Tuesday, April 13, 2010

No Joking Matter

As Jennifer and I completed our Bible Study Radio Show on Sunday evening, she turned to me and said; "Jjaja, do you know who those people were?"  She was referring to the ones that were entering the studio for their show as we were signing off and exiting.  Because of the local language unless you have an interpreter as Jennifer, a lot can go by unnoticed.  She said they are witch doctors, and they are selling their healing preparations.  This is the reality of what we have here in Uganda.

I know back home in the states, when people hear of witch doctors they depict something from the movies, people with colorful headbands and shakers dancing around the fire and the impact is usually humorous to the observer.  Jokes are often made about them and they are used in comedy routines as well.  When you see first hand the impact they make on a society, it is not so funny anymore.  It is very real and often people are cursed.  So much of the time the fear of the curse is enough to bring people down.  Land has been cursed because someone is building a church, or because of a family feud.  Unborn babies are cursed to have deformities or to die.  It is an evil practice but very real.  False healing is given to others and because they did not get proper medical care they become more seriously ill or die.

We have a variety of culture, religion, beliefs, and cults here!  We need to be aware of our surroundings and to take things seriously.  It is must be quite an interesting contrast to be listening to the radio, because within the same hour, they hear about Jesus and eternal life and then hear of the evil side. This is how blatantly Satan operates here.

Since I know the Lord was on our side during our broadcast, as we always cover ourselves in prayer, we have faith that His almighty power was covering our listeners. Please remember to keep all of us in your prayers.

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