Latino Pentecostal Healing in the North American Borderlands

Gastón Espinosa

in Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195393408
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894390 | DOI:
Latino Pentecostal Healing in the North American Borderlands

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This chapter argues that the U.S. Latino pentecostal and evangélico (evangelical) movement has engaged in divine healing practices for almost a century, and that the emphasis given divine healing is a major reason there are now 9 million Latino Protestants in the UNITED STATES, two-thirds of whom self-identify as Pentecostal or Charismatic. Latino pentecostal evangelists like Francisco Olazábal (1886–1937), the focus here, conducted large-scale evangelistic and healing services throughout the United States, borderlands, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Pentecostalism offered an alternative to seeking healing from folk healers, curandero/as, spiritualists, or medical doctors. Healing interfaced with the spirit-world of the Mexican imagination and offered to meet practical material and economic needs. Resisting Euro American paternalism, Olazábal used converts—significantly allowing women in ministry—to help plant indigenous and autonomous Latino churches and missions. Olazábal’s Latin American Council of Christian Churches institutionalized and spread the practice of mixing healing, evangelism, and socio-cultural empowerment.

Keywords: Latino; Pentecostal; Francisco Olazábal; United States; borderlands; Mexico; Puerto Rico; evangélico; evangelical; women in ministry; evangelism

Chapter.  9146 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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