A great way to get inspired to go on a One Year Challenge is to learn about the lives of other missionaries. For those who have already signed up to take a challenge this year, these men and women will provide great examples of faith and perseverance.

Over the next few weeks we’ll post short bios of some of these missionary greats, men and women like these (from a list of the world’s most well-known missionaries):

7. Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf: (1700-1760) German religious and social reformer and bishop of the Moravian Church and a pioneer of missions. Had a great influence on John and Charles Wesley.

8. William Carey: (1761-1834) was an English Baptist missionary….he translated the Bible into Bengali, Sanskrit, and numerous other languages.

11. J. Hudson Taylor: (1832-1905) Taylor spent 51 years in China….[he] was responsible for bringing over 800 missionaries to the country….

We’re not in agreement with everything every one of them taught, of course, but the impact of their lives is undeniable. Read the whole thing.