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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Fall Report - 2018

      

Dear Ministry Partners,

                Greetings my dear friends. I hit the ground running on September 7 and it seemed like I did not stop running until I was home late September 24. I taught 30 students 40 hours of classes at STEP Seminary, I preached to all 300 students at 8 chapels at STEP Seminary, and I preached 2 Sundays and led a marriage seminar at a Christian World Outreach church in Port au Prince, I taught a leadership seminar at Hope Rising Church in Leogane on a Saturday and preached there on a Sunday Morning.    

                You are making a difference in the lives of this next generation of leaders in Haiti.

Here is a note written to me by a young lady that was in my Pauline Epistles class:

                It is a pleasure for me to write you concerning the presentation of this course and the impact it made on my life. I realize that you really are a man of God and you are a true pastor. I learned very much from you in the way that you led this course and in the messages that you preached in chapel. I feel you submit to the Holy Spirit for He uses you. I feel that I have much transformation in me from the teaching of Historic Books 1 & 2 and from the teaching on the Epistles of Paul. May God continue to bless you for every day of this ministry and may God bless your family, and those who support you too. I love you. I say thank you for all these beautiful teachings. God bless you! Nahomie Baptiste

                Here is a note from a young man that was in my Pauline Epistles class:

                I cannot find the true words for me to say to you. How you teach us, like in Chapel, it touched me. And you made many things that are for me difficult to understand to become clear. You made a lot of practical changes in my life, in my family, and in my church. I saw in you the image of a true servant of God and a disciple of Jesus. I wish God would let me see you again and find a chance for you to teach us again. You are a God-blessed man. Thank you very very, very, very much.  Claude Bruly

                What a blessing for you and for me to be making such an impact on these young leaders in Haiti. By the way, I got about 28 more letters much like those two. I’ll share more later! ??

Thank you again for your love and prayers and support!

In His Love,

Harlan

PS. A huge thank you to Houston’s FBC Cypress Campus children’s ministry for purchasing a new laptop, projector, screen, and portable sound system for STEP’s outreach to the Grand Ravine Gang kids! 

PPS. A big thank you to those who contributed $600 so far to go towards publishing Setting the Stage for Eternity in Haitian Creole. Now, I have to get the translated document formatted from 8.5”x11” to 5.5” x 8.5.”

A Shout Out after the Shoot Out

          On Monday morning, November 13, there was a shoot out between the Haitian National Police and the Grand Ravine Gang on the campus that houses STEP Seminary and Maranatha School. I arrived on the campus during the shooting and I was there on campus from 8:45 AM until about 11:45 AM. Just before noon the President of STEP Seminary shut all classes down and directed us to leave the campus. Unfortunately, about seven innocent students, faculty, and staff from the Maranatha school were killed. It was determined that some of the Haitian National Police were responsible for the massacre of these innocent civilians.

          This was an unsettling experience. I struggled with what happened and how it happened and why it happened. There was no way to really make sense of it all. I know that STEP Seminary is in a very dangerous area. I know that it is in a drug and crime infested area. I know the most wealthy and most weaponized gang in all Haiti lives next door to STEP Seminary. I know that many in the government. as in all countries, can be corrupt. I know that even those in the police department can be corrupt. I fear for the students and I fear for myself. I know that some Haitians see Americans as the enemy or as an easy target for robbery or kidnapping. During the month of December, I wrestled with whether it was wise for me to go back down to serve at STEP Seminary. 

          Is there danger? Yes. There is danger everywhere… but especially in a third-world country. I keep remembering a quote I head when I was a teen-age camper at East Iowa Bible Camp: “The safest place in the world is the center of God’s will.”  God clearly called me to this ministry. I was reminded of a quote from missionary C. T. Studd: “Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell, I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell!” Perhaps God wants me to serve at an outpost on the gates of hell. God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble! I want to give a shout out to Him! He is my Provider and my Protector! The Lord is my Shepherd!

          After much prayer and fasting by Sharon and me, much searching of the Scripture, and much seeking of counsel, we have determined that God wants me to continue to serve as a professor and mentor at STEP Seminary! Motivated by the love of Christ, energized by the power of the Spirit, and seeking to glorify God, I am willing to be an instrument of Christ in teaching Haitian leaders and in transforming Haitian lives! I am desperately dependent upon the Lord and I am desperately dependent upon your financial support and your prayer support! Thank you for partnering with me. God will recognize, remember, and reward you for the eternal impact of this ministry (Hebrews 6:10)!