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Regional Discourses on Society and History

Shaping the Caribbean

Edited By Jerome Teelucksingh and Shane Pantin

This book thematically analyses and surveys areas of Caribbean history and society. The work is divided into three parts: part one addresses migration and identity; part two explores policy and development; and part three explores music and literature. The volume places a fresh perspective on these topics. The essays depart from the usual broader themes of politics, economics and society and provide a deeper insight into forces that left a decisive legacy on aspects of the Caribbean region. Such contributions come at a time when some of the Caribbean territories are marking over 50 years as independent nation states and attempting to create, understand and forge ways of dealing with critical national and regional issues. The volume brings together a broad group of scholars writing on Caribbean issues including postgraduate students, lecturers, and researchers. Each chapter is thematically divided into the aforementioned areas. This book addresses areas much deeper than the linear historical and social science models, and it offers Caribbean academics and researchers a foundation for further research.

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4. From PAOC to PAWI: The Transition to Regional Leadership, Global Influences, Internal Forces and Pentecostal Expansion in Trinidad, 1964–2002 (Aakeil Murray)


4. From PAOC to PAWI: The Transition to Regional Leadership, Global Influences, Internal Forces and Pentecostal Expansion in Trinidad, 1964–2002

Aakeil Murray

The Azusa Street Revival, largely considered by various scholars as the major catalyst for the rapid growth of Pentecostalism in the 20th century, took place in California, Los Angeles from 1906. The Pentecostal revival which ran for over three years, gave birth to a number of Pentecostal churches and organizations in North America and across the globe as various persons visited the services before returning home or venturing to foreign lands to spread the message. The PAOC, which was officially formed in Toronto, Canada in 1919, was also heavily influenced by the events at Azusa, since one of its founding members—R.E. McAlister visited the revival before returning home with its teachings. After initially joining ranks with the Assemblies of God, a US based Pentecostal institution in 1920, the PAOC set out on its own from 1925 with an agreement to focus its missionary efforts on the islands of the British West Indies.1 Through the efforts of pioneer missionary couple Robert and Elizabeth Jamieson, other missionaries and regional and local workers that followed, the PAOC was able to establish churches on the islands of Montserrat, Trinidad, Barbados and Antigua by 1946. In Trinidad, the institution established its first church in Woodbrook in 19232 before establishing other churches in the northern and eastern parts of the island, eventually expanding to south Trinidad from the...

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