With every advancement comes both great challenge and the potential for great reward.
The smart phone introduced us to the ability to pay our bills, order food, watch a movie, video chat with someone across the world, buy a pair of shoes, post our thoughts on politics, trade our stocks, dislike someone else’s political views, or share a pic of the food we just ordered with our “followers,” while simultaneously ignoring the person sitting across the table from us.
There is nothing like watching a family share a meal together while they all just stare at their phones. Maybe you have been there and done that; smart phones or laptops or whatever new gadgets are on their way are not intrinsically corrupt, but how we incorporate cultural and technological advancements into our daily lives can be. My kids playing the game Minecraft all day on the family laptop is not ideal, but the fact that they can now, during a pandemic, still attend school online with a highly qualified teacher and their great classmates is amazing and is turning out to be a great reward.
The ability to fly leaders all over the world for the in-person Haggai Leader Experience is currently paused due to travel restrictions, but our capability to virtually equip leaders is now more critical to the mission of getting the Gospel to those who do not have it than ever. By God’s providence, the Haggai team was already in the middle of developing and building a new innovative digital platform way before the first case of COVID-19 was ever reported, and that is God’s grace on this ministry. While traditional western missions are in a major holding pattern, the Haggai model of global missions is flourishing, and the advancement of technology is turning out to meet this great challenge that is yielding great rewards. By God’s grace and provision, we truly believe that the virtual Haggai Leader Experience is the next innovation in equipping leaders to end Gospel poverty. We do not see this as a replacement to our in-person equipping, but rather a pioneering addition to our capabilities. In this edition of THE THREE, I want to draw your focus to THREE of the many rewards that are being yielded through this latest advancement.