Molding a lump of clay

Molding a lump of clay
I am a work in progress, molded by my Maker, refined by His fire, shaped with His love. Walk the journey with me.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

An inspiring friend

James Wio knows better than many of us just how far God has brought him. Up until seven years ago, James was a well-known witchdoctor in Sudan.

In 2001, James was sent with 2 other witchdoctors to ‘disorganize’ a Christian crusade
taking place in Yei, Southern Sudan. All their powers failed, however, and instead, the power of the Holy Spirit fell on James and he was thrown to the ground. One of the evangelists knelt over James and demanded, “Be free!”

James felt as if a hot coat that had been covering him from head to toe was removed. He collected all his charms and other witchcraft tools and burned them.

In 2004, James did the Discipleship Training School at the YWAM base in Yei, Sudan. During that time he developed a hunger to learn more about God’s character, and he was particularly touched by the teaching on families and relationships. Tragedy struck, however, when his 3 month old son died while James was on the DTS. This was the second time James lost a son…the first was while he was still practicing witchcraft.

As hard as it was, James
and his wife continued to trust in God’s goodness, and chose to pursue the burden God had put on their hearts for families.

“In my culture,” James said, “to qualify for leadership you must have at least 5 wives. It shows you are experienced in administration and can lead people.” But James saw that God’s plan was for one man to have a close relationship with one wife, and he wanted to learn more about how that worked.

In August 2008, James and his wife Grace and their 3 children headed to Jinja, Uganda to attend the Family Ministry School. On the second week of the school, however, tragedy struck again, and for the third time, James and Grace lost a son. The grief was unbearable. They could hardly eat; they couldn’t sleep. They didn’t know what to do.

In their pain, they cried out to God, and He answered them, saying, “Lay everything at my feet.” It was very difficult, but they knew how far God had brought them, and they didn’t want to turn their
backs on him. They felt the best thing they could do was go back to class and honour Him.

Nevertheless, James still wondered if he had made a mistake about coming to the school. After his 2-year-old son died, James began praying fervently for his family, but things kept going wrong. His daughter fell sick and was admitted into the hospital for 4 days. Not long after that, his wife got sick, and was admitted for 3 days. James was in and out of class; in and out of the hospital. In his misery, he even began to doubt his decision to come to Christ in the first place.

“I didn’t understand how I could be following Christ and doing what was right and still my boys die.”
Is this a curse following me from my days of practicing witchcraft? he wondered. Is this a generational curse passed down from my parents or in-laws? But as James prayed he heard God saying, “Look at Job’s suffering and see how he stood firm for me.” James went back to his Bible and studied the book of Job.

“I felt something release ou
t of my heart,” he said. No longer did he doubt the rightness of following Christ. “Even if it means we die in Your presence,” James told God, “at least let us remain in Your presence.” Font size

And now, to their joy, Grace is pregnant again.

The pain lingers but hope rises, and with it grows a dream of running Family Life Seminars around Southern Sudan. “My wife and I want to go
back and teach our people how to talk to their children, how to communicate well between husband and wife, and how to raise children in love.” An echo of sadness shadows James’ smile, but his heart is steadfast. For James and his family, they will serve the Lord.


Otumidwa said...

what a story, thanks for sharing it. you made my Italian hair stand on my arms! :-)

Billy & Joanna Coppedge said...

your blog is beautiful...praying with you that Jesus will use it around the world for His grateful to be on the Arua prayer team for you all!
Love you...

Shawna said...

What an amazing story of trusting God and a good example of how I should trust.

Your little girl is very sweet. Thank you for sharing your story of answered prayer. God is wonderful! Thank you stopping by my blog.

Laurie Ann said...

What a beautiful family and beautiful story! Great power is found in the Holy Spirit! Amen!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh wow! What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing. I love to hear of what God is doing around the globe. He truly is an amazing God!