Retirement has not slowed down this Haggai leader and best-selling author. In fact, Mary “Malu” Tiongson-Ortiz spends more time working now than she did as an interior designer in the Philippines. Her equipping through the Haggai Leader Experience (HLE) emboldened her to pursue hope through pain.
“Like the apostle Paul, I do not get disheartened by the challenges I face in my marriage, finances, or persecutions. In fact, I am more eager to share Jesus, especially during this time of the pandemic when many people are in dire need of Jesus. And I give all praise and glory to Him!”
She explains that during the height of the pandemic, she “learned to keep up with technology and began to host live webcasts with the intention of sharing the Gospel in every episode.”
“Last March, God gave me a vision to one: start a webcast called WAIS TOK (Wise Talk) under Haggai Forerunners; and two: facilitate the course ‘Writing Skills and Communicating Effectively in Evangelism.’ The first webcast started in May 2021, and we have had more than 100 episodes. Our mission is to give hope, encouragement, and inspiration through the Word of God during these unprecedented times and to share the Gospel, as well as appeal for a verdict at the end of every episode. These episodes are viewed live on Facebook and YouTube and recorded so they can be watched anytime.”
WAIS TOK (Wise Talk) webcast was started in May 2021 and has more than 100.
Just a few years earlier, in 2018, God inspired her to start the Praying Wife Forum, which is aimed at wives who are either hurting in their marriages or want to learn to be the wife God called them to be.
“We advocate restoration of hearts, lives, marriages, families, and communities through the Word of God. I co-host a segment called Tita Tea Talk and sometimes I share my own personal experience as a wife who has been separated for more than 15 years. I have been waiting on the Lord to transform my husband and me and restore our marriage in His perfect time. I have been given opportunities to counsel women and share the Gospel with them. I realized that there’s plenty of harvest in this ministry and these women are ripe to receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Our webcast can be watched on the Praying Wife Forum Facebook page and on YouTube.”
The Praying Wife Forum focusses on marriages and women who want to be the wife God called them to be.
Not one to let the grass grow under her feet, Malu also acts as a radio co-host for The God is Able ministry, which reaches out to people affected with disabilities through the radio. This ministry works with Joni & Friends to bless people with wheelchairs.
Malu is a co-host for the God is Able ministry, which uses radio to reach people who are affected with disabilities.
“We lead people with disabilities to Jesus through the gift of mobility. We partner with churches and distribute these wheelchairs through them, using it as a tool to lead people affected by disabilities to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.”
Malu has personal experience with disabilities, as her daughter Clarissa was born with Down syndrome.
Malu pictured with her daughter, Clarissa, who was born with Down syndrome.
“God has also been using the book I wrote, ‘Embracing God’s Purpose for My Child with Special Needs.’ Through this book, I have been invited to speak in various organizations, schools, and churches, where I have the opportunity to share the Good News. Glory to God! Overall, I’m amazed how God has used my failures, brokenness, and even the God-given talents so as to help end Gospel poverty.”