Haggai International founder, Dr. John Edmund Haggai, went to be with the Lord in 2020. As we uphold his legacy, we continue to draw from the wisdom he left behind in nuggets like, “Notes from My Diary,” a publication he used to send to those closest to him. The following was written in 2015 and has been modified for this magazine.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20).
The Great Commission. It’s been the driving force for ending Gospel poverty since Jesus uttered these words to His closest followers. In the apostles’ time, sharing the Good News was a dangerous endeavor. Rome persecuted Christians, and the dominant culture mocked them. Doesn’t that sound familiar?
Just as sharing the Gospel was illegal for Jesus’ earliest followers, Christians today face similar challenges in nations all over the world.
But we can rejoice — name any country in which Christians are persecuted for sharing the Good News, and know that indigenous Haggai leaders are faithfully working to end Gospel poverty there.
These Christian leaders are indigenous and comprise an integral part of their country and culture. They share their faith discreetly and effectively. They are reaching their own people for Christ.
Many people ask, “If I can’t go to these places, what can I do to help in this effort?” The most effective thing you can do — long term — is to undergird with prayer and money the preparation of more indigenous Christian leaders (ultimately, thousands more) who are working to end Gospel poverty all over the world.
And that’s not an admonition to be passive. It’s a challenge — a Great Commission, if you will. We can’t do it. But we can equip surrogates who carry the Good News.
Haggai International is in place to be your vehicle for accomplishing this.
Who can reach an Egyptian better than another Egyptian? Who can reach a Rwandan better than another Rwandan? Who can reach a Colombian better than another Colombian? And this holds true for the vast nations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Follow-up research — which includes telephone calls, written reports, and personal visits — documents that Haggai leaders uniquely and powerfully meet the challenge. It’s proven. It works.
Yet, the world’s population is so huge that 2.2 billion people have yet to hear the Good News in a way they can understand from someone they know and trust.
That’s why our goal, to equip so many Christian leaders from so many places in so many countries that literally everyone will have an opportunity to make an informed decision about Jesus Christ, is more important than ever.
That’s a big goal, but God is bigger!
Your sacrificial involvement will bring that goal closer to realization. Your prayers and gifts will make a global and eternal impact for Christ.