Colombia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Its geography boasts mountains, beaches, grasslands, deserts, rivers, and rainforests that contain more than 300 distinct ecosystems supporting over 60,000 unique species. God’s creativity and His love for diversity are evident in this vibrant nation. If God’s creation is so intricately diversified, why wouldn’t His plan to end Gospel poverty be as well?
In this terrain, Haggai leader Daniel Ramirez’s business-driven approach illustrates the strategic way Haggai International seeks to equip believers from every segment of society in every vocation — it’s as essential to share the Gospel in board rooms as it is to walk with Him into the slums.
An active member of World Vision Colombia’s Advisory (WVC) Board, Daniel contributes to building and implementing different strategies and actions to mitigate the needs of the most vulnerable.
“My ministry is centered around leading by example in all my business activities and in the areas of influence where God has placed me,” Daniel says. “I work to end Gospel poverty by being vocal in my faith convictions and principles, as well as by the values that sustain me. I share what Jesus represents in my life, so others might be willing and motivated to follow Him.”
Daniel is a board member of the Colombia Alumni Association — a group of Haggai leaders who are committed to passing on their equipping — and is passionate about sharing the knowledge he gleaned from the Haggai Leader Experience with other business leaders. “The Colombia Alumni Association’s vision is to inspire, equip, and empower new leaders to share the Gospel in their sectors of influence and contribute to the redemption and transformation of our nation,” Daniel says. For eight years, Daniel has taught a seminar about how discipline and integrity in the workplace are essential tools for sharing the Gospel with colleagues. So far, he has equipped over 600 business leaders from regions across Colombia through this and other seminars.
One of those leaders was an executive at one of the biggest banks in the country and contacted Daniel a few months after completing the seminar. He wanted to share the content with the management at his bank. “I helped him develop and articulate the content and the message of the seminar,” Daniel says. “Through that, several of the attendees heard the Gospel and the good promises and blessings that God has for the ones who not only accept and follow Him, but also obey His Word and teachings.”
For the past eight years, Daniel has taught his course, Discipline and Integrity of the Leader to Evangelize, to more than 300 leaders from different communities and regions of Colombia.
Like many Haggai leaders, Daniel is also a member of his church and serves on the elder board and finance committee. He focuses on the church’s mission to reach people who feel alienated by the traditional church format. He also serves on Colombia’s World Vision Advisory Board, providing high-level strategic counsel to the organization as it seeks to meet the needs of his country’s most vulnerable.
For Daniel, ending Gospel poverty is not compartmentalized to one area of his life. Simply being a good friend can be the avenue for Jesus to change hearts. “One of my closest childhood friends was going through a very difficult season emotionally, financially, and in his relationships with his wife and children,” Daniel says. “I had the chance to share with him what God had done in my life and how He helped and supported me as I experienced issues like anxiety and depression.” That friend began following Jesus and attending Daniel’s church. As his circumstances stabilized, he and his wife became active members, and Daniel’s friend even attended a national Haggai seminar. “He continues to be very active in serving others,” Daniel says. “Now, he and his wife are praying their adult children will come to know and accept Jesus, too.”
Written by Jill Clair Gentry