Occultism, Spirit Possession and Hysteria

During a recent visit to Western Kenya, I accompanied a friend for an emergency pastoral visit to a local primary school. Students, teachers and parents gathered at the rural school along with the local Chief, Councilor, District Medial Officer, Police Commander and four military personnel. 

All of these had come in response to school hysteria and multiple cases of “spirit possession.” Also present were religious leaders from a local cult who over a period of several days used a variety of rituals to try to “appease the evil spirits.” The spirits were apparently annoyed because a promised human sacrifice was never delivered. In a case that garnered national media attention, learning was paralyzed in the school for weeks.

Here’s an interview with one of the teachers along with a few clips I shot:

After the cult leaders were encouraged to leave, 6 girls received deliverance through prayer.

Diocesan Youth Pastor, Peter Omondi addresses distressed parents.

Local government leaders look on.
 Prayers following deliverance session.

Family Shots

 Paul Wilson relaxes after a tough day.

 Josh organizes his team for the Youth Fun Day.
Josh and Paul

The Chaves Family in Siaya

Well, internet has been desperately slow, but we’ve managed to post a few things this month from beautiful Siaya:

 In front of a small patch of maize next to where we are staying.
 Small group bible study in Chianda.
 Expectant Lucy in front of banana trees and the pit latrine and shower.
 Josh at his grandfather’s home in Kaluo.
 During an outreach at Rabar Market
 Small group fellowship during the Youth Conference.
Marching along the highway to Bondo.