Alive & Well in Africa
|Phareda & Kalema|
I met the husband of this woman one year ago. He was among the Island Boyz, a group of "bad boys" who ruled the Njeru Taxi Park and who were despised by most. It was development that I talked about to this group of 40 young men. They were just there and going nowhere. I wanted them to discover who they were, where they were going, and why they were on earth. This man was one among a half dozen or more who began the journey of discovery by giving his life to Jesus Christ. This created a huge problem in his home and marriage.
|Buried bottle of witchcraft medicines|
The complaint that registered in my memory was the one about her husband. By then I was a friend and spiritual brother and father to Kalema. I arranged to travel to their village which was not far from Jinja. What I heard there was more than disturbing. Phareda (Freda) told me that she was having visitations and that the voice in the visitation was telling her, since she no longer had love for her husband, to throw herself into the Nile River or Falls. The voice also had told her the day before to put the baby in the boiling sauce pan until the baby's eyes popped out. This was more than a family squabble. Evil spirits or demons were involved.
|Shrine location for practicing witchcraft|
But, this call I received in our vehicle, was from a determined Phareda and seemed to predict a change of direction. When I arrived at her home on Saturday morning she was ready for the truth. She confessed that she had never given her life to Jesus, and, in fact, was a leading witch doctor in the village. She began gathering witchcraft paraphernalia and piling it in the middle of her floor. She reached here and there, retrieving "medicines" that produce cures and curses, even finding some beneath the cushion a visitor from America was sitting on!
|Paraphernalia goes up in smoke|
|Supporting Phareda & baby Grace|
|Finally ... Peace through the Prince of Peace|
Witchcraft is alive and being practiced at various levels in Uganda, up to and including human sacrifice. But, not any more for one courageous and tough lady. This happened weeks ago. The consequences? Phareda remains untouched by the forces of darkness and evil And, there is peace in the home. Light wins another one over darkness.