It was on the 24th of November that I had a passionate love for my continent, AFRICA.
As I thought about the hunger, poverty, under development, wide spread of pestilences and endless wars hitting this continent that a prophetic poem revealing the destiny of Africa was birthed.
Africa my Africa, what good can ever come out of you? Africa my Africa, what hope lies ahead.
Though the raging storm as though may never end, driving you so all directions in no direction. On your face the despair, beaten by the rain, dried by the sun. Helpless, you are crying for help, as your children famish to finish. (1st three stanzas)
No matter where you go in the world, you’ll find some form of witchcraft being practised; either as a religious ritual, a medical practise, or a form of New Age divination. But for witch doctors in Africa, their practises are a combination of all three. That makes them very powerful and influential, within the communities in which they live.
African witchcraft is very different from most of the other forms found around the world. Perhaps its unique history has a lot to do with it. Witchcraft in Africa far supersedes what was found in Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries and, in fact, anthropological studies trace its history back to a combination of Egyptian witchcraft and Arabic Sihr.
Unlike European witchcraft, which tends to focus on the idea of demons and evil spirits, African witchcraft is more focused on the concept of magic and spells. Witch doctors in Africa believe they can, through various potions and practises, influence the future of a person’s life — either for good or evil. That gives them great influence among those in their community.
There was a time when no missionary would want to travel to Africa for missions work. It was a common thing for witches and wizards to initiate the foetus of a woman into witchcraft and when the child is born, he/ she becomes very powerful in their coven.
I recall I was ministering with my friend Emmanuel Okoduwa sometimes in 2000 at Ekpoma and a child with a protruding stomach was arrayed foe prayers. I heard the Lord tell me to punch the stomach three times. When I did, the protruding stomach went down. I had no idea of what had happened to the child. He looked kwashiokored [malnurished with protein deficiency] when the mother came out running that witches had heaped stones in the stomach hence the swelling.
The power of God was so strong in that service. This is but one of the examples. God knew that this continent has a great future and He decided send men into missions the likes of whom we can never forget. J C Taylor, Henry the incursion Navigator, David Livingstone – men who against all odds DARED the well dreaded continent to bring the Gospel of light to us. It seemed as though nothing good could come out of their labour but today the fruit is every where. That seed has turned into a FOREST of believers worshiping the Lord and demonstrating the Power of God.
Can any good thing come out of Africa? You be the judge of that!
The ones witch infested nation is now reaching the nations of the earth! I boldly declare that the LABOR OF OUR HEROES OF THE FAITH PAST SHALL NEVER BE IN VAIN!
WHO SHALL GO FOR US ? HERE I AM LORD SEND ME…..
~ by Mark Cyril
|Author, teacher, motivational and conference speaker, Pastor Mark Cyril is the international President of CYRIL MARK WORLD EVANGELISM – an independent ministry taking the message of the cross across the Nations turning many in their numbers to salvation through Jesus Christ. He is also the Senior Pastor of Revelation Apostolic Community; an apostolic and Prophetic Word based ministry in Abuja the capital city of Nigeria – West Africa.|