“But The Lord’s plans stand firm forever; His intentions can never be shaken.” Psalm 33:11
This is the verse that Haggai leader Kristoffer (JJ) Chan and his family — owners and creators of the Philippine franchise Mango Magic — have lived by. In September 2012, Mango Magic’ was born with the idea to bring fresh mango smoothies to Tacloban, Philippines. In 2013, the successful business that had begun flourishing was wiped out by typhoon Yolanda. Both the Chan family and many others throughout the Philippines experienced devastation of their homes and livelihoods. But, through hard work and dedication, the Chans started their business from the ground up again.
Today, it is a successful business with thriving franchises throughout the Philippines. JJ is president and CEO. Like many Filipinos, JJ was raised in the church. He knew about God at a very young age and was always active in the church due to his parents’ involvement within it as well. It wasn’t until the Virtual Haggai Leader Experience, however, that JJ discovered that while he accepted Jesus at a young age, he hadn’t fully surrendered his goals and plans to God.
He realized that, over the years, his focus and achievements in life had become about worldly success and the approval of others. He rededicated his life to Jesus and began living his life through God’s plans, and not his own.
“I am now re-committed to being God’s instrument to effect change and transformation in the lives of people in His nation through the Gospel of Jesus,” he says.
His main focus has been taking every opportunity to share the Gospel in his workplace, transforming it into a mission field. He’s used his influence within Mango Magic to provide every employee with a Bible if they would like one, and consistently leads the organization under biblical principles. He cares for his employees the way Jesus cares for His people and, just as Mango Magic wants to “spread happiness in every smoothie,” JJ wants to ensure all the employees experience true joy in Jesus.
Some other ways that he has been able to accomplish the goals he set after the VHLE is through distributing Bibles to nearby children through a partnership with a local Christian organization. JJ also has the opportunity of leading a small group within his local church.
He also aims to spearhead and organize fundraising events to end Gospel poverty with the help of fellow Christian entrepreneurs. Within these fundraising events, he wants to “create and steward businesses that uplift the lives of its stakeholders and eventually, lead them to become followers of Jesus.”
Written by Sierra McKinnis