Picked up a book entitled “Free Indeed from Sorcery Bondage” written by long time missionary (42 yrs) Dr. Marvin S. Wolford.
Dr. Wolford addresses the issue of animism in Congo. Having returned to Congo in 2007 after a 43 year absence and returning as an adult I was reminded of Ephesians 6:12 where it tells us that our fight is not with humanity but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. The powers of darkness and the evil spirits.
At one time North Africa was the center of Christianity. However, Satan has had a stronghold on all of Africa for several centuries. Despite the presence of the gospel and the growth of the Church over the last 100 years the African culture still affirms animism and sorcery. Animism continues to “severly limit and cripple african society through abuse, fear and deceit”. (Wolford)
It is Dr. Wolford’s opinion that sorcery is on the increase across Africa. Those interested in coming alongside the Congolese church need to be cognizant of this fact and be prepared to deal with it in some form or fashion.
I would strongly encourage the reading of this book.