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My Journey: An Autobiography of Dr. Lula Baird

By Dr. Lula Baird
(Turlock, CA: The Author, 2004, pp. 196, paperback)

If you visit Grace Assembly of God in the modern metropolis of Singapore, you would not imagine its humble beginnings. Now a dual-site church with 4,000 in attendance each weekend, it began after World War II as Missionary Lula Baird gathered together a Chinese congregation largely comprised of children, youth, and less educated adults. Many would be satisfied with one such ministry result, but this was only one of the many accomplishments of a woman known affectionately as “Mrs. Baird” by her Chinese friends. Her approach at Grace Assembly typified much of her ministry to the Chinese – reaching the young, finding someone to continue to the work, and moving on to other fields of harvest. In My Journey, this amazing woman shares the story of her life and ministry.

Since she was saved in a revival meeting in Oakland, California, Lula never received more than a Bible institute education. However, she more than compensated with an infectious love for people, a simple, unquenchable faith, and a passion to win the lost.

Along with starting Grace Assembly and ministering in various churches in Asia, Cuba, and the United States, Baird planted three other Chinese congregations that are thriving today: Faith Assembly in Singapore, the Ipoh Assembly in Malaysia, and Full Life Christian Center in San Francisco. Other Chinese churches planted by her and still active today can be found in San Jose, Sacramento, and Modesto, California.

The adversities Baird encountered would have caused many to give up: The death of her husband Vallance, colorectal cancer, phlebitis, and several accidents that resulted in serious injuries. Through faith she received healing for each illness and injury. At the age of 68, the New York District asked her to go to Bethel Chinese Assembly of God in New York City’s Chinatown to help a small, discouraged congregation back to life. At the age of 88 she officially retired, but continued to remain active in ministry. Until the last several years she has made regular preaching trips to Singapore and Malaysia. Now 99, she continues to encourage the churches in Northern California with occasional visits. Clearly this apostle to the Chinese doesn’t plan to fully retire until heaven.

You may purchase this book for $10, plus $2 shipping from Dr. Lula Baird, 875 Park St., Turlock, CA 95380-4677 (phone: 209-668-0407).

Reviewed by Yen Sha Lim, an ordained Assemblies of God minister.