uncertainties threatened to undermine the young Assemblies of God in its first
decade. A largely unheralded elderly believer, Emily Baker (1833-1922) of San
Diego, California, provided resources that allowed the Assemblies of God
national office and publishing house to pay its debts and to move to a better
The April 29, 1922, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel published a tribute to Baker upon her death, noting that she made two large financial gifts at critical junctures in the history of the Assemblies of God. The article explained that in 1917, Gospel Publishing House (GPH), then located in St. Louis, Missouri, "was struggling for its very existence." Baker responded to this need and gave $3,000, which allowed GPH to satisfy its debts and to lay plans for a better location. The following year, Baker provided another $3,500 to purchase a building in Springfield, Missouri.
Assemblies of God Chairman E. N. Bell told Baker that her gifts helped the young organization to survive during those early, trying years. The article recounted that "she wept for joy" upon learning that her first gift "helped to keep things going" and that over $250,000 had since been distributed to missionaries around the world.
Read the article, "A Succourer of Many," on page 7 of the April 29, 1922, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
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* "A Greater Pentecost"
* "How the Lord Healed Me of Tuberculosis," by Ira Moses
* "T.N.T. and the Bible," by Lyell Rader
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