On her first trip to Haiti in 2010, after a massive earthquake had devastated the country, Megan Bourdreaux began an unlikely journey of faith that changed the course of her life.
The practice of voodoo is extremely prevalent in Haiti, even today. Megan shares about how God placed her to be a light on ‘Voodoo Mountain.’
“When I had first bought this piece of land, I had no idea that there was anything different going on with it. In fact, I said ‘no’ a few times just because the land was mountainous and hilly…I’m from Louisiana thinking, ‘Oh, we need flatland’ and so that was essentially why I said, ‘I’m not going to buy this.’”
God had other plans for Megan, despite some of the practices that were happening in the area.
“We couldn’t find any other land and it ended up just being that God really wanted us to get this land. After we bought it, the stories started coming out that that there was voodoo ceremonies that were performed on this land. Out of the whole piece of land, it’s about six acres, there’s only one tree and it was under this one tree that most of these voodoo ceremonies took place. Even up until a few years ago, before we built a wall around our whole place, there was still voodoo ceremonies that would happen every night.”
After founding a school for children in her community, the environment was created for them to start learning about Jesus. She discovered that many of the children lived in families where their parents or caretakers had opposing views.
“We have actually a lot of children that have either parents who are either voodoo priests or voodoo priestesses, and we have a lot of kids that actually live in voodoo temples with their families… It’s a really difficult situation for them, but at the same time, they have the opportunity to learn about Christ.”
Megan explains how many of the children are bringing home the good news with their families.
“A lot of them are bringing their families to Christ. Through learning about freedom and their identity in Christ at school, they’re able to share with other people.”
Although there has been progress made since the birth of Respire Haiti, Megan expresses her concern for her students.
“We’ve got a lot of kids that live in places that are very covered in voodoo.”
As brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to pray for these children who are surrounded by voodoo and pray that the truth of the gospel will penetrate their hearts, and the hearts of their family members.