Who knew seeing a demon in the church would change the trajectory of my life.
Just speaking the word “demon” envokes fear and physical reactions of discourse and watchfulness in most people. As a child, neighborhood kids would share scary stories of trolls that would invoke the same fear, but all that was fake, make-believe, only in the movies. Or at least that was what the grownups would tell us.
Well, except the grownups at church.
I had heard about demons and even read about them in the bible, but in the 15 years as a Christian and eight years on staff with a church, I never had the opportunity to actually see one. A friend of mine in junior high used to tell me she would see ghosts at night before she went to sleep and they would talk to her sometimes. I remember praying and asking God to make them stay away when we had sleepovers, because I had no interest in making friends with her ghost friends. Little did I know, I would one day have the opportunity to meet one of her friends.
The busy noise of cars honking, off-key karaoke, and loud music faded as we drove further out of the city and into a rural village. I loved the village sounds of wind in the palm trees, children playing soccer in the dirt, and family laughter. The rest of the car ride was quiet, which gave me time to reflect on my teaching for the evening. People from 53 villages were coming together to experience God and His grace. I felt so blessed to be a part of this service.
My driver, Adom, whom I had only met one other time, began to ask about my teachings that week. His eyes stared in amazement as I shared stories of people who had been healed of sickness and delivered from bondage through prayer. Then he asked, “Are you one of those people?”
As I tried to hold back a chuckle, I said, “One of what people?”
He said, “One of those people who cast out demons?”
My chuckle was a full-blown laugh that soon turned to reassurance when I responded, “Yes, I am! And you can be one of those people too!! Mark 16:17 says, that you have been given power and authority to cast out demons.”