And in the middle, a sermon by a Turkana man who had been in line to inherit his father's role as a witch doctor, but who preached the victory of Jesus over the powers of the world from John 16:33. From Isaiah, he read about the promise of new things, of water in the desert and related it to the discovery of a deep water table under his arid homeland. Echoes of Jesus' words in Revelation 21: Behold, I make all things new. Behold, the victory.
Which led to an interesting Kingdom paradox: celebration of traditional culture with proclamation of a new way. Holding onto the beauty of tribal songs but changing the words and focus to the one true God. This tension between rejecting witchcraft and embracing tradition has challenged the church in Africa. I doubt that we get it right. But today was a solid attempt to hold onto the past and view it in the truth of the present.