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Azusa Street Revival
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The Apostolic Faith Mission, 312 Azusa Street in Los Angeles, California was the center of the Azusa Street Revival, which ran from April 1906 through 1909. It began in a cottage prayer meeting that quickly exploded into a global movement of churches highlighting the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Joseph Smale, formerly a Baptist pastor, had visited the Welsh Revival (1904–1905) and returned to Los Angeles, urging Christians to pray for revival. Christians in many churches joined him with great expectancy, as prayer meetings sprang up around the city. The African American preacher, W…

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Robeck, Cecil M., “Azusa Street Revival”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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