Dreams play an important role in the Church in Southern Africa. This has been very much the case in my ministr(ies). Dreams are not seen merely as representations of the unconscious, as they often are in the West, but as messages from God or His envoys. OBSERVATION: Here is an example. A young wife and mother had been drinking heavily, to the extent that she became very ill. Her doctor said to her: "Either you stop drinking, or it's the grave." At the same time, her late parents appeared to her in a dream, both dressed in white. They said: "Take up your cross, and carry it." From that day, she never drank again. I said: "Those were the perfect words for you, weren't they." She said: "They were the words I received. I carried them out."