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Haiti - Three days Prayer and Fasting...
On the 13th February I published a hub Haiti - One month post earthquake which was a report from believers working in the community on Haiti, today two weeks later I publish a letter that came to me from another source working on the island, and reporting what effect the three day prayer and fasting called for by the countries President has started to have.
When the earthquake happened may secular folk in the forums tried to make the case that this was just a natural disaster and that God had nothing to do with it, those who mentioned God/Satan/Voodoo in the same sentence were shouted down and decried as almost inhuman for even suggesting that a nations spiritual behaviour could have any effect on that nations survival.
Now that the dust is (literally) settling, the outpouring of Gods restoration is being displayed, as a people repent and turn back to God.
Below is a link to the account I received from Jerry Miel who 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.
- Revival Stirrings in Haiti? - Blog - Life Action Revival Ministries
Read a first hand account of what happened during the three days of prayer and fasting that Haitian President called.
Voodoo and Haiti
In 2003 Voodoo was accepted as an official religion by Haiti's Catholic President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a man who should have known better, but was simply accepting that the majority of Haitians had involvement with voodoo.
"We've always been the majority religion in Haiti - it's never been illegal to be a voodooisant," said Mambu Racine Sumbu, an American voodoo priestess who has been practising in Haiti for 15 years.
98% of Haitians are claimed to be involved in voodoo, a religion that the Christian believer views as satanic, yet which has tried to present itself as a normal religion, even an offshoot of Christianity.
No doubt the acceptance by the Catholic hierarchy of their congregationalist having 'dual' membership of both Voodoo and Catholicism has made it seem acceptable to the average Haitian, but to Evangelicals there is no doubt that voodoo is a no go area for believers.
Leslie Griffiths, one time head of the British Methodist Church also welcomed the decision;
"Voodoo is part of the air that Haitians breathe," he said.
"Ninety-five percent of voodoo is simply the invoking of spirits to help people survive what is sometimes a very difficult life, and sometimes to ease and placate what is a very distant God."
Mr Phillips seems to have missed the point that invoking spirits, is not advisable for believers, ask King Saul.
When a Christian believer senses the presence of the Holy Spirit they respond accordingly, normally the Holy Spirit will accompany some spiritual act that you are engaged in, we do not 'invoke' the Holy Spirit, nobody should even try to 'invoke'.... I get concerned when I have seen folk 'invite' the Holy Spirit to 'fall on this place'.... the Holy spirit goes where He wants to go, Christ describes Him as like the wind.
The best way to experience the Holy Spirit is to make space for him in your life and spiritual condition, empty yourself of the things of this world and allow Christ to direct and control your life, then you will see the Holy Spirit start working through you in other folks lives, and you will probably also see the fruit that this produces in your own life.
Broad acceptance of many things seems to be prevalent in the mainstream bodies of faith that represent the traditional church today, yet what they say and accept is contrary to scripture. It will not affect scripture, that never changes, but it has and will affect the futures of those all inclusive churches that try to find acceptance for all and by all.
There are seven church types mentioned in Revelation, only ONE of them is actually worthy and functioning as Christ commanded.
I recommend every believer to identify which church they belong to out of the seven.
But hope springs eternal and I hope that the Haitians have now realised that there are and have been many different 'gods' involved in their recent trauma, but there is only ONE true God, and He is the only protection from the evil one.
Certainly the report linked to above shows that the Haitians seem to have taken their Presidents call to prayer to heart, and people are crying out to God.
Let us hope that it may be the bedrock of revival in Haiti, and that maybe even our own post Christian secular societies may learn a lesson from this, before we have likewise allowed satan too much authority in our lives and in our nations.