Sunday, August 9, 2009
Healing Evangelist John G. Lake 1870-1935
As we look back at the past we can draw inspiration from some of the great evangelists that God has used to win many to Christ. Each has their own peculiarities and methodologies. Over the next few days I shall look at some of people that I have found of interest.
John G. Lake was born in Canada in 1870 and moved to Michigan with his parents in 1886. He was admitted to the Methodist ministry in 1891, but resigned and became a successful businessman instead.
He was forced into the healing ministry when a crisis hit his home and that of his parents. Eight of the sixteen children died because of disease while four others were seriously ill, including Lake's wife. At that crucial time (1898) Alexander Dowie held a crusade at which Lake's wife received miraculous healing and the four other members of the family also were healed. Lake then perceived sickness as being from the devil, and he began to pray for the sick and saw many recovered.
In 1908, he felt God's call to go to Africa where many miracles and healings took place. During a five year period of ministry in South Africa he established 125 white and 500 black congregations. These churches formed "The Apostolic Faith Mission," the largest Pentecostal denomination in South Africa.
On returning to America he founded a church in Spokane and started healing rooms where over 100,000 healings were recorded. He also started a church in Portland, Oregon, in which Gordon Lindsay was converted. Lindsay stated that Lake "had the ability to build faith in his audiences as no other man of his time."
He pastored a local church, but also continued to function as an active traveling evangelist until his death in Spokane, Washington.