In 1995, after having read several articles about Dr. John Haggai along with reading his book, How To Win Over Worry, my quest was to meet the man who had already traversed down the road that I sought to travel. Subsequently, he graciously invited me to the Haggai Institute for lunch where the staff received me with much warmth and honor. As I walked into the office, I was greeted by his rich, raspy voice full of grace and grandeur. His experience and gentle words breathed life into my dreams of innovatively reaching the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was as if he was reminding me to, “Attempt something so great for God it’s doomed to failure unless God be in it.” After much conversation, Dr. Haggai said that I reminded him of himself when he first launched out to achieve a seemingly impossible dream. He spoke of a few individuals who believed in him and encouraged him to establish what is now Haggai International.
Later that year, Dr. Haggai accepted my invitation to speak to an assembly of leaders of the Global Visionaries Network where he tremendously impacted the attendees. He is visionary leader whose leadership, passion, and integrity transforms lives. Dr. Haggai also has ministered on numerous occasions to our congregation at Cross Culture Church bringing practical wisdom and insight. He is an amazing communicator with an ability to connect with people from all walks of life.
In 1996, my family was vacationing in Maui, Hawaii. When Dr. Haggai found out that we were traveling to Maui, he invited us to the Leadership Training Center. While there, we learned firsthand the kind of impact H.I. was making all over the world. Leaders from across the globe were being trained to become better equipped to effectively influence their cultures with the Gospel. I must admit that after sitting in on the first session, vacation became secondary for me. I observed an attribute of Dr. Haggai: he has a gift of drawing out latent, God-given potential from people. Undoubtedly, his vast knowledge enables him to help people actualize their potential.
On another occasion a few years ago, I invited Dr. Haggai over to our home for lunch. It surprised us that he drove himself to our home. We laughed as Dr. Haggai joked about some of his encounters with the police on the road. He said whenever they caught him speeding, he would occasionally pull the senior citizen card to get out of trouble. As we continued to enjoy our fellowship, my family took turns extracting wisdom from him on things such as marriage, family, and ministry. Dr. Haggai has become family to us; our children even call him “Grandpa.” We are honored that he has shared life with us at memorable moments. In fact, he wrote the charge at my daughter’s wedding.
God is so gracious to have blessed me with a dear friend who has made such a dynamic impact all over the world helping people see God through the eyes of the unique cultures He created. It is my honor to continue partnering with H.I. to end Gospel poverty.