From Spirit Guides to the Holy Spirit

Ivani Greppi was introduced to the Umbanda (Yoruba) Religion in Brazil at the age of fourteen. She was considered a medium from birth due to her psychic “gifts” of seeing the spirit world from early childhood. Then she found deliverance through Jesus Christ.


An Ambassador for Christ

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins”    (Col. 1:13-14 NKJV) 

Escaping the Darkness

Finding the Light

Cast Out

How does a familiar spirit—a demonic entity—an evil imp—gain entrance into a family line and remain there for centuries? How does such a dark power transfer from one generation to the next—refusing to yield its turf? Do these ‘spirit-beings’ function under the authority of superior shadowy forces, a spiritual hierarchy whose primary focus is to attack the vulnerable to steal what is good, maim what is whole, pervert what is pure, sicken what is healthy, and destroy anything of lasting value?

Helping You Walk Out of Darkness

Unlock Your Full Freedom in Christ.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new
(2 Cor. 5:17 NKJV).

For generations, my family and I put our trust in gods, spirit guides, and false teachings of the occult. In 1997, I was delivered and saved by Jesus Christ from the deception of being a medium and the practice of Umbanda Spiritism. Throughout the years, I’ve met many Christians with similar experiences and backgrounds.

What must I do to be saved?

The word “saved” means delivered. Jesus came to deliver us from our fallen state, from the sin of our past, from the state of separation from God, and from the control of the lower nature. To be delivered from the darkness of separation from God, invite Jesus into your heart by faith and confess Him as Lord of your life.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:17)

But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. (John 1:12)

Romans 10:9-10
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 

Romans 10:13
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Aren't all religions the same?

The human spirit is saved or regenerated only through the experience of being washed in the blood of Jesus and born again. Only through this rebirth of the inner man can a worshiper contact the true and living God, for only then does the Spirit of God dwell within. No other religion or mode of spirituality can provide this restoration and wholeness to those who are seeking.

What works best : Prayer or chanting?

In his first main sermon, Jesus gave a clear command, “When you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words” (Matthew 6:7). Repeating the same phrase in a monotone voice hundreds of times would certainly not be an acceptable way to try and communicate to fellow human beings. If we attempted to do so, they would surely depart from us as quickly as possible. Why do we think God, who is far more intelligent, would be please with such methods. Prayer is not that mystical or mechanical; it is real and relational. Talk to Jesus like He is the best friend you have, because—He is. 

How do I become a true disciple?

There are eight primary signs of a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. They include: forsaking all sin, worldliness, and false religious practices to serve the true God, taking up your cross daily and following Jesus (living a sacrificial, selfless, and prayerful life), continuing in God’s Word (applying all biblical truth to your life), and bearing much fruit for the Father’s glory.

Salvation Scriptures

Scripture is a powerful force. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…” (Hebrews 4:12). There is no substitute for the words of the Bible in our lives.


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What Is Umbanda Spiritism?


Umbanda practitioners believe in a supreme creator god; the use of a medium to contact the spirits of deceased people; reincarnation and spiritual evolution through many physical existences; and the practice of charity.

What is Umbanda Spiritism

Umbanda practitioners believe in a supreme creator god, a number of lesser deities, the use of a medium to contact the spirits of deceased people, reincarnation and spiritual evolution through many physical existences, and the practice of charity.

Where do Umbanda Spiritists meet?

Umbanda practitioners usually meet in temples, but ceremonies are also performed on beaches, in forests, or near waterfalls.

Are sacrifices offered to the gods in Umbanda?

There are no animal sacrifices in Umbanda. However, offerings of candles, flowers, libations, food, tobacco, perfume, and many other items are presented to deities, usually in nature settings.

Is Umbanda like any other religion?

Umbanda draws heavily from Ifa African religion. It is very similar to Santeria (found primarily in Cuba) and Voodoo (practiced heavily in Haiti).

What really happens when practitioners enter a trance-like state?

Even though the expectation is for deities to respond to the rituals, it is actually evil spirits who possess those involved in the practices of Umbanda.

About Me

Ivani, already experiencing seeing “shadow people and spirits of the dead” (demonic manifestations).

Ivani was born in Brazil. Her ancestors who were European immigrants to Brazil were spiritist mediums. Her paternal great-grandparents, who immigrated from Portugal to the United States, were Roman Catholics

Ivani experienced seeing spirits throughout her childhood and was told that she had the gift of mediumship

In 1968, at the age of 9, Ivani and her family immigrated to the United States. For five years, they lived in Taunton, Massachusettsthe same city her paternal grandmother was born

Ivani, Recently indoctrinated into Umbanda

At the age of 14, Ivani returned to Brazil. During this time, she was indoctrinated into Umbanda, a spiritual practice derived from the African Yoruba, Ifá faith, syncretized with spiritism and Roman Catholicism. 

She returned to the United States in 1975, after two years of practicing as a medium of Umbanda

In 1997, a Brazilian missionary pastor visited the family’s printing shop in Kissimmee, Florida. At that time, the business was called Pyramid Printing due to their occult and New Age beliefs. 

Redeemer Printing, family business in Kissimmee since 1988  where the pastor first met Ivani’s sister.

Pastor Alexandre Oberlaender led her entire family to Christ after Ivani was delivered of demonic possessionThe family business name was soon changed to Hosanna Printing. When the business was passed on to Ivani and her sister, it became Redeemer Printing.  

Since becoming a Christian, Ivani dreamed of writing about her and her family’s dangerous experiences with spiritism, her ancestors’ fascinating immigration history, and ultimately their salvation in Jesus Christ. It took almost 18 years to complete her manuscript

At St. Augustine Beach where Ivani lives

Her husband, children, and family supported her vision with encouragement and faithful prayers throughout this time.

Ivani, her parents and sister when they arrived in Boston from Brazil in 1968.

Maciel and Ivani’s wedding, June 17,1978.

Ivani signing DRB contract for CAST OUT


Baptism in the Jordan River 12/2019 (Ivani’s uncle accepted Jesus Christ as his savior)


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Video Teachings

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Many religions include Jesus in their doctrinal base, but they define His identity, His nature, and His purpose in non-biblical, and often, heretical ways. Bible believers need to be equipped to recognize these erroneous views and respond with the truth. At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” (Mt. 16:13) 

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In this video podcast, former teacher of Kundalini Yoga, Mike Shreve, shares irrefutable proof that many yoga poses are far more than just physical exercises. They are acts of worship toward Hindu deities. The spiritual power released is not the power of the Holy Spirit. You will be amazed at this video and the important truth that comes with it.

The Evil Eye - What is it?

 Hearing the phrase—“the evil eye”—strikes fear in the hearts of those who are superstitious. It involves a belief that a malevolent glare directed toward a person can cause misfortune, harm, injury, catastrophic problems, and even death. Is this true? Does a person need protection? When Jesus identified an “evil eye” in His teaching, what was He referring to?

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