Religion: Fastest-Growing Church In the Hemisphere

"We never want to go over the heads of the people," says Jesus Perez, pastor of Puerto Rico's largest Pentecostal Church. "We want to go directly to their hearts." Never swerving from this philosophy, the Pentecostals have won converts almost faster than they can be totally immersed. Booming throughout the world, the Pentecostal movement has attracted the nominally Roman Catholic people of Latin America with a missionary effort that makes it the fastest-growing Protestant church in the Western Hemisphere.

Although the Pentecostals are not as adept at head counting as at soul saving, there is little doubt that they outnumber traditional Protestants...

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