A difficult mother-in-law
Topic: Spiritual Warfare
Although she was a Christian, at 25 Hoa married a Buddhist. Like most Vietnamese, she moved into her in-laws’ house immediately after the wedding. From the first day, Hoa’s in-laws made life unpleasant for her and her husband. They hated Hoa for being a Christian and tried to force her to worship the family’s ancestors.
After seven years, Hoa and her husband were able to buy a place of their own. But Hoa’s new life wasn’t any easier. Her husband and children kept getting sick and Hoa would have a terrible headache whenever she was at home. What was wrong?
Hoa’s mother-in-law had asked a spirit-doctor to put a curse on her. Hoa’s neighbour was a spirit-doctor and offered to curse Hoa’s mother-in-law in return. But Hoa knew what she must do – she declined the offer, saying her God would protect her and she prayed. Shortly after this, her mother-in-law’s spirit-doctor died very suddenly and immediately Hoa and her family felt better.
- Spiritual warfare is often more apparent in Vietnam than in the West. Pray for believers to take up the ‘shield of faith’ every day.
- Pray for those who may be the only believers in their family, that they would be strengthened to endure difficult family circumstances.
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