I am sure you can imagine that spiritual warfare looks different in animistic tribal villages around the world than it does in the U.S. In America, when someone “curses you” it usually means that they yell profanity at you. In tribal villages, when someone “curses you,” it takes on a much more literal meaning, especially when the person doing the cursing is a witch doctor.
Global worker families are not immune to this spiritual warfare. On the contrary, at times they are targeted for their very presence in these villages, and otherwise unexplainable problems can occur. Can you imagine having a witch doctor curse you? What would you do? How would you handle the witch doctor cursing your family, particularly your children? What if one of your children started showing signs of demonic oppression or demon possession? Would you even know the difference? What would you do if you tried all the spiritual and medical interventions that you could think of and had access to, and the problems with your child persisted?
How would you discern the difference between childhood behavioral problems (ADHD, oppositional defiance, run-of-the-mill disobedience), emotional/mood problems (depression, anxiety,, self-harm, suicidality), trauma reactions (abuse, witnessing atrocities), developmental problems (autism, learning difficulties, general developmental delays), biological issues (food allergies, malaria, malnutrition, parasites, infection), and spiritual issues (disobedience, convulsing, and speaking in different voices)? The families that we have worked with often have legitimate problems in multiple realms.
Who would you turn to for these kinds of struggles if you were in the U.S., much less if you were in another country? How long would you continue to serve overseas under these circumstances?
Thanks to people like you, GRC exists for global workers like this. It is a sobering responsibility for us to use the gifts, skills, and discernment God has entrusted to us to serve several of these families this year. We take a holistic approach as a team of mental health professionals to assess and address each of these realms through spiritual discernment. Please pray as we begin the process with another family in this situation so that the child will experience healing, growth, and renewal, and that the family will become equipped, skilled, and knowledgeable in these areas. And perhaps be able to continue their work in animistic villages where they are desperately needed!
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