Dr John Edward Haggai joined his Lord after being in the service of Him for 75 yrs. He successfully completed his probation on this planet. We celebrate his life and also celebrate the certainty of our hope to see him on the other shore.
It was on 1st June 1973, that I met Dr. Haggai in Atlanta for the first time. I remember spending a day together in his office, then known as Office of Evangelism International before the name changed into Haggai Institute for relevant reasons. We discussed and shared a number of things in training leaders. Also, he took me to his home and introduced me to his family, Christine, Johny (on wheel chair) and Christines’s mother, mother Barker.
While in his office, he showed me a place in which he fell prostrate and prayed for guidance before sending messages to the prospective participants of the very first session. It was due to a last minute financial crisis. But, after he got up from that prayer, he received a message over phone from a generous donor informing him about transferring the required money to the bank account.
I owe very much to Dr Haggai, especially in learning many useful aspects of the ministry through the opportunities given to me. Surely, spending 35 years on the faculty and as the Dean of the Haggai Institute were opportunities to listen to the lectures of eminent men and women and also to listen to Dr. Haggai’s messages, and learn a lot of insights.
We experienced as a family (my wife cared for our two sons Johny & Ronnie and Annie) his humility to stay at our home (in Tiruvalla, Kerala) for 4 days and his tender care and participation in our family prayer. He and Christine and a group of friends from USA under the leadership of Mr. John Bachman, spent an entire day with us by taking a (bus) road trip of 200 kms (both ways) from Cochin.
My active participation with the Haggai Institute activities in Singapore, Maui and a few countries (during national level session) keep coming fresh to my memory at this time. Now I am 81 years old – I was 33 and Dr. Haggai was 48 when we first met.
I pray that the God of all comfort will continue to comfort all of us who are grieving at this time.
Dr. George Samuel