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Rice The Missionary

 
 
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By Devry Jones, March 11, 2018
1. Rice The Missionary Marker
Inscription.
Luther Rice was one of the first foreign missionaries from the United States. Along with Adoniram Judson and three others, he was ordained a Congregationalist missionary in 1812. In India he and the Judsons accepted the Baptist view of Baptism, joined a Baptist church, and consequently resigned as Congregationalist missionary. Rice returned to America to solicit support for himself and the Judsons from the Baptists.

Rice has been called the Father of American Baptist Foreign Missions. His consuming desire was to bring the Kingdom of God on Earth. He gave himself untiringly to informing Baptists of their mission opportunities and responsibilities, Rice so inspired his listeners to missionary concern that Baptist missionary societies were formed almost everywhere he spoke.

He was among the first to envision a national convention of Baptists composed of representatives of many bodies associating themselves in behalf of missions. This vision achieved substance when the General Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States for foreign missions — the so-called "Triennial Convention" — was formed in 1814.

Both Rice and Judson were appointed missionaries by the Board of the Triennial Convention. However, Rice was asked to remain temporarily in this country and continue his outstanding
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By Devry Jones, March 11, 2018
2. Rice The Missionary Marker
work in promoting missions. Rice never returned to India, though he dreamed for years of rejoining Judson.

Until his death in 1836, Rice challenged Baptists in America to give and pray for missions, both foreign and "domestic," and to provide adequate training for those who felt called to God to become missionaries.

Presented by
Woman's Baptist Missionary Organization
Washington, D.C.
 
Erected by Woman's Baptist Missionary Organization, Washington, D.C.
 
Location. 39° 1.895′ N, 77° 1.315′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from University Boulevard West (Maryland Route 193) north of Eisner Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring MD 20901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rice The Journalist (a few steps from this marker); Rice The Educator (a few steps from this marker); Luther Rice (a few steps from this marker); Rice The Organizer (a few steps from this marker); Rachel Carson (approx. 0.9 miles away); Burnt Mills (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Rachel Carson Greenway (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Fall Line and the Gorge (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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