Witchdoctor and Jesus

Being in the middle of two drastically different worlds colliding is a unique experience. How they come together is even more intriguing to me. Polar opposites do not just suddenly decide to become friends. It takes a powerful force beyond the control of either party to make it happen.

This exact situation happened and is happening all over Haiti right now. Just last week, I sat in the yard of a witchdoctor who wanted to learn more about Christ. Think about this for a minute. This is the man who makes his entire living off of Voodoo and the items associated with it, and he is exploring the option of giving all of it up in order to find out more about this Christ that he hears about so much.

In a small village called Wobeya about 10 miles south of Cap-Haitien, I sat with this witchdoctor, his entire family, four other men from my home congregation, a local preacher, and many other villagers who wanted to see what was going to happen. The way this opportunity came about is twofold. First his wife is a Christian and has been for quite some time. This is an unusual thing to see in any culture, let alone Haiti. The wife follows the teachings of Jesus, while her husband makes his living off of spiritual matters most closely linked with Satan. Needless to say, it is a drastic difference in worldviews.

The other cause for our meeting was out of the tragedy of the earthquake. Because of the destruction that has been witnessed by Haitians all over the country, many have taken a step back to analyze their own beliefs and see if they are on the right track. This is happening across all economic classes, occupations, and geographic areas.

The earthquake has begun to spark a revival for Christ in Haiti. They have tried Voodoo, and it didn’t help the dying relative that they had living with them. Voodoo did not give them food to eat when they were hungry, nor did it provide a school for their children to go to in order to attempt to improve their way of life. What Voodoo could not do for them, they now think Jesus can. Talk about a complete 180 in the mindset of a country.

The crowd slowly began increasing as the study went on. We talked with the man for almost 30 minutes. He was full of questions. Most of them dealt with Jesus always being present in our lives and what that looked like. By the end of the study, he seemed more open to the idea of attending church with his wife to find out more about this man they call Jesus and the salvation He brings. That was an uplifting moment.

Many of my Haitian friends have told me similar stories from their home villages or neighborhoods. It seems to be happening all over the country. Maybe this is just a small piece of the good that can come out of a horrible tragedy.

Bryan Clifton

Oklahoma City, OK