Fighting Voodoo
The spirit world thrives in Haiti and with the poor we serve. Walking along side Haitians for 20-30 years, one
can not but come in contact with Voodoo, the ancient pagan religion that came over on the slave ships from
Africa.  Haiti is the world’s capital for Voodoo.  

I found myself in Haiti some 20 odd years ago and the first place we lived  was the isolated parts of Haiti
where we had no electricity or running water.  Here,the countryside is full of voodoo camps, leaving one to
fall asleep to the sound of drumbeats each night, while the glazed eyes that trances left on the practitioners
could be seen by day. Evoking a world of unseen forces to intervene in the course of their lives, wreaks
havoc on their own life and the lives of their families. With the driving rhythms of drums, dressed in red or
white, the worshippers chant, dance, whirl, scream, making jerking motions with their body, while all awaiting
the altered state of trance that proves devotion and loyalty to the gods.

This was a part of what was woven into the life in Haiti, as one watched helplessly as children died due to
lack of medicine and the power that the Voodoo priest held on the people.  I never even imagined that our
Lord would have my life be a part of bringing down the strong holds of this most ancient and dark belief

With hundreds of Voodoo curses on me, I have found only strength in my desire to free the poor.  These
curses come because the local voodoo priests do not like our presence in their area.  The main reason is
finances.  Since we administer free medical, the people are using our services rather than the witch doctors'
dust and spells.  Thus, Crossroads is an unwanted element in their world of control of the Haitians minds.  In
addition, many come to Christianity and that reduces their income and control.

I have seen, while walking in the villages, in the poorest of palm shacks with nothing but mud floors...a man
cutting another with razors and putting a small tin cup above the cut, while lighting matches and creating a
suction cup to suck out the 'bad blood' of the person who was ill. Continually when doing our medical
outreach, the people on a regular basis say, "I am sick from bad blood". This concept of bad blood runs
rampant in the villages and is a deterrent to healing as their belief system holds them so tightly in their grip.

On multiple occasions, I have seen people give up even the cement home we have given them, to return to
Haiti to find better and stronger Voodoo priests, as Haiti is said to have the strongest witch doctors. No
month passes where people do not leave their children to return to Haiti for the cure of AIDS, and wasting
what little money they have which could have been used for their instead be squandered on
voodoo priests. For this reason, every priest, even in this country, always have several homes and live in
better living conditions than those in the refugee villages.

We have been criticized for destroying culture when bringing people out of Voodoo, as is noticed by
anthropologist students that visit or those who want to be ‘politically’ aligned.  This looks and sounds good
on paper, but walk with me in the filth and grime, of those that are born in mud and die in mud with nothing to
eat and let me show you another side of the story of culture.  The people can not afford an egg, but must
pay for the services of spells to demons and gods of choice.  In addition to the desire to turn to spells for
work, love, revenge and the multitude of other human needs, their  largest need is paying services for
illness.  Thus, with nothing but a village witch doctor, fairy dust and enchantments, they are forced to look for
relief from their sickness via Voodoo. Today, we serve them with free medical, something that has been
foreign to these people most of their lives.  Culture is one thing, but when it causes peoples to use the small
funds they have to ward off demons rather then give their already malnourished children some bit of food,
then the journals and seminars on culture, for me, are best used for heating up an egg.

In addition to the fear based religion that it is, possession is widely seen as   Haitians are either in the layers
of Voodoo or Christians.  Everything is black and white in this primitive culture of the compasino.  In every
Christian baptism, usually done in groups of 10 or more there is a possession.  As the person walks in to the
water and is emerged the fight for evil begins.  They have what looks like epileptic seizures in the water and
we have heard one woman, with a deep voice scream out “let me go”.  The pastors pray louder, the hymns
are sung stronger, as the possessions pass and the person walks free, liberated!

Possession is not just witnesses at baptisms.  They have possessions in every ceremony and will fall to the
floor even during the day in fits of well, God knows what!  Every voodoo ceremony must accompany a
possession for the gods to talk through.  Thus possession is a common part of their life.  

Those of you that have visited can see and feel the difference when a village like Ascension who is free of
Voodoo.  There is an air of light about it rather then the depression and darkness seen in the other villages
where the witch doctor is head of the village.

And how many of you live in fear?  Fear of cancer, terrorists, death, fear of being alone or unloved? Fear of
loosing job security fear for your children and the list goes on and on.  Thus,you may be able to relate to the
darkness of fear.  Fear separates us from God and life itself.  Fear is mentioned 365 times in the Bible, “thou
shall not fear” for when we are fearful a veil separates us from the powers of God and to be separated from
God is Hell.

We were made to walk with God in trust and freedom and living amongst these people who serve numerous
gods in fear has given me the deepest desire to be part of their liberation and give them wings to sore into
the clear skis of love, reconciliation and a life lived to its fullest.  

Helping those in darkness is support in aligning ourselves financially and with our prayers and time to those
in need.  But tithing is not just to help others; it is to help you, to help you to trust in the God of providence.  
How this is needed in a society that trusts on itself and has turned from God to assist in the direction of their
lives.  Why do you think things have turned the way they have?  Are we not like those who were offered the
promise land but refused it and wander in the desert of our own making?  Have the malls, multiple televisions
and computers in ones home alongside computer games, on line shopping and endless throngs of external
distractions helped to ease the pain of a broken and torn world?  Will it ever?

I must encourage you to give your life to God and support Him in the building of His kingdom, abroad and at
home.  As your turn to God your own fears will fall and your own material ideals will come crashing down and
the promise land will be yours!  For all eternity……

We are in need of pastoral teams to work in the villages to bring down strongholds. If this has touched your
heart with a calling to help us, please pray alongside us and help in any way you can.
Since we serve in the Dominican Republic, called to the poorest the
poor, our mission is directed alongside the Haitians, thus, Voodoo is
presented to us daily in the multitude of superstitions and fears,
darkness and depression that such a religion brings upon its people.
Fighting voodoo is one of our prime goals here at Crossroads.  
Building homes and feeding programs are a must, but freeing
people from darkness helps their world view and gives life a
chance.  Apart from the Spiritual darkness, the life is chained to
a world of dark fear and superstitions.

The use of blood sacrifice is the highest form of praise and opens wide the
doors to the realm of gods. Pleasing the gods is the way to have success
and protection from unwanted suffering in life...or so it is believed.

In 1957 Jean-Claude Duvalier became the dictator of Haiti, and it is said that
he sold his soul to the devil and used the blood of babies and virgins to
hold his power in the country. He made a pact with the devil, and gave the
country to the dark enemy...with Haiti renewing this pact approximately 15
years ago.

Only the wealthy and high priests can acquire blood of humans and most
ceremonies use the blood of animals. Within the poor, which large majorities
use Voodoo, only the blood of chickens or birds can be afforded. Even this
luxury of animals, when people are hungry, is reserved  for those that can
afford such offerings to the gods.
Blood of goat  sacrifice seeping through scarf
Dove awaiting sacrifice
Woman in possession