Sunday Adelaja’s Blog
Demons are real and they could torment people no end.
A woman from Uganda who is now a successful lawyer in the United States attested to this, saying her acceptance of Jesus Christ in her life finally vanquished the demons that haunted her for years.
Interviewed by CBN News, Jahan Berns said she grew up in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, a country in Africa known for its witch doctors.
She said the demons started showing up in her life when she was 7 years old. That was the time when her father, a high ranking officer in Idi Amin’s army, was killed in an ambush.
The loss of her father devastated her and she began to have nightmares. “I woke at night, sweating and sometimes screaming. I was seeing my father’s corpse. When my father left my world everything lost meaning and a part of me died,” she said.
Following family tradition, she prayed to her ancestors and consulted the witch doctor, who told her she had a spiritual guide who was always with her, especially at night. “Sometimes I felt these cold fingers touching the back of my neck. Then I always felt like someone was always sleeping in my bed,” she said.
For five years she endured all those restless nights. When she reached the age of 12, Jahan decided to convert to Islam, hoping that would drive away the demons pestering her. “I was willing to become a Muslim because I was desperate. I was tired of the nightmares. I was tired of the fear. I recited those prayers very religiously, but I never heard a response,” she said.
The following year, her mother secured a grant for Jahan to attend a boarding school in Gayaza, Uganda, run by British missionaries. “This was the first time that I was around Christian students, and I absolutely detested them because I didn’t understand what they were happy about. I didn’t have the feeling they had. I felt like I was always wanting to explode. I became so angry and so hateful,” she said.
But despite her ill manners, the girls treated her with kindness. One day she became mad with one of her classmates when she told her about her dream that she, Johan, “is going to get saved by the Holy Ghost.”
She accidentally injured her classmate after she shoved a table on her. But instead of retaliating, the girl she offended forgave her. “I was so moved. She was giving me mercy when I didn’t deserve it. I walked away. But something in me broke, seeing that girl’s kindness,” she said.
Days later another classmate gave her a copy of the Bible, telling her to sleep with the Bible on her bed and just hug it in case she wakes up at night feeling scared and haunted by the demons.
When her nightmares returned that night, Jahan opened the Bible, and came to Psalm 91: “You will not be afraid of the terror by night. No harm will come near you for He will give His angels charge over thee. You will trample on the lion and the serpent.”
She said she stayed up all night reading. “I said, ‘God, if you will take away this darkness, if you will set me free, I will serve you for the rest of my life.’ I began to sob. When the tears finally stopped I felt so clean, so pure.”
“The more I read the Bible the more I fell in love with Jesus. I said, ‘Jesus come into my heart.’ Jesus began to replace my bad dreams with good dreams.”
Jahan embraced Christianity and emigrated to the U.S. in 2004. She eventually graduated from law school and got married.
She is now a practicing attorney, the mother of two children, and an active church member and volunteer.
The demons have left her and she now sleeps peacefully.
“God came in and became the father that I didn’t have. I would have been a good candidate for a mental institute had it not been for Jesus, but He healed me. He set me free. He restored me. I have a good life because of Jesus. He can do it for anyone,” she said.