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Report from Lawrence & Rebecca Lantz—Uganda
Praise God that no one is too far gone for God to rescue! Though diminutive in size at 5 feet and 90 lbs., Kebina was a feared witchdoctor in our county. At 76 years old, Kebina had been deeply involved in witchcraft since she was a teenager.
Five years ago, Kebina sat under a shade tree and listened to the Bible when I taught on Sunday afternoons. She only came once or twice and our church people were kind toward her but always nervous that she was there. When her daughter-in-law was to be baptized, Kebina was furious (angry, yelling, and drunk) and charged out into the middle of the street blocking our vehicle from going to the lake for the baptism service. She immediately threw her daughter-in-law out of her house because of her faithfulness to the Lord in baptism.
About two years later she said she wanted us to come pray for her. We thought she might be ready to receive Jesus, but she said no since she still wanted the money from her lucrative craft. However, she later came to church and told everyone that she had received Jesus. Kebina explained that she had a disturbing dream that continued for two straight weeks. She realized that God was telling her that her ways were filthy and that she needed to change. She said, “I decided to receive Christ.” Praise the Lord, she stopped drinking cold turkey, and her face that used to be taut, cold, and expressionless is now full of life and peace. She publicly recanted her witchcraft at her home village in the presence of her extended family. Now we will often find her sitting at home reading her Bible.