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.


The Power of the Word

The Power of the Word

What an awesome privilege to be able to teach the Word of God! The Bible is alive and powerful! Here are a few of the responses to the teaching of the Word:

“I want to thank you with all of my heart for you. You are the one teacher who managed to inspire me. You make me want to learn the Word of God much more. I thank you for sharing your passion for teaching the Word of God. You are increasing my interest in deep study of the Word of God.”

“You were very good in our class. I can’t explain to you how you transform a lot of things in my spirit.”

“Your teaching is way exceptional. I appreciate the spiritual connection when you are teaching.”

“We have been touched by the Word of God.”

What an incredible joy it is to be an instrument in the Lord’s hands. God uses ordinary people like you and me to do extraordinary things, and He brings all the glory to Himself! Our God is an awesome God! Thank you for partnering with me. God is using you and me to teach and transform 

The Power of the Spirit

The Power of the Spirit! The Holy Spirit clearly guided me and spoke to me though the Word.

Just a couple days before I left for Haiti, I was asked to preach at the Master’s in Organizational Leadership inauguration Chapel. I thought about many passages of Scriputre that i could use for this message. But ultimatley I felt led to focus on the most important aspect of organizational leadershiip… the leader’s life. I had decided on the passage of Scripture that I would use, and I had looked over that passage of Scritpute, but I did not have the message put together. Consequently, I needed to put it together my first week in Port au Prince. I woke up at 3 am one night in Haiti with insights and words pouring into my mind. I’m convinced the Holy Spirit was using that passage of Scripture to speak to me. I got up and began typing those thoughts into a message. I titled the message “Ten Traits of a Godly Leader.” The result was a message the President referred to as “very powerful!”  and the Professor who was translating it said, “The message was so deep and personal that I was thinking about the application to my life and I forgot to translate!”

I was asked to preach at a student’s church. The Holy Spirit tore the spiritual blinders from a young man’s eyes and at the end of the Sunday Morning message I gave at a STEP Seminary student’s church, this young man placed his faith in Christ as his own personal Savior! Heaven is rejoicing!

The Holy Spirit enabled me to share practical illustrations and personal applications as I taught this full semester course on Old Testament Historical Books. One of the students mentioned that “This course will be beneficial throughout our ministry and daily life!” Another wrote: While you teach us you also help us stay connected with God… “My faith has grown during this course and I am feeling very close to the Lord.”  

God the Holy Spirit has gifted me as a pastor-teacher, and that pastoring-shepherding heart touched the lives of the students. The students wrote: “Your coming and your ministry were a gift to us. We have been deeply touched by your teaching. We are particularly grateful for your relationship with us. We love you!”