John Alexander Dowie
John Alexander Dowie was born in 1847 in Edinburg, Scotland. By the age of 30 he was in full time ministry, but the power of GOD was woefully lacking. Tragedy struck while he was pastoring a church in Sydney, Australia in the form of a deadly plague which drove Dowie to seek GOD for a solution. The solution he discovered was that satan was the defiler, who caused all sickness and suffering, but Christ was the Healer. With that conviction he began praying for the sick with great success. His evangelistic/healing ministry led him to the United States, and eventually to Chicago, Illinois. Dowie had great results when he prayed for the sick. With authority he commanded the sicknesses to leave, the diseases to die, and the sick to be made whole. Amazing miracles was the usual result. He gained such a following that he and his disciples purchased land north of Chicago where they built the city of Zion, Illinois. Dowie became bedfast the last few months of his life, but mighty miracles of healing were still reported as a result of his prayers right up until the time of his death in 1907.