My wife and I first attended a Haggai Area Seminar in our church, St Andrews Church, in Chennai India in 2001 and were deeply touched by what we learned. Our transformation began then along with a revival in our church. In 2010, I was nominated to attend the Haggai International Seminar at the mid-Pacific Centre in Maui. Although accepted, I was unable to attend due to the precarious health of my in-laws who we were caring for in our home. I was finally able to attend in 2015 by which time they had both passed away.
Within a week of my return, my wife asked me, ‘What happened in Maui?’ although I had been continually in touch with her from there and described the program to her in some detail! When I asked her what prompted the question, she said I had changed. Indeed, that was the first manifestation of my life’s transformation as I submitted to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Shortly thereafter, during the study of Revelations, the Holy Spirit convicted me of my ‘idol’, a large, powerful sedan that was the pride of my life. In submission, I sold it.
I became involved in the local Haggai Association, the oldest in India, and was elected its President in 2017. Our focus has been on seminars to train leaders as well as to vitalize the alumni with fellowship and opportunities to renew their zeal to serve the Lord. Opportunities opened up in the church as well with my being invited to lead the newly formed Men’s Fellowship. I attended the Haggai Faculty Training and became a facilitator for Mandate and facilitated at National and Area Seminars in the South. I am now also invited to minister to youth as well as speak at various churches and fellowships.
I have a marketplace ministry and witness Christ in the workplace, actively ministering to young people and drawing them to Christ. As I increasingly submit to the Lord and serve Him, I cannot help but feel grateful to John Haggai for his vision and Institution that empowers people like me to become powerful witnesses for our Lord and Savior. As more opportunities open up, I see the reality of what he wrote about in his book, ‘The Influential Leader’ working in my life. And I am ever so grateful to him for enabling tens of thousands of leaders like me from across the world to be transformed to become Christ’s representatives in our countries.