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The success of smaller congregations in Latin America and Africa is linked to their openness to the supernatural experience, Farone said. Poor parishioners feel they can contribute to the congregation by interpreting the word of God, despite living in hardship.
"You can’t preach wealth in these places," he said. "Smaller churches have bigger hearts."
Adrian Tigmo has been attending service at Three Crosses for more than 20 years. The 64-year-old said he believes messages in tongues have declined because people outside the faith have been critical of the practice.
While he prays in tongues during worship, he does so quietly and to himself — not aloud for the congregation to hear.
For him, the resurgence of speaking in tongues in church depends on people leading by example. He said, "People can’t just give up."
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