While visiting a large primary school today, we saw this decal on the wall of the school administrator. It is very sobering to consider that child sacrifice is still performed in many parts of Africa, usually by a local witch doctor. We’ve met some of these, and even known one who joined the Church, but soon fell away.
In this land of the happiest faces on earth, there exists a kind of barbarianism and cruelty beyond fathom for those in more developed parts of the world. Who would think that black magic, witchcraft, child sacrifice, child slavery, brutal murders and even cannibalism would exist in our modern world? But they do.
We have met and loved many people who have experienced such horrific tragedies as having their children poisoned by a family member in order to humble them when they have prospered too much for the liking of the clan. Family members have been burned alive in their huts, locked inside so they had no escape. We’ve seen huts burned (with no one inside to our knowledge). We have heard graphic stories of how people were abducted or murdered by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) in northern Uganda, in very recent years. We will never share such descriptions, for, like the atrocities of war, they are so far beyond comprehension that the very thoughts make us quake and cry.
So why make this kind of post on the happiest faces website? Because we must acknowledge that this kind of cruelty exists today, and it is very real. Satan is alive and well in the land, and making progress within the realm of his influence. He is not stronger than those with faith in Jesus Christ and priesthood power, but among his followers, he wrecks havoc.
One thing that has become abundantly clear to us, is that there is no place on earth to hide from the powers of Satan and his followers, except within the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even then, we are not guaranteed safety. But in the shadow of the Gospel, we have the very best chance to not only survive, but to thrive, even in these troubled times.
Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.
But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his; and he will raise them up at the last day. (Alma 26:6-7)
And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it. (Mosiah 2:41)
Thank God that our family is safe in the U.S.A., where freedom and protection still abide. And may God bless and guard those within the shadow of the dark powers of the adversary here in Africa. Come and hide within the protection of the Lord God. It is the only safe place on earth.