The secret societies of Liberia are rarely spoken about openly and many things about them remain a mystery. It’s hard to say what percentage of people are initiated members of these societies (it could be 5% or could be 50%), but nonetheless their influence on society is strong.
These secret societies, or bush societies, are not just something that happens far out in villages, these societies and their accompanying witchcraft are prevalent throughout the entire country- in every socio-economic level and every tribe, and in every aspect of life including government, medicine, agriculture, education, family, and most devastatingly, the church. They are an underlying current of the culture here that everyone recognizes in some way by either joining, consulting, or fearing, but rarely condemning.
There are many twisted and sick beliefs of the secret societies with one of them being that by consuming the heart or by drinking the blood of another human being, you will gain power. With each person’s bloodshed, comes more power. During election season, when the fight to gain power is the most intense, this means that innocent people of Liberia are even more at risk of becoming pawns in someone else’s race for power.
Last week, we found out that the son of one our staff members, Ma Yeaney, was murdered as the victim of a ritualistic killing in Monrovia. He was just 15 years old, his young life cut short because of someone else’s greed. It’s sickening and heart-wrenching to watch a mother grieve for her murdered child. This should never happen. And worse, these types of crimes will most likely never be brought to the courts, for fear of retribution. And so the cycle of pain and injustice in Liberia continues on.
Dear God, we pray for your protection over the country of Liberia right now. Please, God protect the people, the children especially, from danger and from becoming victims of this violence. Keep them safe. Be with the mothers and families who mourn for their children, comfort them in a way that only you can and help them to find peace in you. We know God that we might never see justice on Earth for those who murdered Ma Yeaney’s son nor those who have committed numerous other undocumented murders during this election season, but we know God that you are a God of justice and you will crush the wicked and their ways will not prevail. Please God, help the church here to be strong in their faith and their convictions, not afraid to bring to light and condemn the evil that is going on all around them. Help the world to know and to see that You are greater and more powerful than any evil thing of this world. Help them to know YOU. In Your Son’s holy name, Amen. Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you.
Amos 5:24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.”