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Your “Yes” to God’s Call is BIGGER Than You Think

His name is Surprise Sithole, and he is the happiest man I’ve ever met. It wasn’t just that he smiles a lot—this guy laughs pretty much all the time. He overflows with joy, and it truly is contagious. When filming with him, often I would just look at him, he’d grin back at me, and I’d start to giggle myself.

Surprise Sithole

A few years ago,somewhere in South Africa, I sat with Surprise and I told him an idea I had. I’d like him to pray to God and ask Him where we should go. Once he got an answer from the Lord, we would hop in the car and just kind of see what happens when we get there. The plan was to walk around,pray for people and just see what God might have in store for us.

The reason I was asking Surprise to do the asking was simple. This guy had stories unlike anything I’d heard before.

For starters, this guy speaks 14 languages, most of which he received supernaturally. He’s been a part of at least 5 resurrections from the dead, including one person who had been dead for 4 days. His conversion to Christianity happened when he was a teenager and is a good example of the insanity of this guy’s life.

His parents were both witch doctors in their local village, and he was awoken one night by an invisible presence shaking the mat he was sleeping on. An audible voice spoke to him and said, “You have to leave this village right now or you’re going to die.” He crawled out of the hut, found one of his friends, and the two of them headed into the jungle where they summarily got lost and wandered around for the next two weeks.

After wandering for so long, a man found them and told them that the Lord had shown them to him in a dream and where he could find them. He told the boys about Jesus, and after a terrifying vision of hell, Surprise gave his life to God. It was shortly after this that he found out that his entire village was ambushed and slaughtered the night he and his friend fled into the night.

So if Surprise was telling me God was giving us a village to go to that was a 4 hour car ride away, I certainly wasn’t going to argue with him. Almost as soon as we arrived in the village, we met a woman who lived there who was willing to help us. We were in the middle of nowhere, so any help we could get was great. We told her we were looking for sick people to pray for, and she started taking us to various homes where we were able to pray for people and explain to them who Jesus was.

At one point, there was a delay and Surprise and the woman talked for a while as I looked on wondering what was going on. After some back and forth, Surprise turned to me and told me that she was going to take us to the local witch doctor’s house. Um, okay.

After a 10 minute walk, we entered a dusty courtyard and immediately met a very blind, very elderly woman sitting on a chair. Surprise told her we are going to dance with her today, and I’m wondering if that’s really the thing we want to tell a woman who is not only a blind witch doctor, but can barely walk without assistance.

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We began to pray for her legs and her eyes, and at one point Surprise told her to stand up and walk around, see if she can walk on her own. She needed a little help at first, but shortly she was walking completely on her own. Her family told us she hasn’t been able to do that in 5 years!

Surprise leaned in and asked her if she can see now. This witch doctor looked him dead in the eyes and said, “I can see. Yes, I can see now.” Apparently Jesus wasn’t kidding when he said the blind will see and the lame will walk! I was now certain this woman was going to do the thing that mattered most: repent of her sins and giver her life to Jesus.

But that’s not exactly what happened.

While the witch doctor admitted that she felt much better and that God had truly touched and healed her, she was hesitant to burn all of her witch doctor talismans. She was frightened that the spirits she dealt with might retaliate against her if she severed her ties with them in such a direct way. Surprise continued to talk with her, as did her daughter, who needed no such cajoling. She had just seen for herself that God was real, and she now became one of our primary preachers!

At a certain point, a young man stood up and told us that he wanted to burn his stuff. He had been sitting on a chair watching everything and he was convinced. He was also the woman’s grandson and the resident witch doctor in training in the village. So we burned his talismans while the grandmother looked on, and the young man gave his life to the Lord.

As we were leaving, Surprise walked up to the grandmother and started to sing and clap, and I watched in amazement as this witch doctor started to dance to the Lord, just like Surprise had said she would do when we first met her.

It was one of the most amazing, divine things I’ve ever seen.

We began to pray for her legs and her eyesHe his talismans and gave his life to the LordThe witch doctor started to dance to the Lord!

Driving home from this encounter, I realized the incredible thing God had done. I was focusing on the big, showy encounter with an active witch doctor, yet God had his eyes not just on one person, but on an entire village. He moved in the heart of a young man, who would have perpetuated the darkness of voodoo in that village, and instead put him on the path to Bible training to become the first pastor of the first church this village would ever have.

