Eat Freely With Thanksgiving And Spiritual Discernment
A Yali tribal priest dropped a dead pig, killed by wild dogs, at the Costas' door, hoping that they eat the pig and die as was the tribal belief. But the Costas saw this as an opportunity to prove God's power over darkness to a heathen people, so they prayed publicly to God and devoured the pig. When by the next morning, they were all unharmed; the people were amazed - and satan's grip upon them was beginning to loosen.
. . . . Ninia was a tough assignment even for this stalwart family. The valley was full of witchcraft, animism, and intertribal hostilities. . . .
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Opposition to the message—and the messengers—remained strong, especially among the powerful priest-leaders, who defended their ancient traditions. Nearly a third of the men had been initiated into rites of witchcraft, fetishes, and tribal warfare. To accept the intruders and their message would mean giving up their ancient ways, as well as much of their personal power. Some leaders were convinced the foreigners should be killed before their influence grew strong. . . .
This was the tense scenario when Costas and Alky arrived at Ninia. . . .
. . . . A few of the Yalis were friendly, but most kept their distance. Then came an opportunity to show God’s power over darkness: A tribal priest brought a dead pig and plopped it at Costas’s door. Waiting for neither thanks nor payment, the priest scuttled away nervously. Costas didn’t understand until a friendly tribesman explained. This pig had been killed by wild dogs. According to tribal belief, any human who ate the pig would immediately come under a curse and die. The Yalis were watching closely. Would their tribal spirits overcome these white invaders? Or did these foreigners possess a power greater than the darkness that ruled these valleys?
Once Costas understood, he turned to Alky. “Tonight we’re eating pork!” And that’s what they did, choosing to pray publicly to their Creator God before the meal, thanking Him for both food and protection. The next morning all of the Macrises were healthy and unharmed, to the surprise of their Yali observers. What power do these beings possess that is greater than our spirits? they wondered. Satan’s stranglehold was beginning to loosen.