“God Made a Miracle in My Life”: Latino Pentecostal Healing in the Borderlands

Gastón Espinosa

in Religion and Healing in America

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167962
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850150 | DOI:
“God Made a Miracle in My Life”: Latino Pentecostal Healing in the Borderlands

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This chapter explores the life and ministry of one of the most famous Pentecostal healing evangelists, Francisco Olazábal (1886–1937). The Latino Pentecostal and Charismatic movement that he helped propagate has grown from one Mexican participant at the Azusa Street Revival in 1906 to more than nine million Latino practitioners in 2002. The key to Olazábal's ministry and those of other Latino Pentecostal evangelists engaged in faith healing lie in their emphasis on the holistic relationship between body, mind, and spirit, and their conviction that sickness, disease, and illness are the result of supernatural forces. This conviction is prevalent throughout popular Catholicism, curanderismo or folk healing, spiritualism, spiritism, and some other Latino metaphysical traditions. This chapter also traces the history of Latinos' participation at the Azusa Street Revival and the emergence of American Pentecostalism focused on healing, empowerment, and cultural liberation.

Keywords: Francisco Olazábal; Pentecostalism; Catholicism; faith healing; evangelists; Azusa Street Revival; empowerment; body; mind; spirit

Chapter.  6351 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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