SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: Magic Charms, Black Cats, and the Power of Jesus

Source: International Mission Board, October 30, 2017

In the US, the world of evil spirits and magic spells becomes a national obsession just once a year—during Halloween. [Then] the dark side of the supernatural realm quickly fades into the background as the focus shifts to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, spiritual forces are palpable year round. Items like charms and amulets are ever-present evidence that beliefs in the spirit world are real and affect every aspect of life. In African traditional religion the natural world is filled with spiritual forces. There’s a fine line between the physical and spiritual world—so fine, in fact, that it often seems to dissolve.

“The greatest need among African peoples is to see, know, and experience Jesus Christ as the victor over the powers and forces from which Africa knows no means of deliverance,” said Dr. John Mbiti. Join us in praying for Africans to realize that Jesus—the one victorious over death—is more powerful than any spirit, amulet, or spell.

» Full story includes some great images and prayer points.

» See also Armed for Battle, an interview with veteran missionaries about spiritual warfare, and a related video from Thailand (Pioneers).

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