“Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain.”--ZECH. x., 1.


Since I heard of the wonderful outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout the world, as in the days of Pentecost, my heart got very hungry for this blessed experience, for I knew that when I should receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as the early disciples, my life and work should be more measured up with the Word of God.

Since the day of my conversion, twenty years ago, I have worked for God and have won many souls for Him.

I am so thankful to God that I can look back on my life as a life spent for Jesus.

Not that I am satisfied, but Jesus has helped me all the way along.

I praise His Holy Name that I never have gone back when He called me to obey. It was often with great sacrifice, and often with great pain, that I gave everything up for Jesus, and often I suffered much for His Name’s sake, but oh, the love of Jesus has always been enough for me, glory to His Name, He has always given me power to go forward and to follow Him wherever He wanted me to go. Hallelujah.

I knew that I had received the Holy Spirit in a measure, but when I read my Bible and the life of the early Christians, I always felt I lacked something. I was living far beneath my privileges. It was the Pentecostal Baptism that I needed, power from on high, to be a witness for Christ, as He Himself had commanded. “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto Me.”--Acts i., 8.

The 29th of October last year my dear wife received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with signs following. That was a great joy for me. I shall never forget that evening, it was glorious, and from that time I began to seek more earnestly.

The first days after my wife was baptized, God blessed me very much, and I received many anointings of the Holy Spirit, but did not receive my Pentecost.

I never stopped praying. I was sure the promise was for all. Acts ii., 39.

Once in a prayer meeting a message came in tongues, “Pray on, continue in prayer, all your prayers are kept in God’s bank, and one day they will come back to you with large interest.”

I prayed on and said, “If I have to pray ten years, I will pray ten years, until I have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

There was such a blessing in waiting upon God. He was teaching me wonderfully all these eight months. I saw some going back, but it never discouraged me. I was sure that I was in God’s way, and seeking after God’s best, and to-day I thank God for these eight months of waiting.

When I received your invitation card for the Conference in Sunderland, I was longing to go, but I thought it was impossible for me to go because we had also meetings in Amsterdam during the Whitsuntide.

My dear wife, who was always praying for me, said, “You must go to the Conference, don’t trouble yourself for the meetings, I will preach for you. You go to Sunderland and seek your Baptism.”

God opened the way in every respect, and our dear Bro. Kök, who was baptized in January last, and I went together to Sunderland. We left the 2nd of June and arrived in Sunderland on the 3rd.

Dear Pastor Boddy welcomed us and invited us to come to the evening meeting, which was held for baptized ones only, but, being a visitor, I could come too.

I testified there, and asked the brothers and sisters to pray for me, that God would baptize me during the Conference.

A short conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Boddy after the meeting troubled me very much, because Mrs. Boddy said to me, “You must believe that the Comforter has come, that He is in you; you know that you are sanctified, and now you must glorify Jesus and praise Him, because the Holy Spirit is in you.”


The next day, in the afternoon, we had a little prayer meeting in the Vicarage, with about seven of us. I went on my knees and said, “Lord, here I am,” acknowledging that the Holy Spirit had come into me, and I praised Him and waited on God. I knew my heart was right with God, and I had only one desire--to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as did the first disciples on Pentecost. I did not want this precious blessing for my own honour or glory, but only that I might be more used in the saving of souls, and above all, I wanted the blessing to glorify Jesus. “He shall glorify me, for He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”--John xvi., 14.

Mr. and Mrs. Boddy were led by God to lay hands on me, and prayed. I was waiting on the Lord, and after a few minutes I felt that my body was shaking a little and the warm streams of fire were flowing through me.

A great joy came in my heart, and I felt the wonderful presence of God very near me. I had to praise Him, and praised Him for the simple way He came to me. Then I said, “Lord, give me the Bible evidence that I have received the Baptism as the first disciples did, and suddenly my tongue began to move in my mouth. I tried to stop it, because it was so strange to me, but Mrs. Boddy said, “Be not ashamed, yield your tongue to the Holy Spirit.” I did so, and began to speak a few sentences in tongues, and sang.

Oh, what a great love for the world came into my heart. When I went out, I felt I had to go to everyone on the street and tell them about the love of Jesus. I was so happy that God had given me my heart’s desire before the Conference began. We had a blessed time during the Conference. It was wonderful.

I was very much touched by the testimony of a lady in a meeting during the Conference, whom I had never met before. She said, “There sits a brother,” pointing to me, “whom I saw in a vision in the month of April, and the last fourteen days I had to pray for him when I went on my knees. His face came before me, and I felt burdened with prayers for him.”

She told me that as soon as she saw me she knew me from her vision, and a brother, to whom she had described me before she went to Sunderland, knew me too. May God bless her and lead her to pray continually for me, so that I may be used by Him.

The Conference has been a great blessing to me, and God has taught me very much by all that was spoken. There was a spiritual fellowship between the baptized brothers and sisters of the world. God bless the happy English, Scotch, Welsh, and Norwegian brothers, and others from different parts of the world.

After the Conference I went to Bedford to spend a few days with the dear Mr. Cecil H. Polhill. God has blessed me there very much, from the first day the Holy Spirit came mightily upon me. Instead of a few days, I stayed four weeks. God shewed me that I had to stay here to receive more from Him and to be a blessing for others.

During these weeks a few brothers and sisters received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and about sixteen decided for Christ in the open-air meetings.

I am now back in Holland, believing that God will bless us wonderfully. Pray for us! May the Lord bless you and dear Mrs. Boddy, and make Sunderland a place where thousands will find their Pentecost as I did.


Yours wholly for Christ,







From: Confidence, No. 5, August 15th 1908, pag. 16-18, Sunderland, England