In the course of the 20th century, Pentecostalism expanded from a small revival movement to a global presence comparable in its extent and variety to Roman Catholicism or Anglicanism. Yet few people in mainstream U.S. churches know much about it, and what little they do know relates more to Pentecostal practice than to Pentecostal thought.
Ashkan is a 22-year-old Afghan who fled Afghanistan after his father was killed by the Taliban. Now a chef, he lives in a building in Dachau, Germany, which was once part of the Dachau concentration camp where the Nazis killed 41,500 people. When asked if he is bothered by the history of the place, he replies, “I just wanted a roof over my head.” With the recent influx of refugees from Syria especially, long-term housing is in short supply. Germany has had to resort to using temporary shelters such as exhibition centers and beer tents. Ashkan doesn’t think he’ll be moving anytime soon (Guardian, September 19).