible translator, ardent evangelist, and disciple maker. Below are quotes from his two books: “The Prickly Pear” and “The Cross Versus the Crescent”.

Missionary life, as God intends it to be, is the most wonderful life upon earth, and is the only one with a double reward (Matt.19:29). It should never be entered into lightly nor independently of fellow Christians, but only after there is no doubt about a divine call, and the conditions of discipleship have been fully grasped. “Seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not.”


“Apart from God’s Holy Spirit, what chance has the Christian worker of accomplishing anything of eternal value though he might be able to embellish the account of his service with thrilling stories and move with motion the sensitive feelings of the human heart?”


“To exercise influence by life and lip is all that the worker for God can hope to do.”


“In present days the call to the mission field is felt by young people engaged in science, medicine, and surgery as well as by numbers of others who do not appear to be so well equipped and who, when offering the Lord their services, can offer Him few things other than the earnest desire to be His messengers.”


“God needs His workers in a variety of places, and some of His choicest representatives live and work in conditions of intense loneliness; and others would seem to the onlooker to be very poor and possibly in great need. This is inevitable and it must not surprise us that God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, should place the members of Christ’s body in such places where He intends to reveal himself and bring blessing to people and glory to His name.”


“Whatever the outward circumstances of the Christian worker, whether rosy or difficult, it is not likely that any will escape the temptation to extract some consolation for themselves and credit for the difficulties they are called upon to face, an seek some recognition of their sacrifice and zeal. The Christian worker should never give way to self-pity.”


“If only the missionary candidate could be persuaded, before setting sail overseas, that his calling is a stupendous honor for which he can never thank God sufficiently, and that apart from the help of the Holy Spirit all his efforts will be in vain, he would the more easily detect the cunning of the evil one when he is tempted to make capital out of the sacrifices God has called him to make.”

“No one was more unsuited, naturally, for the gigantic task ahead of him than I was. If God was pleased to use me He must himself supply all the strength and ability I would need, and it would be incongruous for me to expect Him to refurnish me for any other purpose.”


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