Our church has been doing regular outdoor evangelism services. There is a strong prayer group in the church right now. In services, ‘things’ happen.
On Sunday night, we were in Flammands where a public market takes place every Thursday. We did the service complete with some animated praise music, shall we say. Our church leader’s message was powerful : Satan and his demons might do things for you, but they don’t love you. God loves you. God paid for you. Trust Him.
After the message, a young man of twenty or so come forward. Then a few more. One man was very tall. Several young ladies came as well. As the prayer team came and spoke with them and prayed for them, the first man was thrown to the ground. He was writhing. Then the very tall man went down. They rolled in the dust of the market. The tall man ended up stretched out on the ground like the letter l. The team prayed over him. In a matter of minutes he was speaking rationally. The evil spirit was gone. He got up and dusted himself off. The first man continued to flail and roll. He would growl from time to time. The service was pretty much over in the organized sense. It was all about the man with the evil spirit now. People tried to speak to the spirit. No answer. From time to time the man would jump up, but his movements were spastic. The crowd would disperse because his movements were violent. The prayers would say, “Down! We command you down!” The man would fall flat. The prayers said, “We handcuff you in Jesus’ name!” The man put both hands behind his back and pulled both feet up behind him as if he was hogtied. There was no rope. Well, no rope that we could see with our eyes.
Several times the man began saying, “Okay. Okay. It’s gone.” Nobody believed it. The prayer warriors would say, “You have to go. Leave this man!” Then he’d growl and flail and roll again.
I’ve attended occasions like this several times now. In Haiti, there is no doubt or suspicion that evil spirits exist. It’s clear. It’s taken for granted. Christians believe it because we see it. Non-believers believe because they see it. No actor could have played a role like these men did. It was not them. They were being man-handled.
I read an article in US news about a group of people inviting folks to cast a spell on the president. The guy in the article said, “You can do it seriously, or just do it for fun. You can do it as theatre if you like. It makes no difference. You don’t have to believe in it.” Hmm. That’s curious. A friendly, no-threats invitation into the world of Satanism.
It’s not a place you want to be.
Missionary in Haiti.