Asian Pentecostalism

Revivals, mega-churches, and social engagement

Authored by: Terence Chong , Daniel P.S. Goh

Routledge Handbook of Religions in Asia

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415635035
eBook ISBN: 9781315758534
Adobe ISBN: 9781317636465


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Emulating the early apostles, a cancer-stricken John Sung (Song Shangjie) convalescing on the Western Hills of Beijing in 1941 wrote 19 letters to the evangelical bands that he set up all over China and among the overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. Sung had visited Singapore seven times and travelled through the region. His first visit to Singapore in 1935 fired up the Chinese Christians in the colonial metropolis. Sung preached 40 times in 14 days at the Telok Ayer Methodist Church in the heart of the Chinese section of town. He preached in Mandarin, dramatized Biblical sayings and stories with the help of chalk and blackboard, and broke into songs spontaneously. His farewell rally saw a packed 1,300-strong congregation inside the church, with many more listening to him through loudspeakers outside the church. Sung’s trip led to thousands of conversions and a hundred evangelical bands (Levi 2008: 316–317; Lyall 2004 [1954]: 186–188).

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