Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Witchcraft

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Every now and then strange things end up in our yard; thrown over our fence or gate.  Pictured left is the latest item found at our gate this morning.  A small wallet with feathers carefully placed inside, a note with a name on it, wrapped with a metal wire.
My first reaction is yuk.  It just looks gross.  Then I wonder who would want to do such a thing and why?  Who does this belong to? Is someone trying to harm us by putting a spell or curse on us?  Why? Is this the enemy's attempt at trying to scare us?
Witchcraft is common here in Kenya.  It is connected to traditional religion and the black spiritual realm.  There are witch doctors and seers in our community. Even our next door neighbor has been know to do black magic. 
It does not surprise us when the devil tries to scare us, steal our joy, or throw a curse at us.  But the enemy knows that his days are numbered, Jesus said "it is finished", we are covered by the blood of Jesus.  The devil's schemes will not work against us.  We will not give in to fear and let such things paralyze or slow us down.
Many people here are lost in this darkness.  Someone, a person obviously planted this "charm" in our gate thinking it will affect us somehow.  I am saddened by their ignorance and relieved by my covering in Christ.  There is a common belief here and likely in most cultures that God and the devil are equals.  The common good vs. evil story.  The spiritual realm is vibrant and active in the daily circumstances of life here.  No-one would deny the presence of spirits, particularly evil ones.  What is not know is that God, the Creator, is far superior than the devil and all things.  God's power is far greater and able to overcome anything that the enemy puts in front of us.  "It is finished" counts for today.  I claim it and remind the enemy of this fact.  Jesus and his heavenly hosts are at work, defeating the enemy and protecting us, his children.  He has even empowered us, by his name, to fight the fight against such things.  Praise God!
I went on to burn the items I found this morning, prayerfully claiming Jesus' protection over us and praying for the person who planted it in our yard.  They need to know Jesus.  We don't know if the name on the piece of paper is somehow connected.  May she also know God's protection. 
We will continue to tell the truth, share the Good News and teach the story in the scriptures, so that others may be free from this bondage and devilish schemes.  May God be glorified!  Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September Prayer Update


Family:
  • Keep praying for our kids back home, Abby & Nathan.  We miss them dearly.
  • Sam is doing well in school.  Pray for him as he desires to lead his friends to walk with Jesus. He has recently taken up archery, drums and a student leadership role.
  • For continued spiritual cover over our home and our lives.  We are constantly at war against the enemy.  Pray this verse with us: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power." - Ephesians 6:10
Hatua Centre: ministry on the ground
  •  Praise the Lord for great kids Bible clubs last month - over 400 kids and 4 churches with many volunteers.  Our home church sent a team to participate in this with us.
  • Adult literacy - It is going very well.   We also just launched a kids after school reading and homework club with the churches - off to a good start.  Pray that we would have more teachers/volunteers.
  • Pray for our benevolence grocery shop.  It is doing well and caring for families.  Asking for wisdom on the way ahead.  Balancing relief without dependence is often tricky.  Pray that the ministry model would become clear.
  • Pray for the local church in Ngando that it's members would continue to focus on discipleship and clearly understand grace.
  • August presidential elections are not finished and were sent to a runoff for October 17th.  It keeps everyone generally unsettled.  Pray for the country's stability and peace.