I was delighted when a ministry I’ve been volunteering with asked me to come along as a prayer minister to their “camp” with fifty 12-14 year olds who live in the nation’s largest slum. While at camp last week, I listened to these kids share about nightmares, witches, curses, and abuse. One of the stories is as follows:
My suspicions started when he showed me his drawing book on the first day of camp. As this middle school-aged kid was drawing a picture of a large, strange-looking woman, I asked him what it was.
“A witch.” was his reply.
He then proudly showed me the dragon he had drawn, and I silently wondered what he had experienced to make him want to draw these things.
The next night as people were sharing their testimonies, he tried to share his own, but all that came out were loud sobs.
So he tried again the next day. This time, his audience learned that his mother was killed in an accident on the way to his father’s funeral. Thus began his life on the streets in a culture full of witchcraft.
As it turns out, his source of food was his step-mother, who was a witch.
One thing I’ve learned over the past few years is that what is in a person’s heart will surely come out in one way or another (Matt. 12:33-35). The way this kid expressed what was in the depths of his heart was through drawing.
And showing us his drawings was his cry for help. So help, we did.
“Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger – someone who could tie him up and then plunder his goods.” – Jesus (Matt. 12:29)
As camp came to an end, we cast the dragon out of him in the name of Jesus. And he invited Jesus to come
and take the high position the dragon had once held in his heart as Master.
This freedom-delivering God is the same one as in days of old. He is unchanging. He is alive. And He loves that kid.
“I also pray you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else – not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the Church is His body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself.” (Eph. 1:19-23)