Mexican Pentecostals in American During the Great Depression
While the Incomparable Misery (starting in 1929) influenced everybody in the United States, it was especially obliterating to displaced people who had fled the Mexican Transformation. More than one million individuals left the viciousness and destitution of Mexico and moved to the United States somewhere around 1910 and 1920. By 1932, around 200,000 of those displaced people had come back to Mexico on the grounds that they were not able to discover haven or sustenance in the United States.
It was amid this monetary downturn that awesome development happened in the Gatherings of God among Mexicans in the United States and in Mexico. H. C. Ball, the unbelievable Congregations of God minister to Hispanics, expounded on these battles and development in an article distributed in the February 13, 1932, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
Ball noted that most Mexican-American Pentecostals were poor workers who had encountered noteworthy hardship. Indeed the offspring of displaced people who had been conceived in America “have been oppressed most treacherously,” Ball noted. Anyhow amidst this social and financial tumult, he reported that “[t]he poor, ravenous, confused Mexican individuals are turning to God.”
Gatherings of God Mexican missions in San Antonio and El Paso had limit swarms. Understudies from Latin America Scripture Foundation were fanning out among the Mexican groups, seeing of Christ’s sparing and mending force. “While material gifts appear to be taken from [Mexican-Americans]”, Ball related, “otherworldly favors have unquestionably taken their spot.”
New changes over spread the Pentecostal message in their country when they came back to Mexico. They drove relatives to Christ and began houses of worship, in spite of laws that limited the quantity of religious laborers and structures. Ball composed, “The gospel must be lectured in Mexico, it may mean suffering and jail, yet it must be lectured.”
The situation was anything but favorable for the Mexican-American Pentecostals. They were a minimized ethnic minority in the United States and an oppressed religious minority in Mexico. Be that as it may they showed remarkable quality, which they drew from their nearby association with God. “We don’t have a craving for getting disheartened due to the harsh times,” Ball composed, “for we feel that the Master is close.”