Sharing the Gospel is hard. As evidenced by numerous Haggai leaders across the globe — be it facing pandemic-related restrictions, technology trouble, or even persecution — sometimes you must get creative. For Philippine Haggai leader Thess, that means acknowledging The Great Commission and channeling her efforts to make disciples of others from right where she is.
Thess is a state auditor for the Philippine Commission on Audit, treasurer and chairman of the Board of ABGTS and PBTS, respectively, and a member of the Philippine Global Mission Board. In the past year, she’s turned her home into a Sunday School classroom, her church into a training center, and online messaging into a platform for the Gospel. Within all three, she’s found a place to show others how to spread God’s message.
Also a member of the Woman’s Missionary Union of the Philippines, she shares their goal to equip children in missions and teach them about Jesus; so, as her classroom shifted to the living room, she decided to “enroll” her grandsons, ages 13, 9 and 6, into a class every Sunday. They spent much of their time deep into the Word, studying 2 Corinthians 5:20, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
“I shared with them that they need to accept Jesus in their heart, and they willingly accepted Him. I also trained them to share the Gospel with others. Right now, they are excited to listen to Jesus’s story and to pray to Him every day.”
The leader of a discipleship group at her church, Thess also works with women to equip them to share the Gospel with others. Called “Servant Leaders,” they consist of Sunday School teachers, Bible Study leaders, and educators in the community. Three women, in particular, were confirmed, equipped, and challenged in their faith through Thess’ faithfulness.
One single young woman in the study said that her calling to Thailand was confirmed and she now felt more equipped to share the Good News. Another found that her desire to equip others in teaching was deepened. A third — Thess’ coworker — said “yes” to Jesus through Thess sharing the Gospel with her. This coworker discovered that her faith was not dependent on what she did — how regularly she attended church or prayed — but on the work of Christ.
For Thess, equipping others to share the Gospel is “embedded in my heart” and each morning, Thess texts Scripture verses to her colleagues.
“As the days pass by, many are now reading the Word of God daily in the morning, acknowledging Jesus, and turning to Him as their priority before anything else.
Every prayer, movement, and sharing with others will definitely leave a mark of introducing Jesus the Messiah and the only one who can save. Whether in good times or in bad, the sharing of the Gospel will not be hindered.
Written by Jennifer Colosimo