“Touch it; if you don’t touch it, you won’t be our friend anymore!” These are the worst words you can say to a teenage girl, struggling to fit in at school. Though she had a bad feeling about it, after all it was just a game they wanted her to play wasn’t it? A popular game known as the ‘Charlie-Charlie challenge’ had come the latest craze at her school and today was her turn to play. The students performed the ritual to invoke a spirit to interact with two pencils balanced on top of each other in the shape of a cross. They drew a ‘yes’ and ‘no’ on the table and when Jackeline touched it, she had to ask it questions. “Charlie are you real?” Yes. “Charlie are you here?” Yes. “Charlie, if you are here, point at where you are”. And to her horror the pencil pointed straight at her heart. That was the day the life of little Jackeline Martinez changed forever.
A shy and introverted girl by nature, her desire shifted to a stranger dimension as her gentle demeanor devolved into an uncalled-for rudeness pitted with angry outbursts at home and at school. As her behavior publicly took an unprecedented turn for the worst, the fifteen-year-old’s private life warped into a personal prison of fear. She started seeing freakish visions and fearful nightmares. One of the most surreal occurred a day when the youngster fell asleep while studying in the company of her immediate family in their living room. The dream she fell into saw her and her family members in the same position but there was something wrong about their eyes. They gathered round her and told her they had a gift for her that she must drink.
Sensing something was not as it should be, she hesitantly waited as an iron goblet was produced containing a dark red liquid. “Drink it.” The family members commanded. When she didn’t move, they grasped her arms and legs, holding her still. Out of the corner of her eye, she barely glimpsed a dark figure swishing back and forth just out of the light. “No, why are you standing next to satan” she screamed, struggling as the cup was brought up to her lips. Before she could taste the ominous drink, she kicked out and woke up from the table with a jump and a wail. Her concerned mother rushed to her side, “Jackeline, is everything alright?” she asked but fear had already locked the mouth of the young girl who alone knew what had happened to her.
Jackeline’s parents had suspected something was not quite right about their daughter’s recent changes and they started frequenting different church meetings and deliverance services which yielded little or no impact on their daughter’s condition until they heard of the crusade with Prophet T.B. Joshua and decided to attend.
“Those of you that have contrary spirits, I don’t want you to leave here without you being delivered. If you leave here without deliverance, that spirit may not allow you to come here tomorrow.” Prophet T.B. Joshua said during the first day. “Therefore, you will not leave here without being delivered. Get ready for deliverance”. It seemed as if he was talking straight to Jackeline. During the mass prayer, the wicked demon inside the teenager was exposed and confessed that it had made the girl a daughter of satan and destroyed her life. She was brought from the stands to the pitch where she finally received her deliverance in a flash of the Holy Spirit’s power.
Testifying days later, Jackeline Martinez described how her mood had entirely changed. She no longer felt the need to be alone or the instantaneous reaction to be rude or rebellious to her mother and family. The joy of the Lord has replaced the sorrow the world had left in her heard and she advised teens across the world, “Don’t listen to your friends when they tell you to do stupid things; listen to God’s gentle whisper and He will lead you right. Believe in God.”