Simeon told the DCI Team that before he came to Christ, he was a witchdoctor. He even built a temple for his rituals and the evil spirits that controlled him. Crowds of people would gather and sing for him and these spirits, while he would be dancing in this temple. He believed that the spirits of his ancestors would reveal the people’s problems to him and show him solutions. Influenced by evil spirits he would tell people their problems and would give them. Many people came from different places in Malawi and even as far away as Mozambique and Tanzania. They paid him, he earned a living through witchcraft. He believed the spirits of his ancestors helped him do his work. His faith was in charms, he did not believe in God. He would cut people’s bodies with a razorblade, so he could to spread charms in these wounds for healing. He believed he was healing sickness through spells and charms. He even had a uniform which he said he was led by the spirits to buy. When people who has been bewitched by him went to the hospital for help could not be helped by the doctors. They would have to come to him for help.
One day Bishop Dickens Mwakawonja Gondwe came to his house and reached him using the one to one discipleship booklet. Dickens is one of the pastors trained by the DCI Team at Uliwa. He led Simeon to Christ and began discipling him. Now Simeon is a changed man and so is his family. He has realized what he was doing was demonic and was not honouring God. He considers his past practices useless for the sake of Christ. He no longer uses charms nor believes in the ancestal spirits, but he now trusts only in Christ. After he was discipled, he began leading a Life Group and he was chosen as a church elder at his church. He now firmly believes that Jesus is the only Saviour and Healer. Instead of earning a living as a witch doctor, he now farms. They have family devotions each and every evening at his house.
Simeon Nyirenda comes from Manganani Village, Group Village Headman Mung’ombwa,Traditional Authority Wasambo. He is married to Chancy Gondwe and the Lord has blessed them with 7 children, 5 girls and 2 boys.
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