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The Topeka Outpouring 1901

Feb 10, 2021

On January 1, 1901 the modern Pentecostal movement received its official birth certificate in North America when a student at Bethel Bible School in Topeka, Kansas by the name of Anges Ozman received the infilling (baptism) of the Holy Spirit and began to speak in the Mandarin Chinese language. Within three days (January 3rd) the majority of the 40 regular students, including the school founder Charles F. Parham had all received the gift of tongues. These events caused quit a stir throughout Christendom in N. America as the school seemed to break away from the traditions of mainstream movements within the Christian community. The followers of Charles Parham were quickly evaluated by the press as being strange, queer, crazy, holy rollers, and many other superlatives of choice. However, this did not suppress the enthusiasm that was generated by this original group of "tongue speakers" who had a personal encounter with the Holy Spirit.