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Promise & Witchcraft
While in Uganda we met a young girl named Promise. She lived close to Tyler and Michelle, and her and her brother Moses would often stand outside the fence that surrounded their house and yell out “muzungu” (white person) or “Jeremiah” (Tyler and Michelle’s son). One day we let them in the yard to play, as well as eat some plain bread, which they quickly devoured.
While they were over Michelle pointed out Promise’s ear -it looked kind of like she had a pierced ear, but it was pierced with a tiny stick. Michelle told me that many people in the area strongly believed in witchcraft and a lot of parents put sticks in their children’s ears so they would be blemished –so they would not be able to be sacrificed.
When I heard that my stomach just rolled. I can’t imagine living in fear of my child being kidnapped and killed for a witch doctor’s sacrifice. But it is much more common practice in Uganda, and the world, than I ever realized.
That day weighs heavy on my heart as I think about all the people in Uganda that do not know Jesus. I recently read a news article about a former Ugandan witch doctor who has changed and is now trying to get other witch doctors out of the practice in order to try to make his good deeds out weigh his bad ones.
There are so many people in Uganda that are lost and need to be told about the love of Jesus. I would love to go back one day, but in the meantime, would you join me in praying for the country, as well as the people that are currently serving as missionaries there?
We are so blessed here in America and we don’t even realize it.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will add it to my prayer list.
God bless you.
Allie Spencer (@alliespence)
oh man what a heartbreaking story. so glad this beautiful girl is alive though, even with the deliberate scars!
My stomach lurched in reading this =( Will be praying along with you!
It’s just so awful that this is still happening. It’s so heartbreaking. We are planning a trip this fall, to Uganda or Rwanda to check out ministry options. Do you have any suggestions from your trip?
Hmm, some tips . . . bring spray for bed bugs (we didn’t have any but my aunt and uncle did a couple weeks before we got there), lots of long flowy skirts, try to learn a few phrases in the local language (they will love it), and like a friend told me before we went: “get ready to feel like a rockstar and love on kids”. 🙂 Let me know when you know where you are going!