Dr. Baedeker

Genre:Missionary biography
Subject:Dr. Frederick Baedeker
Publisher:Pickering & Inglis

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Dr. Baedeker had reluctantly agreed to attend a series of meetings but would hurriedly leave after each service. At the end of one service, the preacher, Lord Radstock, caught up with him and told him God had a message for him. He followed God's servant and later said about their meeting that day, ‘I went in a proud German infidel, and came out a humble, believing disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ...’ So evident was his conversion that his wife too was influenced and accepted Jesus into her life.
After his conversion, Dr. Baedeker, who was quite feeble and in delicate health stepped out in faith, abandoning his medication and trusting God for his wellbeing. And for forty years enjoyed good health even as he dedicated his life to Christ's service.
After Fraulein Tony's conversion, she dedicated her life and resources to Kingdom service and even opened a mission centre, soon this centre became too small for her work. The need for a bigger space brought her friends and her to God in prayer and while they were still praying, God sent a total stranger to help meet their needs.
Colonel Paschkoff was a devoted follower of Jesus, an influential and wealthy man who served as officer of the Imperial Guards of Russia. For his insistence on evangelizing to his friends and family, he was banished by Emperor Alexandar III for the first time from Russia and banished the second time for forever because he would just not stop doing the Master's bidding.
When asked if her husband carried a weapon for protection given the places he went and kinds of people he mingled with in the course of his ministry, Mrs. Baedeker simply replied that he did not but was by no means defenseless as, “God was his defense!”
Dr. Baedeker was told of a certain district where the men were wild, desperate and murderous; killing and robbing people of their possessions. His remarkable response to this forewarning was, “Tell me all about them, I mean to go there. Those people terribly need the gospel!” Baedeker went in spite of the risk and accomplished his mission unharmed.
An excited mob of unbelievers, were gathered outside the hall where Dr. Baedeker was preaching, shouting; "We will fling him into the lake when he comes out." But by the mercies of God, he was able to safely escape his pursuers.
Dr. Baedeker's Armenian guide became very agitated after they found their selves in the middle of nowhere, having lost their way with nightfall fast approaching. But Dr. Baedeker simply asked that they pray to God to send help and while they were yet praying, the most unlikely help came for them.
A young man testified to Dr. Baedeker of his miraculous deliverance, when in answer to prayer, God sent two strangers to help him and nurse him to health after he lost his horse in an accident while riding across a steppe that left him with a broken leg.
During a massacre of Armenians in Baku during the 1890s, mobs moved house to house, burning them and their occupants to ashes. Patwakan Tarajantz, a Christian interpreter, was at home with his wife and ten children. Faced with what seemed like inevitable death, Patwakan turned to God in prayer and just as the mob reached his home, God sent an unexpected form of deliverance, and the man and his family were spared.
The willingness of the Esthonians to hear the gospel notwithstanding, Dr. Baedeker was faced with strong opposition from certain priests who believed only ordained priests should share the gospel. They went out of their way in an attempt to block him.
Dr. Baedeker forgot the warning of his host to keep away from their woodyard because a brute dog was kept there for security purposes. But as the dog made for him; growling angrily that day, he prayed to God for deliverance and was to the utter amazement of his hosts delivered from the dog.
When the police in Riga would not allow Dr. Baedeker to go ahead with a planned meeting because preaching by “unauthorized persons” was prohibited, he shrewdly found a loophole in the law and took advantage of it to share the gospel over several nights to thousands of people in the city.
In an innovative approach to evangelism, Dr. Baedeker presented a convicted murderer who could not read, with a "Wordless Book" and took the time to lovingly walk the fellow through its three leaves and their meanings. At the end of his visit, the grateful prisoner declared, "thank you, sir, a thousandfold, for bringing such a message to such an unworthy wretch as I am!"
Dr. Baedeker, filled with compassion, arranged to provide a proper meal for over five hundred emigrants and discharged soldiers—all poor and starving—who were aboard a ship with him and heading to different places. He used the opportunity of the meal provided to share with about God, knowing he may likely never see them again.
When a nobleman who had been imprisoned for some crime, then banished to Siberia, asked for help, Dr. Baedeker provided him with money and clothes causing the grateful man to burst into a flood of tears.
Like “bread cast upon the waters” returning “after many days,” Dr. Baedeker was encouraged to meet with a prisoner who had been blessed by his preaching many years before.
Mathilda von Wrede, who clearly had God’s heart, was able to translate the warmth of Dr. Baedeker’s Gospel sermon into Finnish. Previously a university professor had given a sterile translation. While the prisoners were unaffected by the professor's words, they were moved to tears when they heard Baedeker address them as “beloved friends.”
Despite his tendency for violence, unwillingness to see her and hear what she had to say, Baroness von Wrede continued to pray for, and visit a hardened prisoner with the message of salvation until at last he surrendered to the One who says, "I will in no wise reject him that comes.”
"Our house belongs to the Lord Jesus, therefore regard it as your dwelling-place whenever you come to Baku” were the sweet words of Dr. Baedeker's Christian hosts, and so warm was their hospitality that he remarked; "We may teach them from the Word; but they act the Word, and leave us far behind.”
While traveling in Sweden, Dr. Baedeker gave a tract to an agnostic woman, lovingly challenging her to read and think about it. After more conversation, he gave her his card and asked her to promise to let him know when she had finally met Jesus. Eight years later, he got a letter. She had come to faith in Jesus!
Not minding the difficulty of travel and immense risk to his life, Dr. Baedeker delighted in his missionary journeys in the Ararat vicinity. All that mattered to him was the downtrodden in need of cheer and the Christians to be nourished with the word of God.
A protestant believer originally from Russia shared with Dr. Baedeker the great persecution his family had to endure because of their faith in Jesus, not from the government or State church but from a merciless mob led by neighbors and even more sadly, an enemy within; his very own brother.
For accepting Christ and daring to take a stand for him, a believer and his family were subjected to the most cruel forms of torture, starvation, exploitation, stigmatization and imprisonment.
After months of intense persecution and mindless torture which culminated in his being imprisoned by his persecutors, a believer was able to by the mercies of God, get wind of plans to exile him and successfully escape from prison, taking along his wife and children before his persecutors could carryout their evil plan.
As the curtains drew on Dr. Baedeker, his last moments were not spent in fear of death, rather with joy he continued to declare until his triumphant exit, "I AM GOING IN TO SEE THE KING IN HIS BEAUTY!"
Dr. Baedeker had a most interesting conversation with a Muslim. The man wanted to know what Baedeker thought about the prophet Mohammed. The doctor answered by asking another question which got the Mohammedan to see the obvious need for the Savior; Jesus Christ.