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Letwaba, Elias
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Elias Letwaba (1870–1959) joined the John G. Lake revival in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, after a long search for intense spiritual meaning in various Protestant churches, including the Lutheran Church of the Berlin Missionary Society. Someone referred him to the “Zulu Mission” where Lake and his entourage of missionaries had just begun a powerful revival meeting. Immediately the two connected.

According to Lake there were at least two “Native” evangelists that impressed him the most; Edward “Lion” Motaung and Elias Letwaba. Motaung was the “unculture…

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Mochechane, Steve, “Letwaba, Elias”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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