Health and Well-Being in Zimbabwe’s Pentecostal Churches

  • Tinoonga Shanduka
  • Lovemore Togarasei


This chapter focuses on the practice of healing and the understanding of well-being in Zimbabwean Pentecostal churches. It discusses Pentecostal healing as a conversion strategy. Focus is also on the healing methods and the biblical basis of the whole practice. The social role of Pentecostal healing in a context of failing medical services is also analysed. Lastly, the chapter analyses the extent to which Pentecostal healing practices and understanding of well-being relate with indigenous practices and beliefs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tinoonga Shanduka
    • 1
  • Lovemore Togarasei
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of TRSUniversity of BotswanaGaboroneBotswana

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