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Haiti: No more Satan’s land, rededicated to Christ – Account by On-site Missionary

March 3, 2010

Just a little historical factoid to lead you guys into this astounding story: Haiti is the only nation in the world dedicated to Satan. This dedication was done 200 years ago to free the Haitians of the French colonial rule. Since the turn of the 19th century, Haiti has gone through an earth-shattering evolution – from one of France’s richest colonies to one of the world’s most-ravaged, starving and corrupted societies.

Voodoo was made an official religion in 2003 by the overthrown former President, who sought asylum in States. This cry for fasting and prayer from the President on Feb 14th is therefore, such an encouragement to the oppressed, clouded Christian faith.

AN INCREDIBLE DAY in the HISTORY OF HAITI
-by Jerry Miel (Feb 17).

Jerry Miel is a radio engineer who served as a missionary in Haiti with World Team mission.
He worked with the Christian station, Radio Lumiere (Radio Light). He has gone back to Haiti to help in the aftermath of the earthquake and makes these important observations.

Jerry’s story:

I think that I will remember this day as one of the most significant in my life, not because of what I did, but for it’s meaning…

Today was the one month anniversary of the great Haitian earthquake.
About 3 days ago the Haitian President announced that there would be 3 days of holiday from work for the purpose of fasting and prayer.  This is absolutely historic.  If you have ever been in Haiti as a visitor or missionary, could you ever have imagined such a pronouncement? Could you image such an announcement from the U.S. President?  This morning I saw a young Haitian-American woman, the leader of a work team, crying because the Americans could not understand the incredible importance of this day and wanted to go about business as usual. Remember, it was only about 6 years ago that a former Haitian president called the nation to come together to rededicate the nation to Satan.

This was not “a minute of silence for the deceased” or something as equally insignificant.  Whatever the President might have originally intended, this became a real commitment for the Haitian people.  As I sit here this evening, I can hear the preaching coming from a nearby church.  Services have been going on all day…

Let me tell you what I saw and felt today.


Peniel and I had planned an inspection trip up to the Artibonite Valley today. Right or wrong, I don’t really know, but since it was the only opportunity, we went ahead with the trip.  As we left the guest house about 7:30 am, we were met by throngs of well dressed people headed to various churches.  The sounds of Christian music and worship filled the air everywhere.  The next observation was that there was NO traffic. Port-au-Prince streets are always clogged and overflowing with bumper to bumper traffic.  This morning there were only a few vehicles on the roads, a few small buses (tap taps), some UN and military vehicles, and a few private cars.  We had clear sailing through town.  The same was true of foot traffic.  Usually the streets are clogged also with people walking.  Today there were only a few and many of them dressed for church.  The only place that there were traffic blocks was in front of several churches where the congregations had overflowed the buildings and the yards and had moved out into the streets as well.

The next observation was that EVERYTHING was closed!  We could not find even one business or gas station open.  There were no intercity buses running.  Whereas the sidewalks are usually overflowing with millions of street venders, we only saw a few here and there.  The huge outdoor market near the wharf where thousands work each day and is  spread out to cover most of the street, was EMPTY.

Where were all the people?  They were in churches and makeshift meeting sites. Every church (except a Jehovah’s Witness church) had services going on, almost always overflowing into the streets.  Beside broken down churches, services were taking place outside.  In homeless camps, there were services.  Everywhere the nation was gathered to worship and pray.  No, I did not see any voodoo, Islamic, or Buddhist services.  This scene was repeated in every
town and hamlet that we passed during the day.

Tonight, Pastor Ignace, who is sharing the room with me, asked this question: “Can people still say that Haiti is a voodoo country?”  What has been happening and is continuing to happen in Haiti did not happen because of the earthquake. It has been happening because the Haitian people know how to pray. This is a tremendous outpouring of God’s power as the result of prayer.  Twenty years ago I started praying for the Gospel to change the Haitian culture.
I think that I am seeing God do that work.


The only sadness that I feel today is for our nation (The U.S.A.).  While a nation that has long been under Satan’s domination is turning to God with total commitment, our nation, founded on Godly values has rejected God and is rapidly trying to forget that his name even exists.  Let us pray for revival.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. The Arbiter permalink
    April 11, 2010 9:42 pm

    I’m sorry, but voodoo = satanism? That’s just plain patronizing, ignorant and bigoted.

    • April 11, 2010 11:51 pm

      “It is a matter of well-documented historical fact that the nation of Haiti was dedicated to Satan 200 years ago. On August 14, 1791, a group of houngans (voodoo priests), led by a former slave houngan named Boukman, made a pact with the Devil at a place called Bois-Caiman. All present vowed to exterminate all of the white Frenchmen on the island. They sacrificed a black pig in a voodoo ritual at which hundreds of slaves drank the pig’s blood. In this ritual, Boukman asked Satan for his help in liberating Haiti from the French. In exchange, the voodoo priests offered to give the country to Satan for 200 years and swore to serve him. On January 1, 1804, the nation of Haiti was born and thus began a new demonic tyranny.” – Tom Barrett, 3-11-04.

      Hm, thanks for the point. I’m not quite sure about voodoo and their beliefs but i got this elsewhere. What I was trying to highlight I suppose was the groundbreaking fact that a country in distress recently went against the grain of tradition toward dedicating themselves to God.

  2. The Arbiter permalink
    April 12, 2010 9:13 am

    Hey Cheryl!

    I’m sorry if I came off as too harsh. I wrote the comment in the spur of the moment, feeling puerile righteous anger after the first flush of reading that article. I hope you’re not too offended.

    But anyway, I really think that article is just not very fair on the Haitians. To them, voodoo is just a folk belief, syncretizing elements of christianity. The country’s already 80% christian – people practice voodoo next to christianity. It’s like Chinese people practicing taoism along with buddhism and ancestor worship. To say that the core of their beliefs was somehow responsible for their present suffering is just plain wrong.

    And just because a bunch of priests said something like that doesn’t mean anything. Seriously. Can a bunch of far right christian fundamentalists who advocate shooting abortion doctors cause people to label the whole of Christianity as such?

    Perhaps you could take a look at this site I found.

    http://research.ucsb.edu/cbs/projects/haiti/kosanba/index.html.

    Honestly, I don’t dispute the fact that it’s good that the Haitian people have spirituality to turn to in times of great suffering and pain. But I seriously doubt that this guy is being at all fair. In fact, I think he’s just propagating misconceptions.

  3. April 12, 2010 10:10 pm

    haha sure no offense taken (: you have a valid point! thanks for the correction ^^

  4. April 22, 2010 4:54 pm

    The story you’ve posted is also most likely apocryphal, according to TIME:

    http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1953379_1953494_1953674,00.html

    Sounds like one of those chain emails people get 😛

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