Maria A. Gerber (1858-1917), an early Pentecostal missionary who established an orphanage in Turkey for victims of the Armenian genocide, has been largely forgotten. Gerber was born in Switzerland, where in 1889 she experienced a revival featuring speaking in tongues and healings.
In her 1917 book, Passed Experiences, Present Conditions, Hope for the Future, Gerber recounted that she received the gift of speaking in English in that early Swiss revival. She went to Turkey in 1898 as a missionary to Armenian refugees and later identified with the Assemblies of God. Gerber's obituary, published in the Pentecostal Evangel, stated that she was known as "the angel of mercy to the downtrodden Armenians."
Gerber wrote a letter, published in the February 12, 1916, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel, in which she described the conditions of war-torn Turkey and the children in her orphanage.
Read the article, "The Orphan Work in Turkey," on page 12 of the February 12, 1916, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
Also featured in this issue:
* "Incidents of the Spirit's Work from 1901 to 1904," by B. F. Lawrence
* "Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in Post-Apostolic Times," by William G. Schell
* "Praying Always," by Stanley H. Frodsham
And many more!
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Read Maria A. Gerber's obituary in the January 5, 1918, edition of the Pentecostal Evangel (p. 13) here.