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.

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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.

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Five Truths to Give believers Perspective

Five Truths to Give Believers Perspective        by Dr. Harlan Betz

 

1.God is with us!  

Jesus, the Commander of the Lord’s armies, said to Joshua, I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1:3-9). The songwriter put it this way: I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind. The God of angel armies is always by my side! If God is for us, who, of any consequence, can be against us? Nothing and no one can separate us from His love (Romans 8:31-39)! God is with us! He will never leave us not forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6)! God is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1)!  

2. God is sovereign! 

God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps on the sea and rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines of never-failing skill He treasures up His bright designs and works His sovereign will. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take… the clouds ye so much dread are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense but trust Him for His grace; behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face! - William Cowper.  Psalm 115:3; 145:6; Jeremiah 32:17.

3. Trials are inevitable! 

The Bible declares that “All who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12).  And as Peter declares, “We should not be surprised when we encounter fiery trials” (1 Peter 4:12). Jesus made it clear that “In this world you will experience trials and troubles! But Jesus also declared that we could be of good cheer because He has overcome the world (John 16:33)!

4. We are Ambassadors of Christ!                                                                                       

We are here by God’s appointment… for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). Jesus wants us, his followers, to be in the world, but not of the world (John 17:15-18). While in the world, he wants us to impact the world We are to be the salt that helps prevent corruption. We are to be the salt that encourages others to thirst for Christ. We are to be the light that helps people walk out of the darkness. We are to be the light that points others to Christ (Matthew 5:13-16)! We are ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor. 5:20). We cannot be neutral. If we are not for Christ, we are against Him (Mt 12:30). We must act! Don’t be overcome by evil, but rather, overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21)! 

5. We do not need to fear! 

God has not given us the spirit of fear; He has given us dynamic power, devoted love, and disciplined mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Faith drives out fear (Psalm 56:11). An assured victorious outcome drives out fear. Jesus said to his followers, “Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me. I go to My Father’s house to prepare a place for you. I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-6). If our victory was not assured and if our outcome was not certain, we would have reason for fear and wringing of hands and knots in our stomach. But victory is assured, and our future is guaranteed to be glorious! Jesus will return to rule and reign! We’re on the winning side (Revelation 19:11-16)! 

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!