Thursday, June 01, 2006

Witchdoctors, Dragons, and the Lion

The Bible studies on Saturday went well. The study with Iara (the voodoo witchdoctor's daughter), her boyfriend, and her teenage daughter was the last of the day. Interestingly enough, although she was the one who had requested the study, her boyfriend André was much more talkative and involved in the study. She said that she had read the story (on the birth of Christ) beforehand and just wanted to listen.

We held one of our other studies in a tiny seamstress shop in a slum. The woman with whom we were studying wanted to do it there so that her sister could participate while she sewed. Lina is not yet a Christian but is already inviting others to participate in studies! Praise God!

As we have gotten to know the people with whom we are studying the Bible better, we are finding a host of issues under the surface. A number have been baptized into and heavily involved in witchcraft and black magic, almost all of them are involved in illicit sexual relationships, and the ones that are not have marital problems (not to mention those who are!).

As I mulled over this today, I thought of the scene from C.S. Lewis' book "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" where the unpleasant boy Eustice is transformed into (or perhaps revealed as) an ugly dragon. He tries to strip away his dragon nature, but can't. Only Aslan (representing Christ) the Savior is capable of cutting through the tough dragon flesh to reveal the boy underneath. Please pray that God would use the sharp sword of His Word to cut through all of the layers of resistance, sin, and spiritual barriers that are keeping these people from recieving the truth and having lives that are truly transformed by Christ. Thank you so much for your prayers on behalf of our church planting team, the not-yet believers we are ministering to, and my family. Stay tuned for bios and pictures of our church planting team!


Uncle Bill said...

Thanks for the update. I'll continue to pray for you and for all involved.

...oh, and there you go again, exegeting children's literature with impunity. You know, I've heard that exegesis also works with the Bible... ;^)

N'omi said...

Thanks for the update. We are continuing to pray much that their hearts would be softened and receptive and that you will continue to have the physical stamina and endurance necessary as well as safety for you and your family. Good job, Dude!