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Paraguay is a land-locked country in South America of 7 million people (CIA 2019). The Philadelphia Evangelical Church arrived in 1938 and the Assemblies of God in 1945. The Church of God (Cleveland, TN) started in 1954. For many years, Pentecostal growth was limited. More successful was a unique local brand of Pentecostalism: El Pueblo de Dios (The People of God), founded in 1963. The last U.S. Pentecostal church arrived in 1985: the Foursquare Church. That same year, Pastor Emilio Abreu founded the Centro Familiar de Adoración megachurch.

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Gooren, Henri, “Paraguay”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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