Please join me in praying for Pastor Davis Juma and his outreach to a witch doctor in Kenya. You may read about Pastor Juma’s ministry here. I received an email from him this morning asking for prayer:
My beloved sister Karen,
I am very grateful for your prayers. God is good!
I finally had the chance of meeting a witch doctor. It is very funny. When we were entering his home we found him doing his antics in the in front of his house. I think when he knew we were almost coming he began moving around uttering some some incomprehensible words while wearing some dry banana leaves and other leaves. When I saw this I knew that it was meant to scare us or beat us into submission that indeed he has great powers than the one we had. But my heart was strong. No trembling.
After about 30 minutes he darted into his house and after waiting outside for another ten minutes he sent his wife to invite us in. If I had no blood of Jesus with me I would have run away. The first thing we met at the door were some skulls of unknown animals. Inside the house was a dead chicken lying on a piece of an old sack on the floor. According to the witch doctor the chicken was struck dead by the spirits to save the life of one man who had been bewitched elsewhere and had been asked to come with the chicken and some money. He said the chicken died instantly by itself after the spirits drunk blood from it. In one corner there were many gourds of all sizes. Around the gourds there were pieces of cloths of both males and females. There was a curtain that separates the sanctuary of the spirits and the rest of the room. He said the spirits reside in the sanctuary and that is where the spirits speak to people who come with problems and need help. They only speak with them after bringing cattle, goats, sheep or even chicken that the spirits ask.
Now hell broke loose when two alternating strange voices like those of toothless people came from the sanctuary speaking in Swahili and with the accent of the Zanzibaris (people from Zanzibar in Tanzania) saying, ”enyi wageni hamujakuja kwa nia njema. Sisi tunakaa hapa na hatuna mwili lakini tuyaona yote yanayotendedeka katika ulimwengu mwenu. Toeni pesa, donge nono la sivyo muondoke”. Loosely translated, ”You guests did not come in good faith. We live in the spirit world but we see everything that happens in your world. Bring money, good money or else get out”. Up to now I do not know if the witch doctor has people who help him and have trained them to change voices in order to coerce unsuspecting customers who come to seek his services to give money. My first instinct was to gather courage and shout them down but again I said to myself that it will jeopardize our witness. My other evangelist who had accompanied me was so terrified that he moved where the warrior was.
After about 5 minutes of silence the witch doctor took some already prepared concoction and poured in the calabash and held a staff and knelt towards the sanctuary and said, ” Our elders and protectors who are keeping us safe in a higher world, we respect you and ask you humbly to allow our visitors say what they want.” To that effect the so called spirits said, ” But where is our share, we are hungry”. The witch doctor said that everything will be okay soon and they agreed.
He then took us outside the house under a tree and introduction began. After that I seized the opportunity and began talking about the nature of our mission there and about Christ,,blah, blah. We talked and talked until the witch doctor said that he inherited this spirits from his late father and they have been using them to help people and protect them. He said that the spirits live inside two huge gourds and are kept behind the curtain. In short though he did not openly accept salvation but promised to come to our revivals tomorrow evening and he said that he has never attended a church before and that he is ready to join the church if we accept to go back and burn those gourds and pray for him and his paraphernalia of witchcraft soon. He said that if we will burn those gourds and we do not die instantly then he will really believe in Christ and his power. When he said this I said in my heart that Jesus has already overcome.
He then asked me for a Bible because he wanted to go and read for himself what I was reading to him. I said that I will soon get him one. He said he will come before this week ends and get it. I did not want to argue with him.
Our dear ministry partners please pray for us. The battle is yet to be over. I am praying this will be done in broad daylight as people witness. I have sent a picture that I secretly took when he was doing his dances in front of his house before we got inside.
So far 158 people have accepted Christ.
If you may have something please assist me so that I rush and get a few bibles tomorrow for new converts. And maybe if it can be extra I can send to my wife whom I left with little food. She can share with the wives of my evangelist who are here with me.
Yours In God’s Service
Pastor Davis Ochieno Juma
-Fishing the lost and feeding the found.