In her ministry to rural people in El Salvador, Cecilia faces some unique beliefs and practices. The following excerpt is in her words:
“One of the new things I have learned is that a fruitless tree must be put to shame by hanging old shoes on it – it will then have no choice but to give fruit!”
Then she continues:
“The Lord continues to show me the depth of all kinds of beliefs and cultural practices here. People believe that when someone gets sick, more often than not, it is some form of witchcraft act that has been committed against them. Please pray for wisdom and discernment as I address these topics in my conversations with the local people.”
Clearly there is a difference between these two anecdotes. The first is rather humorous, and presents a quirky interpretation of life’s incidents. However, the second isn’t funny at all — it speaks to both a mistrust of community and a deep-seated fear of the whole spirit realm.
May these people in rural El Salvador find that trust in Christ overpowers fear, and brings peace!