Dr. John Edmund Haggai will always be a name living in my memory as he was responsible for sponsoring my leadership training in Kihei, East Lipoa, Maui, Hawaii, USA way back April to May, 2010 together with other gentlemen coming from all over the world. Dr. Haggai always had a positive and a warm, friendly approach to all Christian men of numerous denominations including Roman Catholics. It was a pity that I could not meet him directly in person in Maui as a video conference from Atlanta, Georgia was the only possible way at that time to interact with him. (He had to be with his wife, Christine, who was at that time suffering from Alzheimers.) But I did remember his remarks when he wanted to meet “The Professor from the Philippines” from the group which was yours truly and asked me how I was. It was a very touching moment really because it appeared like a Grandfather was casually asking how I was and how I was doing in the course so far. In fact, I remember during that conversation, he even asked me, “How do you feel now that you are among many Protestants?”. And I immediately answered, “It makes no difference Dr. Haggai, Sir. I have made many friends with them.” We both laughed after my reply. I realized that Dr. Haggai just wanted me to feel relaxed, at home, and at ease since the entire course was going to last a full 25 day period. I take this opportunity once again to thank Dr. Haggai for making it possible for me to open my eyes, heart, and mind about Christianity and the Christian World as a whole. Dr. Haggai also made me understand the spirit and wisdom of Ecumenism and Interfaith Dialogue. Thank you very much Dr. John Edmund Haggai! Rest well in the hands of the Lord!
Luis Carmelo L. Buenaventura, PhD