Haitmissiontalk has grown much since its conception! Initially Ganaud, who is the founder, did his own translation work for internationals. He would transcribe documents and do oral translating. Lincoln was a young intern who picked up Creole to be helpful. They both translated together as a part of Disciple’s Village ministries doing things like translating and managing translating translators at medical clinics, worship sermons, and much more. They saw a miscommunication which was preventing ministry from being as successful as possible. While some missionaries were over coming it many were not partially due to lack of exposure and lack of accountability. This HMT was formed. To fill that gap and also to provide tools for ministry such as worship songs. We also hope to expand into areas such as school curriculums and transtator training.
Christianity in Haiti
From a secular perspective Haitian Vodou and biblical Christianity have a lot of similarities, theologically that is not so. From a atheistic, birds eye view you see Jesus on a elevated worship position, you see the apostles of the New Testament revered and you see a creator god, whom both groups would say is Yaweh of the Old Testament. From a secular perspective Haitian Vodou and biblical Christianity have a lot of similarities, theologically that is not so. From a atheistic, birds eye view you see Jesus on a elevated worship position, you see the apostles of the New Testament revered and you see a creator god, whom both groups would say is Yaweh of the Old Testament.
African Voodoo is a very complex and volatile religion system typically involving “folk magic” which isn’t present in Haitian Vodou. Many things in Vodou are drawn from Voodoo but Catholic beliefs make up the majority of inference. Haitian Vodou is essentially this: God created all things, God created some spirits to help him in managing all things, those things can be worshiped to achieve favorable managing for self, the Jesus narrative is true yet pleasing Jesus requires perfection, pleasing the spirits requires music, sacrifices, or lifestyles, therefore, they worship these spirits (lwa). It is important to know that there is difficulty at times extracting the true beliefs of Haitians, it is said Haiti is 15% protestants, 85% Catholic and 100% Vodou. While I personally know this not to be true, it is tricky identifying Vodou practices in everyday life. Voodoo is incredibly pervasive.
To combat this is actually a remarkably simple resolution. It contains a huge danger and is very difficult. It requires much sacrifice and time though luckily it is straightforward. Disciple them. Discipling very exciting to Haitians as they love to spend time with foreigners, they claim to love Christ, whether the do or not they will rarely turn down a bible study. Then just pour your life into them, and let them pour their life into you. As they get to know you, as you educate them in the bible, as they grow in their faith they will respond by applying it to their life. Most Haitians will agree that their country is wounded, it is broken and in need of aid. It is dirty, uneducated, beautiful yet not reaching its potential. They can easily relate to mistranslations, misunderstandings and people tricking them for personal gain. Once they see that much of Haitian Vodou beliefs stem from Christian beliefs they will grow. Once they realize that the Jesus, the Yahew they worship and place at the highest point of their worship demands, not asks, for monotheistic worship they will very likely agree and grow.