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Mathews, Thomas
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Thomas Mathews (1944–2005) was one of the most effective Indian Pentecostal leaders. He was a missionary, teacher, preacher, and writer. Due to his courage to take the Christian message to Rajasthan, the desert state of India, he is known as “the Apostle of the Desert.” Mathews was born in Punaloor, Kerala to Pentecostal parents. As they considered him as an answer to their prayers for having children after four years of their marriage, they dedicated him to the service of the Lord. While doing his Bachelor degree in Physics in the University of Kerala, he had a miraculous escape from drow…

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Lukose, Wessly, “Mathews, Thomas”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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