I first encountered Dr. Haggai in 1957 through the numerous unique and public promotions of his Bible conferences that were held at the 9th and O Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. For a variety of reasons I was prevented from attending his large and popular conferences. I believe at that time he was a Southern Baptist Pastor with a large following and I was not of that persuasion. After he was called into World Evangelization mission work I lost track of him but I never forgot his wonderful reputation as a great teacher of the Gospel , and superb communicator. I had hoped that someday our paths would cross again and i could hear him preach. Many years later after establishing a business in the health care field and becoming a follower of Jesus Christ, my wife and I traveled to the Training Center in Hawaii to learn more about the work of the international ministry . I had no idea at the time that the founder of the Christian Center was the same John Haggai from Kentucky. Skip ahead a number of years and I had retired from my business interests and joined the church staff in Atlanta , GA .
. I was serving as the Pastor of Stewardship and learned that a certain Dr. John Haggai had given our church it’s church motto… “attempt something so great for God that it is doomed to failure less God be in it”… (It couldn’t be , could it?) It was a splendid gift to our church and during the past 42 years we have followed this wisdom. During our churches capital campaign my day finally came because our Stewardship Sunday was Dr. Haggai, our guest speaker, and he preached to a packed house giving me the opportunity to hear the message not once but two times. Later that month I had the pleasure of having a private lunch during which we got caught up on the past 53 years of the international ministry that was the Haggai Institute. We became Haggai Institute supporters. In the years that have followed he has always been generous to me with his time and godly counsel. i will never forget Dr. John Haggai and the Christ he followed and shared around the globe. Thanks for this opportunity to share my memories with you.