One of the people Mattayo witnessed to was a witch doctor. This man became very angry and tried to kick Mattayo out of the village by intimidating him with threats of curses and using his village-given authority. Mattayo, however, stood his ground informing the witch doctor that Jesus' power was greater than all the black magic the witch doctor could muster. The witch doctor fell to the ground trembling. He asked Mattayo to return the next day so that he could speak with him again.
Many villagers told Mattayo not to return, because it would likely cost him his life if he did. But Mattayo was satisfied to die while sharing the good news of Jesus, his calling. He answered, "If I die it will be for the Lord." When Mattayo arrived at the witch doctor's house there was a crowd waiting inside. Mattayo, the Kenyan warrior for Christ, spoke for an hour to the group, then the witch doctor came forward to address them.
He told the villagers how when Mattayo told him that Jesus' power was greater than his magic something strange happened to him. He explained, "It was as if a big cross came out of the sky, went through my body and cleaned all the bad out of me! I must tell you that I am now a follower of Jesus and everyone of you will be too!"
And sure enough, now the witch doctor's house is a house church. This particular village happens to be a village full of warriors, the fiercest, most well-known in all of Kenya and now 1,800 of them have decided to become followers of Jesus after watching the Jesus Film. Many are nomads and so they have a traveling church that has worship services under trees across Kenya. Jesus knows how to gather even warriors to himself!
I like how Mattayo did not just speak the truth about Jesus power being greater than the black magic, but He added action to his faith making it alive and not empty words.
I love the witch doctor's testimony and how it vividly illustrates (to me) the dimensions beyond our 3-D thinking. The vision of the cross coming out of the sky and going through his physical body and impacting it is beyond 3D. It was like his eyes were opened not to just the spiritual dimension, but Jesus holy, pure and good dimensions. I say this because witch doctors and many tribal African people already acknowledge the reality of the spiritual realm beyond what the eyes see and that is demonstrated in the fact that they get in touch with evil spirits, satan and tap into their powers. Even though the witch doctor could see dark spiritual realities he was not able to see Jesus' good spiritual realities until He was told with words and with faith and the Holy Spirit showed him. What do you think about the dimensions involved with that cross appearing from nowhere and moving to him specifically, not to Mattayo, and sweeping through his body as well as making him aware of a removing of things within him- not all things, not his personality, not his memories, not his thinking processes, but those things which he identified as bad, but not the good? Tell me your thoughts....