A Testimony that Has Changed an Entire Nation
Spanning west of Lake Tanganyika, in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Africa, there lays the home of herdsman tribe of Banyamulenge. It is a place free of pollution, extremely nice weather with green hills, mountains and prairies. Its People are not rich but live relatively better than most of their countrymen. The Banyamulenge people are known as a Christian nation, a place where worship songs and evangelistic crusades are the only entertainment activities. God's affairs are the center of people's lives. Religion and culture are intertwined. Why is this and how did it happen?
One of the factor to this Christ-Like lifestyle among the Banyamulenge people is the life changing testimony of Mama Domitila Nabibone, a holy woman of God whose spiritual hunger and thirst caused her to find God at early age. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). When God called Mama Domitila at first to serve Him, not only was she young but she was a villager from the lowest of the lowest class. At the time God took her to visit heaven, she was only 17 years old. She was a newlywed and illiterate. Her feet had never entered any kind of school and she had never been exposed to any civilization whatsoever.
Regardless of her low ranking class, the Lord chose her. Through her obedience and faithfulness to the Lord, she was made a God’s handmaiden, a history maker! Today, many thousands people of Banyamulenge have been transformed by her testimony, love and dedication to God’s work. In her, these words were fulfilled, “He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes, with the princes of His people. He makes the barren woman abide in the house as a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 113:7-9)
In 1968, a young woman by the name of Domitila Nabibone – called by many as Mama Domitila died for four days and was taken to heaven by two angels. Eleven companions were with her when this took place. Following a persecution they were going through, they had decided to retire to a remote forest for an indefinite time, to seek the Lord through fasting and prayer. They were determined not to leave from this retreat until God speaks to them and give them clear direction.
While on the third day of their prayer retirement, Domitila died and was escorted to heaven by two angels, leaving behind her lifeless body. Her companions finding her limp body planned to take her home for burial but a prophetic word was given to them to not bury her. The Holy Spirit revealed He would bring her back to life! They believed this word of prophecy and carried Mama Domitila’s body to her village, walking for hours under a heavy rain. Once they arrived in the village, they did not bury her but instead they waited upon the Lord.
After four days, to the surprise of all, Mama Domitila came back to life with a rich testimony that has brought millions of souls around the globe to Christ! In Heaven, she saw the Lord Jesus Christ and she was shown many glories of heaven including the mansions of the saints, the New Jerusalem, the church on earth and much more. She was also shown visions of the end times, the antichrist with more details. She was also commissioned by the Lord Jesus to travel around the world giving a detailed account of everything she saw while she was taken.
It is noteworthy to say that it is in Heaven where she learned to read, having been born in the remote village where she never received any formal training neither in reading nor in writing prior to her death. During her ministry, there are incidents when she ministered alongside an Angel of the Lord to unreached peoples, speaking languages she did not know.
In more than 40 years of faithful ministry, Domitila gave her testimony to countless people in Africa, Europe, Canada and United States of America; both to the rich and to the poor. She has also been received by kings, presidents and heads of nations. She lives now in Canada with her husband. She travels all over the world, sharing her testimony which brings thousands to Christ.
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