God offered the same love and grace to the witch doctor herself, but her fear became a stumbling block. It was a perfect picture of what happens everyday in situations that are, admittedly, not quite as dramatic as this. God is offering the greatest gift in history to everyone, regardless of who they are or what they’ve done, and we either respond by saying yes, or creating an excuse.

Thankfully, God is tireless, and as long as we still have breath in our lungs, He will pursue us. Not because we’ve done anything to deserve it, but simply because He loves us more than we even love ourselves.

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9 Comments

  • Faithfultothetruth

    Thank you for sharing this story about Surprise. It blessed me greatly. It reminded me of my growing up in a church that practiced the gifts of the Spirit, including the gift of healing and saw many miracles. It wasn't weird or hyper-spiritual, it was just an everyday occurrence. I've prayed for my kids and God immediately healed them. Unfortunately, most of the church has gotten away from allowing God to move as I know He wants to do. May God help us to find these gifts again, and begin to operate in them as we once did, just as Jesus told us to do, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons, ......". May God grant us the boldness to get beyond our fears and allow His Spirit to flow through us again to draw all men unto Him again!

  • Jule W

    love this story .... loved the movie ... love what Creator is doing ... bless you Darren!!

  • Dawn

    You have inspired me so much in my own faith walk, to walk in obedience and watch God work. I was going to the hospital to get an MRI for my shoulder and a woman and man were walking out. The woman was walking slowly with much pain. I introduced myself to them and asked how they were. I said that they may think it strange, but I felt I was supposed to pray for her. I asked what was wrong and she said her back. I told her my husband has been struggling with degenerative disk disease for two yrs so I understood. She said she also has degenerative disk disease and asked if we could pray in the shade by her car. I asked if I could put my hand where it hurt and she agreed. We three prayed and I commanded the pain to leave in Jesus mighty name. We prayed in the spirit for a bit and said amen. She had a smile on her face and could now walk and bend ambly from side to side and we praised God. I told my mother-in-law about it. Her feet were red and swollen and her hips have been hurting for many months now. I prayed in Jesus name over her. The redness disappeared and she was able to bend her knee to lift her foot t on her lap. She was so amazed because she had not been able to do this before. I give all thanks to my Lord. I learned if I step out in faith when He tells me that His glory will shine.

  • angie

    Thanks for sharing. God bless you and all that you do

  • sidiqat

    God is awesome...He said Mark 16:17-18King James Version (KJV) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Matthew 10:7-9King James Version (KJV) And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

  • Nicole Sudhoff

    Amazing! I love to watch the things God is doing and longing to do as you and the people you partner with cooperate (in the truest sense - operate together) with Holy Spirit! Thank you for learning to hear, see, and follow Him so that we can be inspired to do the same!

  • Stephen Van Dusen

    Good job, may the Lord bless you and keep you, may he make his face to shine upon you, and give you peace.

  • Terry Lannon

    I have seen all of Darren's films and i can honestly say that his heart is true. I feel no intent of deceit from his presentations. I love Jesus so much. The Lord gave me a real life Rev, 3:20 almost seven years ago. and I have never been the same. We all are to step out and do Gods work by being faithful to Him and Him alone. I have been feeling the Holy Spirit on and with me for some time, and only recently I have been willing to step out and touch people for healing, and we are seeing results, small little miracles, gifts from God. This weekend we prayed for a woman in our store who had major migraine and ear problems. Holy Spirit fell and we layed hands on her. Initially her body was hard and cold like steel. She was rock solid with tension and ear pain and a migraine. We, MY wife Leslie and I called for healing and release. He came, and softened her body and her migraine subsided. When she left our shop and I hugged her i could feel a totally different person, soft, light, warm, relaxed. I know its small, but if we are faithful in the little things God notices it and is well pleased. Thank you WP. Your mission is a blessing. If you are ever in Rockport, ma, We own a gallery called JettyWalk Arts, on Bearskin Neck, featuring handmade crafts and art. We also are starting a Mission section called Yahweh, Gifts. All products in this area are going to Charity, Vets and Missions we love. Cape Ann in MA is on the map for evangelical ministry. God is planting Churches up in this area, so if your a Jesus Freak like me, and Like the East Coast Cape Ann is looking for more pray warriors Terry Lannon

  • Kevin Ott

    So amazing. Just...wow. Thank you for putting this down into writing.

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