As Pastor Helen looked at Anne, she saw in a flash a strange being behind her. She knew something wasn’t right about her and told her mother to prepare for a great deliverance. Lisa couldn’t understand her utterances as she started speaking in tongues. Anne sat still like a statue looking at her strangely. Pastor Helen had already called two of the workers before Lisa could ask for her sudden change of discussion.
“Anne, can you describe the man who usually visit you at night?”
“In my dream?” Anne asked.
When Anne began to describe to her, Lisa stood up in fear. Pastor Helen turned to Lisa to ask her some questions
“Are you aware of what she said?”
She was silent for some seconds and then opened up,
“Yes…I lost Tony, her immediate younger brother during the stampede at the beach some years ago. It was a painful and sad experience for us. So we travelled down to a small town in Nigeria away from anything that could remind us of our tragedy. However, our stay there opened us to beliefs we haven’t heard before…”
“What’s the belief?”
“One of the elders who approached us at the market asked us the reason for our sad appearance. We hesitated to disclose it but his promise to help us pushed us to open up. After we narrated everything to him, he told us the need to fortify Anne against the onslaught of the enemies. Out of fear, we agreed to do it and later left the country….”
“What did they do to her?”
“A man dressed in white attire laid his hands on her while the other two old men invoke the spirit of longetivity upon her. Thereafter, they placed a wooden idol on her to protect her…”
“Can you describe what was on the idol?”
“I can’t really remember now but it has big eyes, a large nose with red cowries around the neck.”
She interjected, “That’s Ok. You have sold your daughter unknowingly to the evil power and she has never enjoyed her sleep.”
“My God! I sold my daughter? But I was trying to protect her from untimely death. I’m undone!” She lamented.
Pastor Helen turned to Anne sharply to rebuke the foul spirit troubling her life in the name of Jesus. The other women joined her and began to pray for her deliverance. After a while, Anne was on the floor rolling and crying but Pastor Helen kept quoting the scriptures and commanded the foul spirit to leave her in the name of Jesus. Lisa stood at a corner praying silently for her daughter. The Lord took control when the foul spirit refused to leave her. It was when Pastor Helen finally quoted Philippians 2:9 – 11 that she was delivered completely.
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Lisa was in tears when the women lifted Anne from the floor. Then, Pastor Helen led her to Jesus again and she surrendered to Him. Pastor Helen explained to Lisa the mystery behind her family
“Breaking the commandment of God of seeking another god brought the woes into your family. The devil only needs a small opening to perpetrate his evils. Evil has a way of joining hands with other evils to make a person or family to journey in a circle until they lose focus and peace.”
Lisa was surprised when she heard the calamities she had brought upon her family after forcefully persuading her husband to do the fortification. She remembered that period marked the beginning of their marital woes.
“I discovered my interest in my husband dwindled and he in turn started finding pleasures in watching pornography. I caught him one night when he was lost in the act. He apologised but that never healed our weak relationship. It went from one trouble to another trouble until he went to a conference…” She wiped the tears from her eyes.
Pastor Helen comforted her by patting her back and assured her of God’s awesome power. Later, Lisa asked her to keep praying for them.
“We will keep praying for you. I want to suggest if you can join our new believers’ class on Wednesdays to be able to grow in the Lord and be grounded in the Bible doctrines. I want you and your daughter to participate and I’m sure the purpose of God for your life will be fulfilled.”
Lisa agreed and promised to start immediately. Pastor Helen prayed for them after exhorting them from the Bible. As they walked towards their house from where she parked her car, they met …
To be continued in Episode 29.