Abra is my partner in ministry as I work to provide Biblical training for Togolese pastors’ wives. She goes with me as I travel to train pastors and does much of the training herself. In April I attended the funeral of Abra’s father. It was heartbreaking to see her older brother Kofi at the funeral. He came up to talk to me, and I honestly didn’t recognize him (there were many crazy people at the funeral so I almost ignored him thinking he was one of them) but then realized that he had lost so much weight since the last time I saw him, I didn’t recognize him. He admits he is the drunk of the family. This is so hard for Abra as it was Kofi that encouraged her to go to church with him, and it was there Abra came to know Jesus as her Savior! Now Kofi had become addicted to alcohol and lives as a recluse. Abra was so upset about his getting drunk at the funeral. I told her that she has God to help her in her grief, but her brother doesn’t have God—that’s why he has to turn to something to drown our sorrows. We could only have faith and pray that God can break these chains of addiction.
In our 5th week of class training pastors’ wives, we studied Jesus healing the demoniacs. Since that time, Abra and I have been crying out to God for Kofi’s deliverance! Recently we met to pray and she told me that the weekend before, people had come to get her mom because Kofi was drunk– passed out somewhere in the village. I remember feeling a bit discouraged with this news, but Abra said “Jesus healed Legion and He can heal my brother and deliver him from all these chains.”
Three days ago, Abra called me. She and her husband had been to see Kofi and after sharing the Gospel with him and asking him if he knew he was in bondage, he went in his room and brought out his fetishes and said these were the things that were binding him and he wanted to follow Christ and burn the fetishes!!!!!!!!! Abra asked me to pray a lot afterwards and we did. Sunday we had the privilege of worshiping with Kofi—he was clothed and in his right mind! HALLELUJAH!!!
Please pray that we will see spiritual fruit in Kofi’s life.
-Shared by Beky Poteat