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Global Awakenings: Divine Healing Networks and Global Community in North America, Brazil, Mozambique, and Beyond

Candy Gunther Brown

in Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195393408
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894390 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393408.003.0018
Global Awakenings: Divine Healing Networks and Global Community in North America, Brazil, Mozambique, and Beyond

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Global Awakening (GA), founded by Randy Clark of the “Toronto Blessing,” headquartered in Pennsylvania, active in thirty-six countries, prominently Brazil, Mozambique, and India, exemplifies transnational Charismatic networks whose healing practices fuel church growth. Exemplifying “Godly Love,” leaders of GA and affiliates Iris Ministries in Mozambique (Heidi and Rolland Baker), and prophetic-worship, music band Casa de Davi in Brazil (Davi Silva), avoid “Prosperity” but avowedly experienced divine love through healing, motivating cross-cultural benevolence. Christians in North America and Brazil identify as community members in a church universal. Shifting philosophies of short-term missions as reciprocal reverse patterns of colonialism and cultural imperialism, yet overlook complicity in material contexts of globalization. GA exports healing and evangelism models developed in Latin America, repackaged to promote democratization, emphasizing capacity of “ordinary” laity as agents of healing through “impartation.” Supernaturalism returns to the United States and Canada through rituals that assume activity of angels and demons.

Keywords: Brazil; Mozambique; United States; Canada; Charismatic; Godly Love; cultural imperialism; impartation; democratization; supernaturalism

Chapter.  8774 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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