Haiti was considered the pearl of Antilles and was the most prosperous French colony during the time of colonization. Haiti occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Haiti has an area of 27,750 square kilometers (10,714 square miles), slightly smaller than Maryland. It has two of cial languages, French and Haitian Creole, and the population is estimated at 11 million people. Haiti is considerably poor.
The people of Haiti are hospitable, receptive, and religious. Unfortunately, most people are in profound darkness because of their primary religion, which is Voodoo. Voodoo, the worship of the devil, blinds their spiritual eyes. They worship water, sun, and trees, and they sacrifice animals for the devil throughout the year. Also, witchcraft permeates all aspects of Haitian society. Haiti is considered the poorest country in the western hemisphere, but the greatest poverty in the country is spiritual. Spiritually, Haiti has been dominated mainly by Voodoo and Catholicism since its independence from France in 1804.
As natural darkness falls on the people of Haiti, we are reminded of how desperately they need to be brought from spiritual darkness to the light of the Gospel of love and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Before the light of life goes out for the masses, we must get the message of Christ to them. Should they not have, at the least, a chance to respond to the Gospel of grace? Should they not have a chance, at the least, to receive Christian education? Should they not have a chance to hear God’s word and sound Christian music over radio? Should they not have a chance, at the least, to learn a trade with biblical values to face life?
Romans 10: 13-15 says, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Jesus gave His life for our sake (Titus2:13-14), and He sent us to reach the world for Him (Matt 28:17-18). We need churches and individuals that will be part of the chain of life to reach people for Christ. Will you or your family or your church be used of God to provide prayer and nances for these needy people? Jimmy Pierre is giving his life to meet the need. What are you willing to give? Remember that “the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few” (Matt. 9:38).
The need in Haiti is more than you might think. Haiti contains more than 11 million people, but more than 60% are serving the devil (Voodoo); it is reasonable to say that Haiti is a voodoo culture. Consequently, Haiti needs the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. The country needs your prayers. It also needs missionaries. Additionally, pray that Christianity might be strong in biblical teaching and preaching because the prosperity gospel and false teachers are taking over bibli- cal Christianity through big media, such as TV, radio, and the Internet. Sadly, Christians in Haiti are losing the concept of fear and honor of God to prosperity, miracles, and a healing gospel. Pray that the Lord would use devoted missionaries and pastors to teach and preach His saving Word with authority, passion, love, compassion, accuracy, and clarity through radio and TV in the country of Haiti.