Fear, suspicion and superstition, secret societies, witchcraft, false beliefs, and human sacrifice are still all too common in Liberia. Once again in 2019, Brian Smith and Agristrewards are are partnering with HITHMI for spiritual warfare training. Pastor Fredrick Kariuki from Kenya is here to help with the teaching. Together with Pastor Bill and local pastors, training workshops are held in Ganta and Monrovia. Local village communities are engaged and light shines in the darkness.
The theme this year is “Whom Shall I Fear” with Psalm 27 as the foundation. It can be painful, but oh, so important for the practices that are even in the church to be identified and repented of. A child was recently beaten to death in a church in Ganta in the belief that the child was a witch and they were beating the devil out. Markings, tattoos, or cuttings on the body are done based on false beliefs and superstitions. Blessings and curses are believed to be the result of rituals performed whether by secret societies or church. When Jesus encountered demons, it was the demons who were afraid. Shining the light of God's Word in the darkness is not something extra to do, if we have the time. It is essential to making Jesus known in a dark world. Pray for the light to shine and for the people of Liberia to walk in the light of God's Word and truth.