Haiti. Souvenirs and the problems associated.

Posted: August 25, 2010 in Haiti Mission Trip

There was one thing I did forget to mention in part four. At the end of our free day which was Thursday, we had all these souvenirs that we bought from vendors inside the city. Unfortunately, there was no way of telling what purposes they were made for or what origins these items had. Haiti’s official religion is voodoo. Not good. Many people practice it there even if in very small ways. However, we didn’t want to take the chance that the things we purchased were in any way affiliated with the voodoo practice seeing as how we were on a mission trip and all. In order to determine what was bad, because most of the things we bought were innocent, we asked the leaders of the orphanage and they gave their opinions on whether something might have been made to be used for or represent something of the occult. The items that were said to be used for ill purposes we discarded and burned. The others we kept.

I did not purchase anything. But the whole thing made me think. If the things that were innocent were carved and crafted by the same hands that made the items we burned, does that not also make it wrong to support people who practice those arts and therefore be wrong to have been bought in the first place? Or do we do the same thing in America when we see an inappropriate movie that could have been left alone? Or when we buy something from somebody we know might use what we pay for it in a sinful purpose. If all sin is sin, then one would be just as wrong as buying a wooden cup from a voodoo practicing vendor than one would be buying a cup from a vendor who would use the money for drugs. Granted, most of the time, we don’t know. We didn’t know for sure if the objects we burned were in fact “tainted” or not. But it would be better to be safe than sorry right? At the same time though, why didn’t we burn all of what we bought at the store. Is it possible we could have missed something? I’d say it’s just as likely. The same things we kept were made by the same hands in the same store. If what they were saying was true and it was THAT serious. Perhaps we would have been better just to stay away from anything brought back from that country at all. Better safe than sorry right?

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