In his book Good to Great, author Jim Collins said that great companies are those that “confront the brutal facts.”
Well, the brutal facts are that 2.1 billion people have not heard the Gospel. It is my conviction that Gospel poverty, where people are deprived of the chance to hear about Jesus, is one of the greatest injustices in the world today.
As a 21-year-old, I stood face-to-face with a woman and her three children in a village outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia, and heard her utter a series of words that were translated to me as, “I have never heard of this man you speak of named Jesus.”
After sharing the Gospel with her, I went back to the home that I was staying in. I was a college student, and God broke my heart for this woman and her family. I told the Lord that I would do whatever it took to get the Gospel to the ends of the earth so that women like Chanlina in Cambodia would have the opportunity to hear the Good News.
Eighteen years later, by God’s grace, I am privileged to be serving this very mission through the ministry of Haggai International. I am convinced that this organization has a globally sustainable model to end Gospel poverty. That’s why in this publication, we want to begin a new, regular column called THE THREE. Every magazine issue, it will define three distinctive factors about Haggai that are unique to global missions.
Our leaders cover most of the world.
The 117,000+ Haggai leaders live or work in 189 nations containing 95 percent of the world’s population. Most of the countries not represented are in the West and are already well served with Christian churches.
Our leaders don’t need visas.
Visa access is a major limitation for Western missions. But Haggai leaders are citizens of the countries they operate in or have existing work visas.
Our leaders have unique credibility.
Haggai leaders bring the Gospel to people only they can reach. They aren’t perceived as foreigners and have no hidden agendas. They are reliable, trusted, respected, and listened to in their local communities.
Will you join me as we pray that the brutal facts of Gospel poverty will be met with more inspired and equipped leaders being multiplied in places like Cambodia and all over the globe?
Let’s join together to do whatever it takes.
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