Its always interesting to get some news form our co workers on how things are going in the tribe. As you know we have been struggling with many witch doctors having a hold on the Mengen people. Using fear and intimidation to keep them from coming to the teaching etc. And so I just heard an interesting story from Toala, one of our lady believers, that I thought I would share with you guys. She was up in a close by village on Friday, which is a village where we are reaching out to. In this village lives a wonderful couple with the name of Teli and Kariang and the Lord has been using them in mighty ways. Telis’ dads name is Korki and he has been very sick with having bloody diarrhea for several days and they thought he might die. Korki is not a believer so he summoned two maliaba (which doctors) from a neighboring village Mile to come and do their magic on him, rubbing him with special powder etc.
All night he laid there waiting for his condition to change and he even went and spent time in his spirit house, calling the names of his dead daughter and granddaughter to help him, but their was no response. They were surprised that they didn’t hear a response. I guess God made all the birds and frogs quiet for a minute:)
Anyways, on Saturday morning, Korki was still very sick and was starting to get angry, because the magic was not working. Apparently he said that he paid a lot of money to the maliaba to help him and they didn’t!! He was so mad, that he told his son Keke to go and get back the payment as their magic didn’t work!! 🙂 Apparently he denounced the maliaba in no uncertain terms and was mocking them saying, “Hey, are you I Abolou (Lord) who can heal people?” He was apparently pretty ticked off that the spirits of the dead ancestors didn’t help him either and was saying some things about them. He sent one of his sons to the “haus sik” (bush clinic) to bring the nurse to give him medicine. Our lady friendToala was gone by that point, so it would be awesome if Korki was healed and would give thanks to God!!
Please pray that Korki will get better soon and that he will experience it as being a healing from the Creator God, also pray for our believing friends Teli and Kariang at this time, that the Lord would give them opportunities to witness. Maybe this is the first little crack in the hold the witchdocters has in this village and surrounding villages?!!