Adonis “Adon” Adlaon completed the Haggai Leader Experience in 2019, just before the pandemic introduced new challenges to leaders all over the world.
Adon’s former ministry, Government Movers Enlightening the Nation, focuses on discipleship within the Philippine National Police (PNP), a group of over 220,000 police officers that serves a population of almost 110 million people spread across 7,100 islands.
In 2019, the leadership of the PNP created the Spiritual Transformation Program as part of a systemic effort to promote police reform. The idea behind the Spiritual Transformation Program is to nurture officers’ moral and spiritual values, regardless of their faith backgrounds, in the hopes that officers with strong faith will be less likely to participate in abusive or illegal activity. Pastors, priests, counselors, and lay leaders are welcomed in to provide guidance to officers.
“Because of our efforts, many have come to the saving grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and are growing in their faith. This pillar of the government is very strategic because they have power, authority, and influence. Those who have believed, and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, are then being equipped to share the Gospel and disciple their families, officemates, and even the communities.”
Traditionally, the ministry has relied on in-person gatherings among volunteers and officers to conduct Bible studies, counseling, prayer, and accountability groups.
When the pandemic shut down in-person gatherings, Adon immediately pivoted to using social media, webinars, and online meeting platforms to continue his work. He credits his Haggai Leader Experience as a major contributor to his ability to persevere throughout the pandemic.
“God has been doing great things, even in the midst of the pandemic. He opened doors to make the Gospel known to many people. During the quarantine, social media has been a great tool for sharing and communicating the Gospel. Through the HLE, the Lord affirmed to me that as I respond in obedience to Him, he will never leave me and forsake me, and he will pour out His abundant provision so the work He has entrusted to me will be carried out. There may be challenges and setbacks along the way, but the Lord has promised me He will see me through.”
Written by Jill Clair Gentry