Haggai leader N* knows what an “aha moment” is. It happened in 2006, when he attended a Haggai national seminar in Bali and heard a facilitator there say, “If you want to preach the Gospel, you have to live in integrity.” It felt as if the final piece of the puzzle fell into place and all his questions on the best method of personal sharing of the Gospel were complete.
N had been preaching the Gospel zealously since he became a Christian at 16 years old. He learned every kind of medium with which to share the Good News and has preached countless times to many different audiences — without a degree from a seminary or anyone teaching him what to do. He simply preached what God told him to preach, and, to him, that was powerful.
“We are not just talking about the Good News when we are preaching to others,” he said. “We are, first, the living and walking proof of that Good News to the people who live without it.”
In the turbulent environment of his country, N is overcoming obstacles and making an impact in his town.
N learned early on that our earthly timing doesn’t always match up with God’s. He was denied admission to the seminary when he first applied and found himself on a business trajectory in marketing, sales, and eventually running a small company. But when God called him elsewhere, he threw it all out the window and followed His voice. He attended seminary in 2007 and graduated with a MAT a few years later.
“I wasn’t necessarily a good leader,” he said. “In fact, I had given up trying to be a leader in Christian ministry because I always ended up fighting with other Christians. Either I hurt them, or it was the other way around. I thought, what’s the point? I wanted to opt-out of ministry. Then Haggai happened to me.”
He wasn’t just facing other Christians in adversity. In Indonesia, the unrest is at an all-time high: religions fighting religions for supremacy, fake news on social media inciting riots, radical threats from vigilante groups, and government regulations on building churches and inviting others to worship, preventing people like N from sharing the Gospel at all. It would tire anyone out.
But in 2006, God clarified N’s life’s purpose and set both him and his wife on a path to persevere in the name of Jesus. N went to the Haggai Leader Experience (HLE) in 2011 after that and continued to meet other Christians sharing the same obstacles and striving toward similar goals. Their wisdom and encouragement reignited a passion to share the Gospel, and N returned to Indonesia ready to make a dramatic impact.
Fittingly, he found his outlet in the university system, and, since 2010 he has been able to reach new students every single semester. Combined with the Christian leaders equipped through national and area seminars, N estimates he has reached at least 4,000 people. Today he continues teaching during the semesters he can and focuses on the work he is doing as the regional manager for Haggai Indonesia, teaching in a different way.
“God’s call for my life has always been to save souls, and I long to see that the whole nation of Indonesia hears the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus.”
In his town, some 4-6 million people reside, providing him a huge opportunity to make a dent in the fight against religious unrest. So far, he’s worked to equip other leaders through Haggai seminars; facilitated the Haggai course, Biblical Mandate, in Java, Bali, Rote, Sumatera, Kalimantan, Singapore, and Malaysia; and he’s authored reading material based on his own equipping that he’s able to use throughout his ministry.
“The HLE and the ministry that comes from owning the vision, keeping the vision, and being faithful to the vision has had a tremendous impact for me and my wife in directing our own life,” said N. “Just like a ship sailing on the vast open sea, our Haggai equipping helps us to keep our course steady.”
In the turbulent environment of his country, he adds that Christians there must constantly pray and do their part to support the good governance and prosperity of the nation: “We must work when there is still time.” [John 9:4].
*Name hidden to protect privacy.
Written by Jennifer Colosimo