A Child Sacrificed

14 Oct

Have you ever come across something interesting on the internet and wanted to share it with someone and at the same time that other someone was finding it and sharing it with you?

That is what happened this week when Rachel and I both found a BBC article called “Where child sacrifice is business.”  We already knew that the practice of witchcraft is prevalent throughout Uganda but this is truly disturbing.  Gripped by fear, the people try to control and manipulate the spiritual world in any way that they can; to them a powerful way of controlling spiritual forces is through sacrifices: money, animals, even children.

This is Allan.  A 9 yr. old boy living outside of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala.  He was abducted by a witchdoctor who attempted to behead him with a machete.  Though he failed to remove his head, he castrated him and left his body for dead.

Though we don’t often recognize it in the Western world, the spiritual realm is very real.  The Bible is very clear on this fact, just count the number of time that Jesus interacted with people possessed by demons.

“You believe that there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that – and shudder.”  James 2:19

Most animistic people, like the Karamojong, believe in a creator God.  The Karamojong word for God is Akuj.  The problem is, they believe that Akuj has become very distant from people and they cannot interact directly with him anymore.  Therefore they look for spiritual power from other sources: spirits (demons) and witchcraft.

We know something that they don’t.  That God is not distant.  He is here and now.  He is not looking for what we can sacrifice to Him because He has already sacrificed enough for us.

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men – the testimony given in its proper time.”  1 Timothy 2: 5-6

Our desire is to tell the Karamojong that they can keep their goats (and their kids for that matter)!  Akuj is not distant and He loves them.  They don’t need to be afraid of Him and they don’t need the help of demons because He is greater then all other gods.  The sacrifice has been made for them already.

We referred to this article and video in our November prayer letter.  If you don’t already receive our updates and would like to, please sign up.

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3 Responses to “A Child Sacrificed”

  1. Diane October 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    That was a powerful post Daniel. I knew about the starving children of Uganda but I had no idea about this. So hard to hold back the tears. Thank you for sharing, these children will forever be in my prayers.

  2. Claire Kaemmerling October 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    I went to sign up for your newsletter, but there was no email only option. I’d love to be added to the list, though 🙂

  3. Janet Ziegelbaur November 29, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    Thanks for posting this video. I just “shared” it on facebook. I also showed it to a Cameroonian friend here. While animal sacrifice is common here, neither of us had known that human sacrifice happens in Africa. It is our prayer that those who are decieved by the Enemy will know that “…we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10b)

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