Voodoo lingers like a dark cloud over the atmosphere. Voodoo curses are the number one cause of death in Haiti. Ben informed us that once someone had been cursed, they are dead within 3 days. He saw many cursed people and never saw or ever heard of anyone making it past 3 days.
Victims of curses are attacked with illness and when taken to the hospital they are asked if they believe there has been a curse put on them. When the hospital finds out they have been cursed, they refuse to continue giving them care and send them home because no amount of medicine can stop their fate.
There is one exception. Curses are not affective on followers of Jesus Christ. Some of you are completely skeptical right now, which is exactly how I would have been before I was in Haiti myself. Our friend Ben earned the respect of many witch doctors in the area and was allowed to attend voodoo ceremonies.
As man of God, he felt armored to be in such situations and would not recommend anyone that is not spiritually mature in their faith to attend a voodoo ceremony. He has seen people levitate across the room as they are possessed by spirits. He has had a demon look him in the eye and try to take his life. When He said the name of Jesus he watched the demon shrink back into the corner of the room like a frightened child.
Ben told us about a local Haitian man that visited a witch doctor with the intent to curse a Christian man. The witch doctor did a ritual and then lifted a small mirror and asked “Is this the man you wish to curse?” The mirror was completely blank.
The witch doctor turned pale. After 20 years of practicing voodoo he had never experienced a blank mirror. He poured ashes around the mirror and prayed to an even darker spirit. This time when he lifted the mirror and asked the question, it was blank again. He prayed to an even more powerful demon, one he had never had to call on, and covered the edges of the mirror in chicken blood.
This time when he lifted the mirror and asked the man that had sought his help “Is this the man you wish to curse?” The man screamed and ran into the other room. The witch doctor looked into the mirror and there he saw the image of a hand pierced with a large nail and blood dripping from the nail down the outside of the mirror.
This image was the hand of Jesus and the man meant to be cursed was protected by the Savior. Ben cried as he told us this story. As for the witch doctor, he became a believer and moved to America to share this story and preach the love of Jesus.