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Joaquin Jay Gonzalez

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814731963

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814731963.001.0001

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Praying, Then Delivering Miracles

Praying, Then Delivering Miracles

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(p.63) 3 Praying, Then Delivering Miracles
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Filipino American Faith in Action
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Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814731963.003.0003

This chapter analyzes the large-scale San Francisco Bay Area Religion and Remittance Survey, which measures the extent of transnational praying (homeland to hometown) then sending of money by Filipino faithful. Based on the results, it argues that migration brings not only a transnational influence of Filipino faith into American congregations and churches but also a transnational Filipino faith-based bayanihan to San Francisco. Their economic situation, enhanced in America, has empowered Filipino Catholics, Protestants, and Independent church members to socioeconomically influence not only their San Francisco communities but also their Philippine hometowns. The survey and follow-up focus group meetings revealed that besides congregating and praying for relatives back home from their churches in the United States, Filipino faithful deliver on their promises to help with their families' health, retirement, and education needs, as well as community social and economic development programs and disaster relief projects in both the San Francisco Bay Area and hometowns in the Philippines. Knowing that all is well with their families back home gives Filipinos in the United States the necessary peace of mind to concentrate on their adaptation to life in America.

Keywords:   San Francisco, Filipino Americans, praying, migration, bayanihan

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