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Learn how this modern-day Samson discovered a new, greater powerBlack Samson
by Levi Keidel

African Strong Man
Discovers Greater Power

A deeply moving true story of the emergence of a black man from the jungles of Zaire to a position of prestige and influence. Powered by pride of race and lust for women, this modern-day Samson murdered a white soldier and was thrown into jail.

Through years of altercations with his jailers, Maweja suffered unspeakable torture. He retaliated by overpowering fellow prisoners, raping the prison's women employees. Maweja was a marked man - a known "lifer" feared by all for his violent temper and great strength.

But the ways of God are astonishing. Intrigued by a fellow prisoner who had discovered the life of God through Jesus Christ, Maweja read pages from the Bible forbidden to prisoners.

The day came when he committed his life to Jesus. Freed, at least in spirit, he now came under vicious persecution by his jailers and fellow prisoners. But God was not through with Maweja.

The miracle of his release from prison is as strange and exciting as the unfolding of this astonishing story of a black man's discovery of himself and a new power greater than he had ever possessed before.

The true story of Maweja Apollo as told by Levi Keidel

About the Author
Levi KeidelLevi Keidel and his wife, Eudene, were missionaries under appointment of the Africa InterMennonite Mission to Zaire for 30 years. He was a college instructor for eight years. Levi has written six books. His articles have appeared in some 60 periodicals. He has an M.S. degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. degree in Mission and Evangelism from Trinity International University.

The Keidels have four grown children, are retired, and reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Other books by Levi Keidel: Footsteps to freedom,, Stop treating me like God, War to Be One, Caught in the Crossfire, Conflict or Connection: Interpersonal Relationships in Cross-Cultural Settings. Book by his wife, Eudene Keidel: African Fables: That Teach About God.


Chapters Ready to Read or Print Out from the Web

  1. I Throw Out a White Man
  2. My Forefathers Were Cannibals
  3. Tshiyamba is Sacrificed
  4. I Learn about "The Great Chief"
  5. A Diviner Determines Adultery
  6. My Father's Many Wives
  7. Praise Goes to My Head
  8. I Kill a Soldier
  9. I am Beaten, Bound
  10. My Death Sentence
  11. I Hide My Evil
  12. The Riddle
  13. Pages from God
  14. Guilt Brings Deliverance
  15. I Recall Pieces of Wisdom
  16. Meetings in the Shadow of Death
  17. God Keeps His Word
  18. My First Test: Lust
  19. I Seek a Wife
  20. My Christian Walk Alienates Many
  21. God Makes Me To Triumph
  22. Epilogue
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This is an excellent resource for your personal devotions. Pass it on to your missionary and prison chaplain friends. Mail a chapter each week to an inmate.


Because of your generous gifts, The Missing Link is able to distribute this book, free-of-charge, to prisoners. Perhaps after reading Black Samson, you would like to have a paperback edition of the book.

Why a Paperback Edition?

- It's handy
- It's more durable than printouts
- Not easily lost like loose, printed pages
- A great witnessing tool
- A great Christmas present


57 copies

The Missing Link has published a special, paperback edition of Black Samson for distribution to prisoners. Your gift of $30.00 will ship a box of 57 copies of Black Samson to a prison chaplain, as long as supplies last. Donate online with international funds by clicking the PayPal Donate button to the left, or Use regular postal service to send your donation by check or money order in U.S. dollars only to the address below.

We also have a limited supply which we can make available to the general public. To receive your copy, please send any reasonable donation to help with our printing, shipping, and handling costs. Any amount above our actual cost will be used to help us minister to more prisoners. Donate online with international funds by clicking the PayPal Donate button to the right or by credit card. Optionally, you may use regular postal service to send your donation by check or money order in U.S. dollars only to the following address:

Black Samson Request
The Missing Link, Inc.
P. O. Box 40031
Cleveland, OH 44140-0031
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What Others Are Saying About Black Samson

"Thanks for your ministry of e-mailing the book, Black Samson. It has challenged me as a christian in so many ways."

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"This book really related to the life I had and the life I'm now facing - especially the apprehension he faced after release. For I'm now 70 days away from being released, after being incarcerated for 5 years."

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"I related my life very closely to Black Samson. I had been in prison before and was a person with many, many bondages. I think about the chains that I read about in this book. I never had physical chains like the ones he had on his neck, but I had spiritual chains that were just as real. I think that all Christians can relate in one way or another, the dropping off of the chains.

"Jesus gave me a new life, new hope, and a new attitude. There are still chains and we are still prisoners, but we are prisoners of Christ and our chains are of being partakers of the afflictions of the Gospel (2 Tim. 1:8).

"This book has been such an inspiration to me. I pray that as I prepare to leave this place and return to my Christian family that I will never let its meaning depart from me. I have not read many books in my life, but I do believe that this book is the second best I've ever read. I need not make mention of the first."

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"Black Samson has really helped me with my understanding of God. It has given me a clean understanding on what God wants from me. I really enjoyed that book. So much that I am going to take it home with me, whenever I get released from prison, to share it with my family and new friends."

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"I have just finished reading Black Samson and the life and realization that Maweja has lived is quite similar to mine.

"I am in prison for something that I thought was right at the time. I was bound in slavery to Satan. In the short time I have set here, I have been at war within myself to bring myself back to my Lord Jesus Christ. My war is very similar to Maweja's. One step at a time, I find myself being set free by God's grace. Being in here (prison) things happen every day that make me want to change my mind and continue living the path the world sees fit. I am beating myself for getting myself in this situation. The anger inside me is slowing down my walk with the Lord. See, because I'm in prison doing time, my family is on the outside doing time, too. That makes me want to hate myself. I do love Jesus. I am having an extremely hard time understanding His ways.

"When I read this book, I finally felt as if there was somebody out there who understood how I felt. That gave me some relief. I didn't feel all alone any more. I know the Lord knows how I feel but communicating with someone of the flesh who understands my feelings helps ease the feeling of loneliness."


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