#008 – Missionary Rick Martin

Missionary Rick Martin surrendered to go to the Philippines during Pastors’ School at First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, in 1976.  Missionary Bob Hughes was the speaker! Missionary Bob Hughes was dying of cancer, and he was on oxygen as he was preaching.  He only had enough strength to preach for about ten minutes, but during that short message, the Holy Spirit did a mighty work and called many people to missions!

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Missionary Bob Hughes is pictured on the left, and Missionary Rick Martin is pictured on the right.

Missionary Rick Martin says that he has only started one church in the nearly forty years that he has been in the Philippines. However, the Iloilo Baptist Church has sent nationals all over the world to preach the gospel and establish churches. There have been over 1,200 churches started as a result of Missionary Rick Martin’s ministry!

Here are the notes from Missionary Rick Martin’s Interview. Let his story exhort you to do more for the Lord in these end times!


“Gentlemen, God has called me to go, and I will go. I will blaze the trail, though my grave may only become a stepping stone that younger men may follow.” – C.T. Studd Missionary to Africa

Bible Verse:

John 9:4 – I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Failure and Lessons:

Missionary Rick Martin tried to witness to a drunk man, and the man cussed the missionary.  A few weeks later, that man came to church looking for work, and one of the nationals convinced Missionary Rick Martin to forgive the man and give him a job as a carpenter.  The drunk was gloriously saved and became a great soul-winner for the cause of Christ.  Listen to him tell this story, and you will glean some wisdom on how to learn as a missionary!

Missionary Rick Martin also tells us a great language blooper and a story about a bamboo roof!  You will have to listen to get a good picture in your mind!


Missionary Rick Martin tells us about his father-in-law accepting Christ as his Savior at the airport in the Philippines!  Have you ever been thankful that your flight was late?

Currnet Burden:

Missionary Rick Martin tells us that his burden to start churches has never changed; it has only grown. Now, he is working with Filipinos to see churches and Bible Schools started all over the world!

What if you were a young person and felt God calling you to the mission field?

“I would go and I would rejoice and I would pray that God would send me to either the Philipiens or Africa!”

Recommended Books:

Missionary Rick Martin tells us that Borden of Yale is his favorite book outside of the Bible.  He told a story about William “Bill” Borden that you can find online on the Yale Standard Archives, about Bill starting a Bible Study in his dorm room that quickly outgrew his room, and by the end of his freshman year at Yale he had over 1,000 students attending his pre-breakfast Bible Study.  One of my favorite quotes from this article on the Yale Standard Archives is, “‘Bill hunts up the worst skunk in College and goes after him,’ said a sailing friend—probably no mean judge of skunks.”

Hudson Taylor God’s Man in China  (The only book Missionary Rick Martin would buy just to read the forward.)

Charles Cowman: Missionary Warrior

Charles Finney

By My Spirit

Contact Information:

The best way to contact Missionary Rick Martin it by e-mail:


He also has a website:



In the early part of the 1970’s, Missionary Rick Martin heard Dr. Jack Hyles preach a sermon entitled “Is There a Hell?”  Missionary Rick Martin tells us three things that will motivate us to do more in the are of missions!

  • The End Times!
  • The Love of God!
  • Is there a hell?

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From our mission field to your mission field, have a great week and God bless!

Missionary Joe Consford