Haggai leaders navigate tough leadership positions and job responsibilities to radiating the love of Christ and sharing His Good News with the world. A skilled businessman, honorable leader, and a radical lover of Jesus, José Manuel Narváez is no exception.

In this year alone, José has completed both the 12-week Virtual Haggai Leadership Experience (VHLE) with Haggai and a four-month leaders’ academy program through Guatemalan church Casa de Dios. These equippings, José says, have substantially helped him to “better perform our Lord’s mission” and have strengthened his call to serve. Since completing the VHLE, José has been made aware of the urgency of the Gospel and the importance of equipping others to make disciples of the nations.

“We have had to find and develop new ways to share the Gospel, to snatch up more souls from our enemy’s claws, and to disciple and equip new Christian leaders to continue fighting this war under our Father’s army.”

José Manuel Narváez

José’s professional background is an expansive one, beginning with a bachelor’s in management, a bachelor’s in public accounting, and a CSS (Certificate of Special Studies) from Harvard’s business school, followed by various financial management positions at several companies. He is currently the general manager of La Pasiega and a business consultant at a sports trading company, YOX.

José completes his leaders’ academy program through Guatemalan church, Casa de Dios.

“Everything I was given or achieved was of God’s grace and God’s merit, not mine.”

José uses his calling to leadership to demonstrate Christ’s love wherever he is, sharing the Gospel with others in even the most mundane of places, from the office to the taxi to the grocery store line. Several years ago, José felt called to share the Gospel with a homeless couple at a park he frequently went to. Through intentional conversation, he shared the Good News of Jesus, and the couple both accepted Christ into their hearts. He continued to see them at the park, but unfortunately, the woman passed away mere days after their encounter. Upon discovering this, José said he was “sad, but so very happy she got to know and receive Christ just a few days before she died.”

Despite a large number of Catholics in Mexico, José says that Gospel poverty is still a big issue. Many Mexicans are Catholic because their family is and always has been, not because they desire to follow Jesus. Additionally, many withdraw at unfamiliarity, as the beliefs and practices of protestants like José — who was born into a Catholic family — feel much more foreign.

José is empathetic and grieves for those who do not know the love of Christ. “It hurts so badly knowing the risk they are running without even being aware of it, of passing an eternity away from God.”

He tirelessly reiterates our need for a Savior and of the dire importance that we surrender to Him. José also consistently seeks the wisdom of our God, as his burning desire for others to experience this love only increases. His submission to the Lord is evident in his actions as the Holy Spirit works in and through him.

Written by Gwendolyn Reed