Out of the Shadows of African Traditional Religion

Out of the Shadows of African Traditional Religion : Christ's Deliverance of a Sangoma

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In Africa, Christianity is sometimes rejected as a "white" religion or combined with elements of African Traditional Religion. The story of Francinah Baloyi shows that neither of these attitudes is correct. Francinah was born into a family of traditional healers who were strongly opposed to Christianity, and in time she herself became a sangoma. But over the years Jesus revealed himself to her in visions. He delivered her from the power of ancestral spirits, convicted her of the sin of having had four abortions, and commissioned her to preach. In a radical display of obedience, she burned all the items associated with her work as a sangoma and uprooted the family altar. And she began to preach wherever she found herself.

God also led her to wise church leaders and counselors, who helped her to go to Bible school and lay a biblical foundation for her ministry. Today, she is the leader of a thriving church, with a ministry to others who are still in bondage to ancestral spirits. She is now a sought-after conference speaker and evangelist both nationally and internationally. Her public ministry is marked by her Spirit-filled authenticity and simplicity.

Her story has wider resonance in a time when there is a resurgence of traditional religions and when abortion is becoming increasingly common in South Africa.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10mm | 163g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 9966062297
  • 9789966062291

Table of contents

1 UNUSUAL ENCOUNTERS
The First Two Abortions
A Strange Dream
The Third and Fourth Abortions
An Unusual Visitor

2 THE EARLY YEARS
Schooling
The Move to Taolome

3 THE CALLING OF THE SPIRITS
The Sacred Dream: Called to be a Sangoma
The Second Coming of the Spirits

4 A VISION AND A COMMISSION
The Moment of Accountability
Her Assignment
A Dark Visitor
Ministry Begins

5 A NEW LIFE AND NEW MISSION
Facing Family
Mission in the Village
From Taolome to Giyani
Church Life
Victory Tabernacle
Train Ministry

6 CURRENT MINISTRY
Starting the Church

7 THIS BOOK IN CONTEXT
A Pastoral Concern
A Missiological Concern
The Thirst for Freedom
Delinking Christ from the Colonial Project
The Problem of Abortion
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Review quote

Once I started reading this book, I could not stop! This book is a must read for all African believers, teachers and students of African traditional religion, missionaries, and pastors.

--Samuel Waje Kunhiyop

General Secretary, ECWA, Nigeria

Author of African Christian Ethics and African Christian Theology

Both Christians and non-Christians wrestling with the issue of African traditional religion will find that important matters are addressed in this amazing testimony. What this book has to say is relevant to Christian discipleship, ethics and public policy.

--Dr Elijah Maswanganyi

Founder and director of Christ Is the Answer Global Ministries

I commend this book to those who are serious about the journey of faith and those who are still not sure and have not started. It demonstrates in a powerful way God's presence in all areas of our existence in and outside of the church.

--Rev Ziphozihle D. Siwa

President of the South African Council of Churches

Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa
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