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Performing exorcisms overseas an amazing experience for Kusserow

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In addition to once banishing a deadly puff adder, the Rev. Ralph Kusserow performed multiple exorcisms as a Lutheran missionary in Asia and Africa.

Carol Kusserow reminded her husband of case after case when the couple recently reflected on their years abroad.

“We encountered a lot of demonic activity in Asia,” said Ralph Kusserow, recalling how it all started with the brother of a boy in a youth fellowship group.

Upon visiting the boy's home, Kusserow witnessed a Chinese Buddhist priest struggling to cast out evil spirits in the boy's brother.

“He was yelling and shouting,” Kusserow said about the boy's brother's behavior.

Kusserow, who learned nothing about exorcism as a seminarian, remembered Jesus dealing with demons in Scripture by asking for the demons' names.

Kusserow took the same approach with the screaming brother.

“So I asked for his name and found out there were five spirits in him, and they were all names of Chinese gods and goddesses,” Kusserow said.

“Well, I'm Christian,” Kusserow then told the brother.

“He just looked at me and said ‘I'm leaving,' and collapsed on the floor,” Kusserow said. “When he woke up, he had no recollection that he had been speaking to me.”

Later, the Chinese Buddhist priest told Kusserow that getting the names of evils spirits is the key to gaining power over them.

“I had gotten the names just by asking,” Kusserow said. “I had never done this before.”

But word apparently traveled about the transformed brother.

“So people began bringing their friends to us,” he said. “We had several instances where we saw people released from demonic power in the name of Jesus Christ.

“It was an important part of our ministry in Asia,” Kusserow said. “It's a wonderful thing to see. “

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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