About the Author
John Graham Lake (1870-1935) was born in St. Mary's,
Ontario, Canada. While he was still a child, his parents moved to
the United States. At the age of twenty-one, he became a Methodist
minister; however, he chose to start a newspaper in Harvey,
Illinois, instead of accepting a church ministry. From the
newspaper business, Lake expanded his career pursuits by opening a
real estate office in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and then in 1904
he bought a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade. Through his real
estate deals and his business acumen in insurance and investments,
Lake amassed a sizeable fortune by today's standards.
In the meantime, his wife Jennie had suffered with a prolonged,
progressively debilitating illness, but she was miraculously
delivered under the ministry of John Alexander Dowie in April 1898.
This experience forever altered the direction of John G. Lake's
life and ministry.
During his business life, Lake had made it a practice of speaking
somewhere practically every night, after which he joined
like-minded friends in seeking the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Finally, while he and another minister were praying for an invalid
woman, he experienced profound "currents of power" rushing through
his entire being, and the woman was instantaneously healed.
In the spring of 1907, Lake closed his office for good and disposed
of his bank accounts and all his real estate holdings by giving
everything away to charity. He then began an independent
evangelistic work with a single dollar in his pocket, being
absolutely dependent on God for his every need. Lake went wherever
the Lord directed him, and he and his family and his ministerial
team were always well provided for, most often just at the moment
when the provision was needed.
Lake is probably best remembered for his missionary work in South
Africa, but his ministry in the United States was also powerful.
One hundred thousand healings were recorded in five years at the
Lake Healing Rooms in Spokane, Washington. Dr. Ruthledge of
Washington, D.C., called Spokane "the healthiest city in the world"
as a result.
What Lake accomplished as a result of his intense regard for the
Word of God is an example to all Christians of what is possible for
any person who will believe and act on the Scriptures.