Jamila* , a Haggai leader in the Middle East, has a goal to share the Gospel with 2,000 non-Christians in the next two years. She is carrying out that mission one encounter at a time. The Haggai leader, pastor, and IT manager travels to different cities around her country, equipping Christians to share the Gospel. She visits places where many have never heard Jesus’ teachings, and she helps plant new churches. She also treats each day as an opportunity — whether at the park, the shopping mall, the beach, or a restaurant — to share Christ’s plan for salvation.
During one such encounter, Jamila was having lunch with her friends. While the group was waiting for their order, a young woman who was sitting alone asked them to join her. The woman told them it was her birthday and asked if they would like to celebrate with her. Jamila knew this was a God-directed opportunity. She and her friends sang “Happy Birthday” and sparked a quick friendship with this young woman, Mia*.
Jamila decorates a girl’s hand with henna.
“Afterward, Mia invited us to join her back at her house,” Jamila says. “Of course, we couldn’t say no, because this gave us more time to share the Gospel with her. We followed her home, where we met her large, extended family. We shared the Gospel through John 3:16, sang songs together, and explained what it meant that Jesus died for them.” Jamila is grateful that her Haggai equipping has led to such fruitful encounters for Christ. “After attending the Virtual Haggai Leader Experience,” she explains, “I was enlightened that discipleship is a commitment to leave and follow — loving and leading others into a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and helping others grow in the grace and knowledge of Him.”
Jamila and Mia’s impromptu meeting ended with happy tears and a hopeful prayer — that the seed of the Gospel planted on her birthday would reap a plentiful harvest for Mia’s entire family. Jamila shares, “I made a vow before the Lord: I will give my life and all that it costs to serve Him until every nation, tongue, and tribe will stand before His throne and proclaim, ‘Salvation belongs to our God.’”
Written by Natalie Broulette
*Names changed for security.