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Topic: RELAX (06/08/17)
TITLE: Revival in Oopsville
By Eneida Moscon
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The morning was bright and sunny. Before arriving at Oopsville, sister Belauca drove for three hours on dusty roads surrounded by crops and pastures.
Outside of the big shed, where the service was to be held, a church sign caught Belauca’s attention.
“Revival Worship Service Today with the Exorcist Belauca Anderson.”
She felt her heartbeat speeding and her legs weakening. This was going to be her first experience on preaching outside of her church since her senior pastor didn’t have someone else available. But the real problem was that they wrote Exorcist instead of Evangelist in that sign.
Brother Richard and his wife introduced sister Belauca to the congregation. It seemed that the entire Village gathered inside and around the place. She strengthened herself, took in a deep breath, and began to preach.
Though they didn’t have a microphone, her voice could be heard from the road. She lifted her arms, jumped up and down and walked around the pulpit.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, ” she pointed and wagged her finger.
They applauded, gave glory and cried. When Belauca made the call to salvation, many of them came to receive the blessing. Mr. Manoel, a short and slim man, came to the front with his wife and five kids. He confessed and repented of his sin of witchcraft, then he asked Belauca to pray for his deliverance.
“I cast out this evil spirit in Jesus name,” Belauca said and placed her hand over Mr. Manoel’s head.
Mr. Manoel shuddered, kicked his sandals off, and stepped into the middle of the room.
“Aarrgh,” the man screamed.
Some naughty boys ran out the door screaming to their lungs, “it’s the devil, it’s the devil.” Other people got close to the windows and doors. Brother Richard and his wife helped to remove the chairs out of the way, opening space for sister Belauca work on Mr. Manuel.
Sister Belauca drew near Mr. Manuel and placed her hand over his head again. This time, she flinched, and her body stiffened.
“Brothers and sisters, pray for me now,” she yelled. “I’m feeling a terrible resistance for the part of this evil spirit, but I won’t remove my hand from this man’s head, till this awful force goes away.”
Mr. Manoel kept wailing with his eyes closed. His body shook, and his toes curled.
“I’ll keep bearing this pain, and we’ll get the victory,” Belauca said and clenched her teeth.
Sister Belauca and Mr. Manuel rocked back and forth, trembling and screaming.
“I say to you devil, get out in Jesus name.” She pushed her hand on Mr. Manoel forehead, with the last strength left in her arm. The poor man bounced for a while, gave two steps back and opened his eyes. He stretched his body and sighed.
“It is gone, Alleluia!” Belauca screamed. Everybody shouted and praised the Lord.
Belauca’s shoulders sagged with the pain’s relief. She looked at the floor and saw one of Mr. Manoel sandals. She peered around looking for the other when she saw it. She noticed a crack on the cemented floor, and inside of it, she saw an exposed electrical wire. It was right there, where Mr. Manoel had his foot on, few seconds before he was delivered.
Nobody else saw the exposed wire. Sister Belauca blushed, turned and walked back to the pulpit. They finished the service with thanksgiving and prayers for Oopsville. The news about Mr. Manoel salvation and the revival in the Village spread out like fire.
A few days later, sister Belauca took counseling from her senior pastor.
“What could I do Pastor? I couldn’t tell them the truth about the wire…” She said holding back her tears.
“You did well sister Belauca, don’t worry,” Pastor Joe said, snorted, then laughed.
*Romans 6:23, NRSV
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