“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9

Nestled in the narrowing portion of the African continent, where the lush forests of the Congo slowly transition into coastal plains, is the small, landlocked country of Zambia. In 1963, Zambia’s colonial period ended with the establishment of an independent republic, free from British interference. It was one of the first of many countries in the region to establish independence, and became a beacon of hope to neighboring countries struggling to establish autonomy.

Zambia has functioned successfully as an independent republic now for more than 50 years, and public servant Haggai leader Ndiyoi Muliwana Mutiti has dedicated her entire career to supporting and improving Zambia’s international standing.

Ndiyoi began her career in 1983 as an assistant archivist at the National Archives, holding positions of increasing responsibility before being named director in 1995. Shortly after, she joined the Ministry of Home Affairs as assistant secretary. Ndiyoi accepted her first ambassadorship to Zimbabwe in 2012; she was named ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to Japan in August 2015; and in 2020, she returned home to Zambia to serve as the country’s electoral commissioner.

“One of my goals is to be a godly professional in the career path that God has given me. I am keenly aware that my vocation brings me into contact with people who may never have an opportunity to hear the Gospel unless I do something about it. Consequently, as an ambassador for Christ, my professional vocation is the mission field where I share the Word of God.”

Ndiyoi Muliwana Mutiti

As a young adult, Ndiyoi was introduced to the Gospel by her sister, and since inviting Jesus into her life, the Good News has infused every part of her work. But it was her Haggai Leader Experience (HLE) in 2016 that inspired her to view her public role in a new light.

“The HLE gave me a renewed understanding of my role and responsibility in ending Gospel poverty and further, that my vocation is the mission field. I was challenged to come up with a vision for sharing the Gospel, execute it, and to pass on what I have learned to others.”

Ndiyoi spoke at the Haggai Golden Jubilee Celebration in Bali, Indonesia, as part of Haggai’s 50th anniversary celebration.

After nearly two decades in foreign service, Ndiyoi’s newest role as electoral commissioner turns her attention to her own country, allowing her to focus on developing new Haggai leaders, in addition to the 1,300 she has already equipped in the last four years. In her professional life, she will also take the time to focus on helping her fellow Zambian citizens become more receptive to the Gospel.

“Haggai leaders should be professional in whatever vocation they are in and participate in addressing socio-economic issues in their spheres of influence. As one ministers to the material needs of people, it creates a conducive environment to also address the spiritual issues.”