One of the Indians came to me and said, “Bro. Tom . . . we want you to
pray for us every day, that we may have the baptism of the Holy Ghost . . .
forever. . . .”
[T]he cry . . . from these diVerent tribes among the mountains has gone
up to our Heavenly Father, and He will answer it . . . God will satisfy the
longing of these precious souls. . . .
Yours, T. Hezmalhalch
Africa was one of the first continents Seymour and Azusa missionaries tar-
geted for conversion. Lucy Farrow, Julia Hutchins, S. J. and Ardella Mead,
Daniel Awrey, Ansel Post, John Lake, H. M. Turney, the Frank Cummings
family, and others led groups to Liberia, Egypt, South Africa, and elsewhere
from 1906 to 1911. There is little doubt that they targeted these countries
and colonies because they spoke English and were part of the British or
American overseas colonial empire, which provided a measure of political
protection, religious freedom, and personal safety.
Farrow was born into slavery in Norfolk, Virginia, prior to 1865. She was the
niece of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and served as Charles Parham’s gov-
erness. She attended Parham’s meetings, pastored a black holiness mission in
Houston where she met Seymour, and asked him to serve as interim pastor
while she traveled with Parham’s family to Kansas. Seymour later invited her
to attend Bonnie Brae and then Azusa, where she was known for her ability
to lead people into the Spirit baptism. She spent seven months preaching in
Johnsonville, Liberia, before returning in 1908 and preaching throughout
the American South.
report on lucy farrow’s ministry in liberia
(AF, October to January 1908, 1)
Our dear Sister Farrow, who was one of the first to bring Pentecost to Los
Angeles, went to Africa and spent seven months at Johnsonville, 25 miles
from Monrovia, Liberia, in that most deadly climate. She has now returned
and has a wonderful story to tell. Twenty souls received their Pentecost,
numbers were saved sanctified and healed. The Lord had given her the
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