Azusa Street, Los Angeles, California, has for Pentecostal Churches a kind of special status. Many dream of having such an awakening in their neighbourhoods, or see it as a living proof of the miracle working God they serve. William J. Seymour, a one-eyed 34 year old son of former slave, led its initial stage, but many more young teenagers were actively participating in healing sick, raising deads and experiencing God’s glory in a kind of visible mist in their midst. Started in April 1906 the Azusa Street Revival lasted for 3.5 years, and impacted the lives of many. From 1960-1966, author Tommy Welchel lived as young adult among the then elderly people who eye witnessed Azusa Street miracles themselves. Tommy recorded first-hand accounts of the miracles and now published a second set of stories with co-author Michelle Griffith, as a sequel to They Told Me Their Stories. Only looking back would be a waste of time, testifies one eye witness. Though not always combined with a thick mist (labeled shekinah glory) God continued and continues intervening in lives, healing, liberating, curing and reparing. Welchel’s stories in the second part of this book are taken from different places and churches throughout the US and abroad.
About the author
Tommy Welchel grew up in poverty in a welfare family. His alcoholic father was violently abusive and in and out of prison due to drunkenness and illegal activities. His mother was completely illiterate, but she knew Tommy was going to be a “preacher man someday because God told her.” Tommy dropped out of school after the 6th grade and eventually pursued a life of crime until he met Sister Goldie in Venice Beach, CA. when he was 17 and on the run from the law. Sister Goldie led him to the Lord and the Azusa Street saints. His career included security work, and he was a licensed Private Investigator.
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