Benin is considered the birthplace of Voodoo. Occult practices, including idol worship, sacrificing animals, and wearing special talismans believed to ward off evil, are widespread. Voodoo is so commonly practiced in Benin that it has a National Voodoo Day on January 10. This year in a small town in the centre of the country, a group of Voodooists burned down a church when local Christians refused to honour the village idols during the celebration. The church’s pastor asks for prayer that people in the village will be set free from the bondage of Voodoo, that the house of worship will be rebuilt, and that the congregation will be strengthened regardless of persecution.
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