â€œSince â€¦ 1816,(just over a year and all on horseback) I have traveled 6,600 miles â€“ in populous and dreary portions of country â€“ through wilderness and over rivers â€“ across mountains and valleys â€“ in heat and cold â€“ by day and by night â€“ in weariness, and painfulness, and fastings, and loneliness; but not a moment has been lost for want of health; no painful calamity has fallen to my lot; no peril has closed upon me; nor has fear been permitted to prey on my spirits; nor even inquietude to disturb my peace.â€ Through all these travels, Rice preached nearly every day. Cathedral or cottage, it did not matter. Preaching the good news of Jesus Christ and the call to missions was his passion.Luther Rice was often criticized for not going on to the mission field. This hurt him very deeply. He never married and was constantly lonely. He died on September 25, 1836. 173 years ago a great man went to heaven. I am begging God to give us many more men like Luther Rice. Who will go? Who will raise up others to go? When was the last time someone surrendered to go from your church?
I woke up this morning with an awesome weight of world evangelism on me! I felt agony about all those that are dying and going to Hell without a gospel witness. I prayed for the world. I begged God to send forth laborers to His harvest. It is so easy to get used to your ministry. To see it as the main goal but the goal is that Jesus would be glorified all over the world. That His gospel would be preached to the ends of the world. How can we relax? How can we eat, drink, and sleep as though nothing mattered but what I am doing and where I am? I thought of the millions who have never heard. I begged God to show me what I could do to be more effective in getting the gospel to the world. We can not be satisfied. I was so burdened today that I can not explain to you what I felt. I beg God to do it to you too! Tomorrow will be the anniversary of the death of a great man. His name was Luther Rice. He was a friend to Adoniram Judson. He spent his life raising mission awareness around the US. He was greatly used of God and very under appreciated until after his death.