One week during Advanced Missions Training, we camped in a very remote area of the chiefdom of Nyawa in southern Zambia. It was harvest season for the last fields of cotton, still picked by hand. With an interpreter, we hiked for over an hour out to the fields, meeting the laborers who were women with babies tied to their backs. Sharing the gospel of John 3:16 was our greatest joy. Teaching the rural villagers as Jesus did, that “Whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God. (John 3:21)”, was our privilege. One young mother wanted to be delivered from the darkness of her nightmares. Coming into the light of Jesus Christ, she accepted him as her personal Lord and Savior. Together we prayed a prayer of repentance, and then deliverance with her. But she wasn’t the only one who was set free!
Jack noticed that her chubby infant had colored strings tied around his wrists that were cutting into the flesh. Much of Africa is tied by strings of darkness to witchcraft. The baby’s aunt had placed the strings from the local witch doctor for protection from evil spirits and disease on the child. Jack explained that the power of Christ through his Holy Spirit is greater than any strings made by man. He taught her that now, as a Christian, she had the power of Christ in her to pray for her baby. He asked if she would like to cut off the strings. “Yes! I am more than ready,” she replied. Jack handed her his pocket knife. One wrist at a time, she broke the strings as she smiled lovingly at her child, and handed them to Jack for disposal. The miracle of love and light surrounded us all in the middle of the harvest for the Kingdom of God.
John 4:35 Jesus said to the disciples, “Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest.”