Prayer, Care, Share . . .

From Carrying Occult Masks to Carrying a Bible

by Dale Fisher

In November 2014, Pastor Stephen told us about Alexto, a juju (a.k.a. African traditional religious spiritist or witch doctor) whose life was transformed by Christ in the mountains of Cameroon. God continues to transform the lives of people associated with juju.

John was a juju practitioner from the neighboring area. He used to carry "awombzi" (juju masks) for Alexto and other jujus. John fell sick and was admitted to the region's major hospital. Pastor Stephen travelled a good distance to visit him. John's sister asked Pastor Stephen to pray for John who'd said, "If God could just help me get well, I would be a happy man."

Pastor Stephen showed care for John by giving John's sister a little money to buy John something to eat. Stephen then prayed for John who recovered from his illness and came home. He told people "My people (the jujus) didn't come to visit me or give me anything. My journey of carrying masks has ended."

It ended because John accepted Christ. He then visited the local church and told them about his transformed life; they accepted him as a member. Now, John probably carries a Bible when he attends this church.

A juju, such as this one, is easily recognizable
by its head carving and unusual garments.

I am eager to see how God continues to penetrate the darkness through prayer and love.

Scriptural reflection

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

— Ephesians 6:11–12

† Dale: "From Carrying Masks to Carrying a Bible"

† Dale: "A Man of Peace"

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