By Steven D. H. Rasmussen with Hannah Rasmussen
Published in the January 2015 edition of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Yet let no one contend, and let none accuse. . . . My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
When I returned to the church I had attended for a decade in Tanzania, I preached on witchcraft. I knew that Deborah, the woman sitting next to me, had ministered as a pastor’s wife for forty-nine years. I did not know she was suspected of being a witch.
Just two months earlier outside Deborah’s home, a crowd of young men with clubs, machetes, and stones surrounded her, shouting, “We have come to finish you and your witchcraft!
A young neighbor woman, Ellen, crawled in the dust toward her, begging, “Stop strangling me!”
Deborah raised her hand to God and said, “If I am a witch, may I die.”
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