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What do Michael Jordan and India have in common?

Superstition is nothing new, even in America.

This article from Men’s Fitness exposes some superstitions of famous athletes:

  • Michael Jordan (basketball player) “wore his University of North Carolina shorts under his uniform in every game. Jordan led UNC to the NCAA Championships in 1982 and believed the mesh marvels brought him luck. In order to cover his lucky pair, Jordan began wearing longer shorts, which inspired a trend in the NBA.”
  • Serena Williams (tennis player) “believes much of her winning ways are the result of closely followed routines … these quirks include bringing her shower sandals to the court, tying her shoelaces a specific way and bouncing the ball five times before her first serve and twice before her second.”
  • Patrick Roy (hockey goalie) “would skate backwards towards the net before turning around at the last second—an act he believed made the goal shrink.”

We might chuckle at some of these odd superstitions.

But in India, superstition is no laughing matter. Superstition and fear go hand in hand. It can be dangerous.

And even life-threatening.

Especially in rural communities, a sick person often seeks out healing through a witch doctor. In some communities, families worship a tree, believing it is inhabited by a spirit or god. Many believe amulets will protect them from evil spirits, give them luck, and provide healing power. Widows are considered unlucky or even cursed.

We see many heartbreaking stories from India about superstition like this little boy’s parents had a hole burned in his hand as part of a local superstitious “cure.”

Will you join us in prayer that men, women, and children in India will experience freedom from fear and superstition through the power of Jesus Christ?

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