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ISBN: 9789966062291
Imprint: HippoBooks
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 9
Publication Date: 30/06/2017
Pages: 104
Language: English

Out of the Shadows of African Traditional Religion

Christ’s Deliverance of a Sangoma


Francinah Baloyi was sixteen when the ancestors demanded that she continue the family tradition and be trained as a sangoma, one through whom the spirits would speak. She was twenty-three when Christ appeared to her in vision and cast out those spirits, showed her heaven and hell, brought her to repentance for her numerous abortions, and commissioned her to proclaim him. Today, she is a powerful preacher, who has led many to Christ. Her story demonstrates that conversion must affect every aspect of our life and challenges the syncretism that is threatening the church in Africa.

Author Bios

Moss Ntlha

MOSS NTLHA was profoundly influenced by his experience of the dark days of apartheid and his role in the struggle against it. He is now the General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa (TEASA) and the pastor of a church in Mohlakeng, near Johannesburg. He is committed to working with others to see transformation in self, people, communities and nations.


Once I started reading this book, I could not stop! This book is a must read for all African believers, teachers and students of African traditional religion, missionaries, and pastors.

Samuel Waje Kunhiyop
Author and General Secretary,
ECWA, Nigeria

Both Christians and non-Christians wrestling with the issue of African traditional religion will find that important matters are addressed in this amazing testimony. What this book has to say is relevant to Christian discipleship, ethics and public policy.

Dr Elijah Maswanganyi
Founder and director of Christ Is the Answer Global Ministries

I commend this book to those who are serious about the journey of faith and those who are still not sure and have not started. It demonstrates in a powerful way God’s presence in all areas of our existence in and outside of the church.

Rev Ziphozihle D. Siwa
President of the South African Council of Churches
Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Preface
    1. 1. Unusual Encounters
      1. The First Two Abortions
      2. A Strange Dream
      3. The Third and Fourth Visitor
      4. An Unusual Visitor
    2. 2. The Early Years
      1. Schooling
      2. The Move to Taolome
    3. 3. The Calling of the Spirits
      1. The Sacred Dream: Called to be a Sangoma
      2. The Second Coming of the Spirits
    4. 4. Called to Christian Ministry
      1. The Moment of Accountability
      2. Her Assignment
      3. A Dark Visitor
      4. Ministry Begins
    5. 5. A New Life and New Mission
      1. Facing Family
      2. Mission in the Village
      3. From Taolome to Giyani
      4. Church Life
      5. Victory Tabernacle
      6. Train Ministry
    6. 6. Current Ministry
      1. Starting the Church
    7. 7. This Book in Context
      1. A Pastoral Concern
      2. A Missiological Concern
      3. The Thirst for Freedom
      4. Delinking Christ from the Colonial Project
      5. The Problem of Abortion

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