Visions Beyond the Veil (2)
excerpts from readers
Here is an especially revealing book with a window on new
worlds - a realm which some have dreamed of, but never knew existed.
It was in this "realm of the Spirit" in which H.A.
Baker lived for more than fifty years after his baptism in the
But even before receiving the baptism, the Lord had blessed the
Bakers with much fruitful labor in Tibet. They were in Tibet
from 1911 to 1919 , under the sponsorship of a denominational
group. Man had told them that it was impossible to convert even
one Tibetan to Christ. But in a period of six years, they had
learned the language and developed a love for the people which
was so intense that they had no desire to come back to America.
The hearts of the Tibetans opened more and more to the Gospel,
and the prospects for a strong work seemed very promising.
However, Josephine battled with much sickness, and finally it
was necessary for them to come back home. It seemed that they
might never return to the mission field. But God had a purpose
in bringing them home; both of them received the baptism in the
Shortly thereafter, a letter came from Allen Swift (who had prayed
for the Bakers that they might receive the Holy Ghost), saying
that if they would return to the mission field at once, his church
would give them one thousand dollars travel fare.
So they were literally propelled a second time into missionary
orbit, but this time, the Lord indicated that they were to go
to China, and that they were to be faith missionaries with no
The ministry in China was exciting. In the southwest corner of
Yunnan, the most southwest province of China, was a little town
of 5,000 called Kotchiu. The Bakers were warned that Kotchiu
was in the hands of brigand robbers. In fact, it was said to
be the worst town in all China . But the Bakers settled there
in the midst of vile and sinful surroundings, and began to let
the Light of God shine out..
Almost immediately, they were conscious of the many teenage beggar
boys who were starving and dying in the streets. That was when
they decided to open the Adullam Home. In addition to dysentery
and other internal diseases, the boys had terrible sores all
over their bodies. Josephine found real joy and satisfaction
in removing their filthy rags and giving them baths. Disheveled
hair was cut and clean clothes were given them. Their sores healed
rapidly as they responded to the love of Jesus
There were forty boys in the Home when the great miracle took
place. There was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the like of
which is recorded in few pieces of Christian literature. They
fell prostrate on the floor under the power of God. While in
the Spirit, they saw into the next world. They saw angels and
talked with them; they played in the wonderful parks of Paradise;
they saw the saints of old.
This outpouring went on for days and days. Little children preached
under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The lowest, most outcast
beggar boys saw revelations of invisible worlds and the glories
of the redeemed.
Because I was his editor and publisher, Mr. Baker and I were
in constant communication during the last four years of his life
and ministry. it was through these letters that I learned of
his experiences in China
After the communist take-over, Mr. Baker fled to Formosa where
he ministered until his death on November 3, 1971. On that morning,
Brother Baker strapped on his battery-operated PA system, shouldered
a bag of tracts, and walked on foot down the lane in Miaoli,
spreading the Good Seed. He arrived back home before lunch and
busied himself typing a letter to a friend in the States. The
native cook looked in at the door and called him to eat. She
said that he smiled as he answered but seemed in no hurry to
arise. When she returned later in the afternoon, she found him
slumped over his typewriter unconscious. On Sunday morning around
two o'clock, his heart finally stopped beating.
On Tuesday, in accordance with his wishes, a very simple funeral
service was held outside his home. It was attended by those to
whom he had faithfully ministered, together with a few missionary
friends. He is buried beside his wife, Josephine, in LiShan,
Miaoli, awaiting the sounding of the last trump.