THE WITCH DOCTOR
And He did not let him, but He said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.
It may seem strange to you, but there are still witch doctors in Africa. Many times they are the most influential people in a community. The people will pay the witch doctor for protection from the evil spirits. When trouble comes, inevitably many people will make their trip to the witch doctor, his trade can be quite lucrative. Several years ago I went to Dar Es Salaam to work with Egon Falk in a crusade and leader’s conference. Egon is a well known missionary evangelist in Tanzania. Egon was having nightly evangelistic services and we were conducting a leadership seminar during the day. There were large crowds in the evening and about 2000 people in the daytime sessions. Unknown to us, a witch doctor had come to the meetings, trying to cast some kind of curse on us (good luck with that). He was afraid of losing some of his “customers”, that is why he came to the meetings in the first place. That week, the witch doctor got more than he bargained for, he became convicted of his sins and gave his life to Christ in those meetings. What a surprise, trying to put a curse on someone and he received a blessing instead. Not only did he accept Christ but he destroyed his fetishes publicly and testified to his conversion from the platform. The very next day, he was married by Egon, he had been living with a woman outside of marriage and wanted to make things right. To top things off, he wanted to renounce his muslim name and get a new name. He chose “Frank” to be his new name, I guess he saw the power of God in those seminars and wanted some of that himself.
Our testimony can be very influential in the lives of others. Like “Frank”, the ex-witch doctor, people are watching you and your lifestyle. When there is a sudden change, people will stop and take notice. I have no idea what happened to “Frank” from Dar Es Salaam, I am sure his life change was quite a surprise for many, and I am sure plenty people will be in heaven as a result. Has your life change been strong enough for others to even notice? When you let your light shine before men, it does make a difference. Your testimony is more powerful and influential than you know.