—A Whole Nation Is Delivered from Demonic Oppression!
Over 200 years ago, Haiti was known as an island of outstanding beauty, but it soon fell to some of the most degrading poverty in the world. What caused it to fall? Has it had a true transformation?
This nation which is about 100 miles east of Cuba was taken over by the French who imported African slaves. The beauty and prosperity of Haiti was build on the backs of slave labor. However, the day came when the slaves rebelled against their French overlords. But, they turned to their African voodoo religion to help them in their rebellion. This was about 1770. They made a blood covenant with Satan, and the nation of Haiti has been a land of poverty and oppression ever since.
The following report from the Haitian bishop Joel Jeune recently reached us via Gerry A. Seale, General Secretary of the Evangelical Association of the Caribbean and Regional Coordinator of the AD2000 Movement. The report was made available by missionary David Schmidt. The following is an extract from bishop Joel's own words (although translated into English from a German version of the original):
Satanic blood covenant 206 years ago
"On 14 August 1997, God's people in Haiti experienced a historic victory over Satan, a milestone in winning our country back for God. The reason lies in history. The slaves brought here from Africa have suffered incredibly for many years. Their masters acted with the blessing of the Catholic church, which declared black to be the colour of the devil. Hence, they reasoned, black slaves have no soul. For this reason, the slaves turned disappointedly away from God, and called to their African gods for help. On 14 August 1791, a slave leader by the name of Boukman called a secret meeting in a wood called Bois-Caiman near Cap Haitien, which was attended by a large number of slaves. They celebrated a Satanic ceremony, sacrificing a pig and drinking its blood, swore to serve the devil and dedicated Haiti to him. Up to the present, Haiti's historians have all attributed Haiti's achievement of political independence in 1804 to this ceremony. For 206 years, Bois-Caiman was a very holy place, a high place which could only be entered by witch doctors during Voodoo ceremonies. For 206 years, they have been meeting there every 14. August to sacrifice to Satan.
Mobilization to fasting and prayer
Today, 'the pearl of the Antilles' is a land of suffering, poverty, political tension and instability. A number of Christian leaders, including Paul and Gerald Clerie of 'Vision: Haiti' and Christian leaders among the large numbers of Haitians in the USA, Canada, France and other countries, called Christians to unite on 14 August 1997 to pray and fast that Haiti would return to God. In Haiti's towns, villages and mountains, Christians came together to fast and pray, held victory marches in the streets and a large event in the capital from 6am to 10pm during the holy invasion.
Our church members started their march in front of the President's palace and marched for 6 hours to the place where the Satanic ceremony took place 206 years ago. We had informed the government and media of our intentions weeks before the event, and were told that the witch doctors would be there, as they were every year. When we arrived, they had hidden themselves, unable to directly confront the Christians. It was a significant spiritual battle to reach the tree under which the pig was sacrificed in the original ceremony. We formed a Jericho march, circling the magic tree seven times. On the seventh time around, God gave many people a vision of the devil fleeing from the area. The Christians were overjoyed. We cancelled the Satanic contract and broke the curse, before celebrating communion and dedicating the area as a place of prayer. We also declared 14 August to be a national prayer day, on which people should pray that Haiti will return to God.
On the same day, several witch doctors turned from Voodoo to the Christian religion during the events in the capital. Three days after our holy invasion, the witch doctors returned to Bois-Caiman to bring their sacrifices and call on the spirits. After days of effort, nothing happened, because we had commanded the spirits never to return and dedicated the area to Christ.
The witch doctors complained to the government and media. At first, the government also protested, speaking in a press release of 'terrible damage to a Voodoo holy place in which no Christian had set foot for 206 years.' The US ambassador was shocked by the government's attitude, publicly declaring his displeasure, and the media made much of the event, asking us for interviews day and night. By the grace of God, the government relented and respected our legal right as Haitians to gather at any place on Haiti, including Bois-Caiman, where they now allow all Christian groups to meet. The place is now very popular, and local Christians gather there daily for prayer and fasting. All Haitians now know that the country no longer has a pact with the devil; the contract has been canceled, the curse broken. Churches who initially opposed us out of fear of persecution, have now joined us. Visitors to Haiti sense a fresh atmosphere in the country. God will completely change our country spiritually, economically and socially. We are already calling it 'Haiti G.C., Haiti, God's Country.'"
Source: Bishop Joel Jeune via Gerry A Seale, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the above was written, the nation as a whole has returned to Voodoo. In April of 2003, President Aristide proclaimed Voodoo to be the official religion of Haiti. Haiti is today in as much poverty and oppression as it has been for the past two centuries.