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Lilith Campbell got her Christian calling at age 12

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2015 | 10:26 AMShanique Samuels

Pastor Lilith Campbell was only 12 years old when she received her calling. She said she had a vision while she slept one night.

"While I was sleeping, I had a dream where I saw this man and he called my name and said, 'Lilith, I have chosen you to do my work.' I was so scared because I saw only the face of the person, but I quickly said all right because I thought the voice was so loud and I didn't want it to wake up my parents," Campbell told Family and Religion. She said after that episode, she began acting strangly.

"When I went to school, my friends saw that I was different, and they asked me why was I acting so weird, but I couldn't explain to them what was happening because even I didn't understand it," she told Family and Religion.

Even though she could not fully comprehend what was happening to her, Campbell embarked on a soul-searching journey that took her to several churches until she eventually got baptised in a Baptist church in Mitchell Town, Clarendon.

"Long after, I noticed I didn't want to wear a hat. I preferred to tie my head. Everything I got my hands on, I used to tie my head," she said.

Later on in adulthood, Campbell said she had yet another vision. "The lady in the dream had a white cloth on outstretched arms and she told me to wear it. So I asked what it meant and was told that I got a turban, and I should make it and wear it, and when I started wearing it, I would get more colours."

Campbell said soon afterwards, she started getting colours to make dresses and more turbans. The colours, she explained, represent the 12 tribes of Israel. The bandana is also a dominant feature in the Revivalist attire. It is used to wrap the woman's head and to make dresses to wear for church.

"Our (spiritual) messenger tells us what colours to wear and how to tie our head so that when they come, they see us in what they want us to wear.

"Remember that the Bible tells us that there are higher heights and deeper depths, so they call us Obeah church because we go down into deep depths of healing and revival. Our movement comes straight off the movement of our ancestors in Africa," she noted.

Campbell, who is the pastor at the Good News Seventh-day Zion Healing Assemblies Church, has been saved for more than 30 years as a revivalist and has been the pastor at that church for almost a year.