I never thought I would see the day when there was a Christian revival in Haiti, a country where two-thirds of the population practice witchcraft. Although, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the “official’ religion of Haiti is Roman Catholicism. Most Haitians believe the two religions can co-exist.
The recent earthquakes, which some believe are God’s judgment on the pagan nation, have literally scared the hell out of it’s inhabitants.
President Preval has since cancelled Mardi Gras celebrations, and instead called for three days of fasting and prayer. Over one million Haitians attended this epic event. Pastor Rene Josephs, led people standing on trees, houses, cars with hands extended crying to God for forgiveness.
The Prime Minister was there and said to have wept for an hour. He then called on God to heal his nation.
One missionary, Sarah Bennetch, says, “There is a spiritual phenomenon going on in this country that I don’t know if anyone’s ever seen in our lifetime.”
“Last weekend revival broke out, and pastors agree on that. Missionaries who have been here long-term report it as being never seen before. This weekend, a week later, you heard spontaneous praise meetings bursting out all over throughout the whole day,” says Sarah. “Pray that revival continues.”
Commitments that have been made to Christ in the past week and a half have seemed only genuine. It does not appear that these are fleeting, one-day experiences. “It doesn’t matter how much the earth shakes anymore, they put their trust in God,” says Sarah.
Not everyone is happy to hear about this cultural transformation. Secular blogs protest, “Why can’t these Christians just help without converting them?” As if the Haitians have no say in the matter.
They say there are no atheists in foxholes. Granted these people have been through a trauma, which sparks some odd responses. Might this be simply a post-traumatic stress response that will be forgotten in a few months or days?
Or is this a true revival of biblical proportions? Only time will tell.