We sat down with Marshall and Jane Butler, long-time partners with Haggai International, to discuss how Jesus shaped their life, their motivation for generosity, and more.
Long-term partners Marshall and Jane Butler
Haggai International: What is your faith background?
Jane: We have both been blessed by having godly parents, who were very active in church. We followed and were actively involved in the life of our church, too. The churches were the center of activities in our small town and for us.
My father wanted me to follow Christian principles, as I served the Lord. He wanted me to treat all people the same, showing respect, love, and care for each one. I remember him, and I am thankful he made me think of others and what I can do for them by sharing the Gospel.
HI: How has following Jesus shaped your life?
Marshall: Following Jesus has been a blessing for us. Over the years our faith in and knowledge of God has deepened. Because of the Holy Spirit, I listen more closely to what God is telling me. We are actively sharing the message with others.
As a Christian, I wanted our associates to know our business operated on Christian principles. We give daily devotionals to each associate. We know lives are and will be changed. We want them to know Jesus!
HI: What motivates you when you think about giving to something like Haggai or to your church?
M: As you mature, you understand just how urgently Christianity is needed around the world. I know we can make a difference in many lives by giving!
HI: Why is the mission of Haggai International to end Gospel poverty so important to you?
M: Because sharing the message all over the world is what Jesus would have us do. The most important decision anybody will ever make is whether or not to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. Before He ascended to Heaven, He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
HI: What do you pray for?
J: We pray for Haggai leaders, as they work to change lives and end Gospel poverty. We pray for their safety, and we pray for their families. We pray for peace in the countries where they are serving.
We pray for the people of Ukraine and countries all over the world, who are seeking peace and freedom. We especially pray for the children and families who are in dangerous places. We also pray for protection over our children, grandchildren, and children all over the world. We pray for hope and peace.
HI: What is one thing that you want your children, your grandchildren, to remember about you?
J: Our faith in Christ is how I want them to remember Marshall and me. We taught our four children that church was a priority, and Christian values were most important. We expected them to be respectful, show love, and be generous to others. Now they are teaching our 12 grandchildren Christian values and all attend church. What a blessing for us!
HI: If someone was new to Haggai International and thinking about giving, what would you tell them is the best reason to support this ministry?
M: We believe that giving to Haggai is the best way to spread the Gospel of Jesus around the world. I don’t think anything comes close to doing what Haggai is doing. It is fair to say this ministry has saved thousands upon thousands of people during its 53 years. We are motivated to give to Christian organizations because all we have is “a gift from God.”