Pentecostal churches in western Finland have welcomed dozens of new converts since 2015. Churches in Rauma and Pori have seen roughly 60 new church members take up the faith over the past two years.
The majority of the new Pentecosts were once Muslim. Some have had their asylum applications turned down but others are still having their applications processed. Parishes have also been actively reaching out to asylum seeker reception centres.
Officials weighing authenticity of conversions
Officials from the Finnish Immigration Service have asked local churches for reports on the authenticity of new converts to Christianity.