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Church Broadcasts Hope, Haitians Flock Post-Quake (God at work)
NPR (can you believe it?) ^ | 22 Jan 2012 | Jason Beaubien

Posted on 01/22/2012 6:15:50 AM PST by SkyPilot

On Jan. 12, for the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake, thousands of people flocked to the Shalom Church in Port au Prince, Haiti. The "church" is just a plywood stage under a patchwork of tattered tarps.

The crowd was so large that it spilled down a muddy hill toward a tent camp for earthquake victims. Most of the singing, swaying congregation were so far away they couldn't even see the podium.

The evangelical mission now claims to have more than 50,000 members and one of the most popular radio stations in Haiti.

This church is a product of the 7.0 quake that destroyed much of the capital. Father Andre Muscadin formed it because he says God had told him there was going to be a disaster. A few days later, the quake hit. In the aftermath of the quake, Shalom grew rapidly. Muscadin says as many Haitians turned to religion for strength and assistance.

But why did they turn to his church in particular?

"Because we have God here," he says.

He also has an extremely powerful radio transmitter that broadcasts his evangelical message and music across the country.

Muscadin says miracles occur at the services held under the tarps outside his office. For example, people here who were blind are now able to see, he says.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: christianity; earthquake; haiti; voodoo
I had been to Haiti in the early 1990s, and I was shocked to see the evil that was everywhere. I was not a Christian back then, but I could sense the overwhelming presence of something terrible and dark on the streets.

The Satantic voodoo evil that infested the place was everywhere.

Pat Robertson took a lot of liberal media heat for saying, in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti:

"Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about. They were under the heel of the French, you know Napoleon the third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the prince.' True story. And so the devil said, 'Ok it's a deal.' And they kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got something themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another."

I am not certain of Robertson's version of events, but I do know that voodoo and evil existed there.

How heartening to see that thousands upon thousands of Haitians are turning now to God in the wake of that earthquake.

God is at work.


1 posted on 01/22/2012 6:16:02 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

It’s important to make the connection between Haitian voodoo culture and their complete inability to rise above their surroundings. Pat Robertson’s comment is insightful simply from a sociological perspective. Isn’t it fitting we find Spicoli so fascinated with their culture.


2 posted on 01/22/2012 6:33:19 AM PST by Track9 (The revolution IS brewing..)
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I hope this NPR report is a sign that an emerging Christian ethic in Haiti will soon manifest itself in the Haitian people’s daily lives — but, I sincerely doubt it.

My dad did missionary work in Haiti way back in the Fifties. The stories he brought back were stunning. And he was not a man given to dramatics.

I would suggest that most Christian religion displays in Haiti are built largely upon superstition. I hope I’m wrong. We shall see — once the Haitian people turn their espoused precepts into practice.

My advice: don’t invest.


3 posted on 01/22/2012 6:34:47 AM PST by hampdenkid
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To: SkyPilot
As I remember Obama gave them 1 billion dollars I'm glad to see that they have put it to good use in the last two years, with the help and guidance of the UN!
4 posted on 01/22/2012 6:39:17 AM PST by jrd (DO AWAY WITH THE EPA)
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To: SkyPilot
"He also has an extremely powerful radio transmitter that broadcasts his evangelical message and music across the country."

I worked there late 80s through early 90s, as did my father before me in the 1940s. Radio and superstition work hand in hand to reign supreme there. By the time "Baby Doc" and General Cedras were sent packing, Haiti had more AM radio stations than any place else in the region. If you have a transmitter, you have a cult following.

Sola scriptura. I remain unwilling to say "God is at work" there until I've heard what this radio minister has been telling his followers. So far, all we know is that he as a large following. That is nothing new for Haiti.

Everybody's restless and they've got no place to go
Someone's always trying to tell them
Something they already know
So their anger and resentment flow

But don't it make you want to rock and roll
All night long
Mohammed's Radio
I heard somebody singing sweet and soulful
On the radio, Mohammed's Radio

You know, the Sheriff's got his problems too
He will surely take them out on you
In walked the village idiot and his face was all aglow
He's been up all night listening to Mohammed's Radio

Don't it make you want to rock and roll
All night long
Mohammed's Radio
I heard somebody singing sweet and soulful
On the radio, Mohammed's Radio

Everybody's desperate trying to make ends meet
Work all day, still can't pay the price of gasoline and meat
Alas, their lives are incomplete

Don't it make you want to rock and roll
All night long Mohammed's Radio
I heard somebody singing sweet and soulful
On the radio, Mohammed's Radio

You've been up all night listening for his drum
Hoping that the righteous might just might just might just come
I heard the General whisper to his aide-de-camp
"Be watchful for Mohammed's lamp"

Don't it make you want to rock and roll
All night long Mohammed's Radio

- Warren Zevon - "Mohammed's Radio

5 posted on 01/22/2012 7:23:46 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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