The Eagle has risen! Not only risen, but is now soaring! That’s the spirit speed of my dear and sweet Uncle John! He was nothing short of a lightning bolt of energy and focus! Yes, he was fully powered by God! I am overwhelmed by his quick and complete obedience to God and how that shaped his life and the birth of Haggai International. He lived each day with unyielding boldness and courage while receiving the divine protection and timely provision that can only come from God! Yes, a resounding yes, that God is faithful, always and in all ways! Uncle John’s mission for life was defined by being ‘under fire’. He was a soldier, a warrior for Christ calling on all to submit with urgency. His clock was ticking and so were his minutes to build the kingdom of God. Although Uncle John is now timeless and eternal, the impact of his life on earth will continue to change lives and plant seeds of new beginnings. Incredible! And, because of his prayers and prayers from a family of believers, I was ‘surprised by joy’ on the eve of Mother’s Day in 1996. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at 36 years of age, yes, a late bloomer but a bloomer, indeed! At last, I arrived! Now, 25 years later, I have never looked back and thankful for the new hope I found in Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the thirst God has given me to understand more about my Uncle John’s ministry and the work God has been doing through him. I always wondered about what was behind those IMPACT magazines from years ago that would be stacked up in a large decorative basket in my Mother’s bathroom (truth here). Let it be known that my father, Ted Haggai, was Uncle John’s younger brother and the older brother to Uncle Tom, another phenomenal man who also went home to our precious Lord last March. I was 21 when my father passed away at the age of 55 in 1980 and remember growing up with his countless expressions of love and admiration for both of his brothers, John and Tom. He was so proud of his brothers and astonished by their accomplishments and global impact on people from ‘high places’. Now they are all reunited for eternity! I am entirely thankful for the examples my Uncles have set for me. They do not realize how powerful their character, mission and passion for being true ‘Change Agents’ in the world have helped to shape who I am, my purpose and mission in life. Our clock is also ticking and our minutes on earth are only known before God. Life is not a dress rehearsal! With each new day our rising ‘Son’ calls for our full attention and devotion to place God’s agenda before our own. I can say that my Uncles have lived with this ‘modus operandi ‘ and lead by example. In addition, I must remark how grateful I am to have been able to bring my husband, Scott, alongside me to attend the double women’s session in April of 2015 (now we are both breathless with ‘Impact’!). Scott was early in his recovery from a kidney removal and I had just launched my business as an Independent Financial Advisor. Both big stakes! Perfect timing to attend the training session at the center in Kihei, Maui. When everything is breaking loose, dive into God’s word and people and He will set our paths straight, every time! Uncle John was a man who spent his daily life in the ‘deep dive’. His focus, power, brilliance and inspiration came from every God breathed source, his beloved family, his staff, his leaders and from all places and people both great and small…he absorbed it all to give it meaning, light and ultimately new life before God. I give him an exponential rating of 10 to the 10th power – Google has no extension for such reviews, only God! With honor, grace and love, I celebrate Uncle John’s remarkable life of faith with each of you and am armed with great enthusiasm for the present and future Haggai International! Go Dr. Bev!! Crush gospel poverty!! Our cloud of witnesses in heaven just took a big leap to include Uncle John! For such a time as this, may we all remain encouraged and inspired by Uncle John’s life and story to change lives under God and with great love to heal our earth and expand the Kingdom one soul at a time. On behalf of my husband, children, sisters and extended family, we all celebrate the magnificence of this man, fueled by his God given remarkable wife, son and heavenly care team, Gladys and family. May the life and impact of Dr. John Edmund Haggai remain alive and active in our hearts forever.