Teaching to Transform is excited to be on the cutting edge of what God is doing in Haiti to transform this nation! God has called Harlan Betz to teach Haitian leaders, train Haitian pastors, and mentor Haitian young people. We believe that as we impact these leaders we are setting the stage not only for their transformation, but also for the transformation of their families, their communities, and their country.

Haiti Facts

Population: 10 million people
Language: Creole and French
Religion: 80% Roman Catholic
Size: Area of New Hampshire
National Religion: Voodoo

80% living under the poverty line
54% live in abject poverty
Average Income $2/day
Poorest Country in the Western hemisphere

90% of all schools are private
50% of children do not attend
20% of Haitians attend high school
60% of Haitians read & write

Many Haitian pastors have no formal theological training and receive no salary. They must work outside the church or do subsistence farming.


September 2017 - Hurricane Irma

       Due to Hurrican Irma, I was not able to fly down to Haiti for the September teaching session. Consequently, the Academic Dean, who had taught Soteriology before, is carrying the added burden of teaching the Soteriology class. The Academic Dean and the President of STEP Seminary suggested that I change my focus to preparing the syllabus and the contents for my November teaching session on nine of the Pauline Epistles.

       It was a little disappointing not to be able to teach Soteriology in September, but I am actually very excited about switching gears and preparing to teach New Testament books to these Haitian students at STEP Seminary.  

       I am grateful for those of you who prayed for me as I prepared for the September teaching trip, and who prayed for Sharon and me as we went through Hurricane Harvey in Houston, and who prayed for us as we wrestled with how to respond to Hurricane Irma as it was passing Haiti and hitting Florida. 

       The Scripture says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord!” (Psalm 37:23). My grandmother Gladys Betz read that verse and in her own handwriting in her own Bible she wrote these words in the margin: “The stops also!” The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord... and the stops of a good man are ordered by the Lord! The Scripture is truth and my grandmother was right. Therefore, I am confident that God is still on the throne and I believe the Lord stopped me from going to Haiti in September.  

       Now I have turned my attention to studying the Pauline Epistles and to putting together the syllabus, the notes, the quizzes, and the test for this next course that I will teach at STEP Seminary on the Pauline Epistles. The good Lord willing, I will be flying down to Haiti on November 3 and returning to Texas on November 18. In addition to teaching a 30 hour course on the Paulline Epistles, I will be speaking at eight student chapels. I can hardly wait! 

       Thank you again for praying for us and for partnering with us in this life-impacting endeavor. 

July 2017 Summer Sessions at STEP

              Two separate summer sessions took place at STEP Seminary in July.

              The first session was a Friday-Saturday seminar. The second session was a Monday-Wednesday-Friday seminar. I taught the students the Old Testament Walk Through. I helped them understand the flow and theme of all the Old Testament books. I helped them learn the timing and focus of all the historical, poetical, and prophetical books in the Old Testament. The students expressed great appreciation for my teaching and my energy. They gladly participated, and the eagerly stepped up to walk through the Old Testament on their own. The sudents enjoyed meeting Sharon and they enjoyed seeing her eagerly follow my teaching. A couple students told the Academic Dean that they thought this course was so helpful that it should be a required course for every student at STEP Seminary. 

              Sharon and I stayed at the home of the STEP Semianry President. Sharon enjoyed getting to know his wife (who lived in America for a period of time and spoke English very well). We were served wonderful meals at their home. It was the peak season for fresh fruit and we enoyed mangoes, bananas, papaya, pineapple, watermelon, and cherry juice and soursop juice. 

              Thank you for partnering with us and making a didfference in the lives of these Haitians. The Academic Dean asked me to thank you for sending me to Hati and to thank you for making it possible for me to teach and mentor the students in Haiti. It is so exciting to be making a difference in the lives of those who can make a diffference in Haiti!