Had a great interview on The Frank Pastore Show last night (at 4:00pm PST and replayed at 6:00pm--very cool). We talked about the power behind Voodoo and the Haitian blend of Voodoo and Catholicism.
When African slaves were brought to Haiti originally, they were forced to become Catholics on pain of death, so they cloaked their African traditional religion in the guise of Catholicism and just continued to worship the Loa...good and evil spirits. This blend of Voodoo and Catholicism dominates Haiti today; almost as a national religion. Spells, animal sacrifices, curses--all are a part of everyday life.
The good news is that many Christian missionaries have been working with the Haitian people and interestingly enough, the name reporters have been hearing on the streets of Haiti during this disaster is "Jesus!" They are crying out to Him to save them when the earthquakes hit.
Hard to imagine such terrible suffering. I can't watch much of the news coverage but it is really a wonderful thing to see someone brought out alive from the rubble. I'm praying for God's mercy and compassion on the Haitian people....