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.


Come Apart and Rest a While

          "Be still (cease striving and fretting and worrying) and know that I am God!" (Psalm 46:10). That is a great challenge for all of us who are in the midst of this coronavirus epidemic.

          When I think of “being still,” I am reminded of a time Jesus when Jesus and his disciples were in the midst of an effective ministry, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Come apart and rest a while!” (Mark 6:31).  J. Vernon McGee was commenting on this verse and he said, “If you don’t come apart, you’ll come apart!” I love that quote! It is so true. If you don’t come apart you will come apart. If you don’t take a break, you will break.

           We need to find a balance. There are times when we need to step away from the busyness of life. We need to come apart and rest in the Lord. If we don’t come apart to be alone with God, we will find ourselves flailing and falling apart. We need to carve out time to rest, relax, renew, recreate, and re-energize. We need to carve out time to spend time alone with God… listening to Him as He speaks through His Word and talking with Him through prayer.

          Personally, I like to find a special place to be alone with Him. It can be anywhere: an office, or a closet, or a room, or a chair, or a park, or a beach. I especially love to get out in the woods or up into the mountains; but that is not always possible! What is possible, is to carve out the time to intentionally spend time alone with God!

          "Come apart and rest a while!" Find that quiet place, that place where you can spend time alone with God. It will refresh you, restore you, and re-energize you!

Corruption & Chaos

 Protestors have set up road barricades with large rocks or burning tires or brush and wood that have shut down travel and shipments all over the country. The turmoil in Haiti has caused the closing of schools and shops. There is a terrible fuel shortage that has shut down transportation and generators all over the country. I’ve read that over 30 Haitians have been killed and over 200 injured in the last wave of protests.

Most mission trips to Haiti were cancelled in October and they are also cancelled for November and December. Unless things change in a major way, I will not be able to go down for the Christian World Outreach Leadership Conference the first week of January, nor will I be able to go down for the two-week long block course that I am supposed to teach at STEP Seminary the last two weeks of January. 

Please join me in praying for a resolution to this crisis in Haiti. Pray that the leaders will put the people before themselves. Pray for the people’s safety, for an end to the food and fuel shortages, and for an end to the skyrocketing inflation. Pray for peace in the country and for the proclamation of  the gospel.    

There is chaos in the country but God is still on the throne! F.E. Marsh once wrote: “When we leave God out of our reckoning, difficulties will daunt us, temptations will triumph over us, sin will seduce us, self will sway us, the world will warp us, seeming impossibilities will irritate us, unbelief will undermine our faith, Christian work will worry us, fear will frighten us, and all things will wear a somber hue. But when God is recognized as the One who undertakes for us, then difficulties are opportunities to trust Him, temptations are harbingers of victory, sin has no attraction, self is denied, unbelief is ignored, service is a delight, contentment sings in the heart, and all things are possible!”