In 1991, I was aware of what God was calling me for, but I was struggling with lots of questions, not sure of how to organize myself, the ministry that God called me for, and really struggling with whether this will last. At that time, I was recommended to attend the then Haggai Institute in Singapore, now Haggai International. I read his books, I heard him speak. His faith journey and teachings in Singapore changed my perspective and equipped me for what God had called me for. Full time in youth ministry.
I would trace the pioneering of Youth For Christ/Rwanda to my experience in Singapore, and the teachings that I got then served as the backbone of the growth of this ministry that I continue to lead in Rwanda.
John Edmund Haggai’s faith in Christ was rock solid. His focus was razor sharp. He was clear about his purpose. Well equipped to influence other leaders. His sense of humor was always like the blood streams weaving between the points that he wanted to put across, but especially making them crystal clear to everyone.
After losing my wife in 2015, my kids and I visited him in May 2016. He ministered to me, and my kids who were still so young remember that “Grandpa man that they met in Atlanta”. They tell me that he loves people so much.
Dr. Haggai ran his race. He accomplished his task. May we always ran the race that is before us. There are many more people who do not know Jesus Christ. May we remain focused on the one who called us, and continue the ministry of reaching the lost for Christ.
Jean Baptiste Mugarura
National Director of Youth For Christ/Rwanda