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February 15, 2013 in Africa, Benin, SOS News

Spiritual and Physical Oppression

  • Benin is the birthplace of Voodoo, a 6000 year old religion
  • Human sacrifice has been practiced publically as recently as the 1990s
  • Altars with fresh animal sacrifices on them are scattered everywhere throughout the villages
  • In one of the villages, the nearest water source is a three mile walk one way

Leaving the Throne- The chief of a local village, a new convert to Christ now wants to leave behind his chiefdom to join us in proclaiming the gospel. Please pray that God will give him the wisdom and boldness to do so.

The Hand on the Wall- As we were leaning against a wall in a village, a young man named Barta ran up and started yelling at us frantically, telling us that anyone who touched the wall would bleed. But after looking at us, he exclaimed, “You’re not bleeding!”

So I asked him, “Who has more power? The creation or the creator?” At that moment, I stretched out my hand, looking directly at Barta and placed it back on the wall of the evil hut, and held it there as Barta once again got anxious. After a couple of minutes, I took my hand off the wall and asked, “Barta, am I bleeding?”

To this he cried out, “No.  You must be a god.”  Immediately seizing the opportunity I cried out, “No, I am not a god, but greater is God who is in me than the evil that dwells in this hut (1 John 4:4).  Put your trust in Him and not the creation, His name is Jesus Christ.”

Barta then exclaimed, “I want to know this Jesus Christ.” Please pray for him, as he is currently being mentored in the faith.

The Sorcerer- There is a sorcerer, whose name ironically means, “Things Will Get Better” in a village where things are getting much much worse. The children are sickly, the people are miserable, and the sorcerer himself is clearly not a man who is at peace. He is leading his people in the worship of the serpent, especially the women.

Over the course of two trips and a lengthy dialog, we have proclaimed Christ to him and his village, and he is now considering the cost of leaving his old ways of worship to follow Jesus Christ. Please pray that God will lead him to repentance.