Ouaddai Peoples of Northern Africa

(WUH-dye) – Zaynab is a young woman who has heard the gospel many times. There are aspects of the kindness and goodness of Jesus that are very attractive to her, but she admits to a fear that believing will condemn her father and other members of her family who have passed away to an eternity in hell. This fear is too much for her. Additionally, members of her family have been plagued with various illnesses. Each time, family tradition dictates that they visit the local witch doctor for healing. The witch doctor demands large amounts of money for sacrifices and herbal remedies that are often ineffective. Tradition and fear are strongholds in Zaynab’s life that hold her captive. Ask the Holy Spirit to remove her fears and set her free for a life of joy and peace and obedience to the Savior. Her story is common to many of the Ouaddai peoples who succumb to the strongholds of fear and tradition. “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!'” (Romans 8:15 ESV).