It was late November and we were getting work done at eDwaleni(the pastors and leaders training center). The neighbor came over. He apparently had dreadlocks at one point-and shaved his head, except for 1 "lock". This thick Sharpie pen sized thing bouncing about the right side of his head-just above his ear.
The Chiefs office had marked the land we just occupied, and Mr. M had a concern saying they were pushing him out and that part of that land was his. He was...Very High (He had just walked from the back of the property from smoking something under the tree).
He came up and his eyes were darting and he was a bit twitchy. I explained that he can no longer do those things near our property, or i will have to call the police(i was quite stern-culturally it's not the best thing to be direct). He said "Call them, they know i do this, they don't care. He then said "you know i believe in God, you pray for me". So we did. We prayed that the devils influence in his life would cease, that the void would be filled with the Holy Spirit, and that he would be cured from needing substances to escape.
(i am confident that the devil was controlling him in his actions and speaking)
I felt bad about the harsh tone i had used with him-even though it was most likely not even him, and I took advise from Luke 6:28 "Bless those that curse you". He was definitely cursing us. I brought back some corn meal and soups for him the following day. It took him 3 hours to receive the gift-he thought i put poison in it to get rid of him.
He has wandered around the neighborhood ever since. Today, as i was painting there, he walked in and said "I saw you come in and wanted to see you". I said "MALAZA, i am so happy to see you, how are you?" He pointed to his head-"do you see a difference?". I said "where is your dread lock?". He explained that he cut it off...
This is where I was so encouraged; I don't know if he told me the truth, but i am believing for it! His response "Since that day you were firm with me and prayed, I have quit smoking and am healthier, I was sick for 3 weeks, but am better now. I have changed and left that behind" My spirit jumped within me!
Will you join us in prayer: that this will be a permanent change for him, that the enemy will be bound from attacking him, and that the Lord will continue to lead him into a deep relationship. We will see him every week or more now, so we are expectant!