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23 January 2017

Uncle Som

 

Uncle Som

 

“If he does it, he will be dead within three months.”

That was the word that was spreading around the village about Uncle Som. For some time he
was the main topic of gossip and conversation at the morning market. People couldn’t believe
that he was going to publicly renounce the way of the spirits. They said he even planned to
remove the altar for his ancestors from the corner of his house and forbid the house spirit to
return. The rumor was that the spirits would be angry and would take his life.

For a long time Uncle Som had also worshiped the spirits. But earlier in the year he had
heard the gospel from other Tai Dam, who were following the Lord. They told him of how
Jesus provides a new life for us, one that is free from evil spirits. He began trusting in and
following Jesus. However, for several months he still had the ancestral altar in his house and allowed
other family members to take part in animistic practices. Now he was ready to make a clean
break from all of it. Many others fasted and prayed for Uncle Som as he publicly turned away
from the spirits and from ancestor worship. Three months passed and he was alive and well,
joyfully praising Jesus and telling his story to other Tai Dam.

After about a year, Uncle Som’s testimony was making a far-reaching impact. In a Tai Dam
village in a nearby country, a group of Tai Dam families had turned to Jesus. They were realizing
that they needed to turn from their old ways but were worried about the response they would
face from their community. That’s when a Tai Dam Christian from Uncle Som’s village shared his
story with them. Now they are considering the way forward for them and have an example of a Tai
Dam man like them being faithful to God, despite the pressure to follow their traditional ways.

 

“…you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you by your forefathers.” (1 Peter 1:18)

 

  • Praise the Lord for Uncle Som and the freedom he has found in Jesus.
  • Pray for God to continue to bless him and use his story to impact other Tai Dam both near and far.
  • Pray for God to give courage and conviction to new Tai Dam believers to turn from spirit appeasement & ancestor worship and to give their allegiance to Jesus alone.