|I heard the Lord
say, "I want you to be an ambassador for My Kingdom.
Haglund is an SPO Mission Leader, serving with Saint
Paul's Outreach (SPO) since 2011. Here is a brief summary of his personal
testimony and how he got involved with SPO.
My name is
Brandt Haglund and I'm a work in progress. When I went to university my
two aims were: I wanted to be successful and I wanted to have a lot of
fun doing it. My goal was to be an ambassador to a foreign country. But
I soon found myself immersed in the college party culture. Everybody on
a college campus wants to be happy, but actually there is not a lot of
happiness there. There's a lot of pain, a lot of hurt, and brokenness.
From the outside it looked like I had everything really going for me. I
was getting good grades, I had this great intership. On the outside I had
a lot of friends - a ton of friends on facebook. But on the inside I felt
like I didn't have friends. On the inside I was empty.
I met a guy
who seemed like a pretty cool guy. He invited me to come to a party to
hang out with a bunch of his friends. Little did I know, this wasn't your
typical college party. It was a group of men and women from St.
Paul's Outreach (SPO) hanging out together. It was one of the first
times in my life where I encountered a group of Christians who were actually
acting like what their faith talks about. After this encouter I came to
the point where I cried out, "God, hey you, listen up. God, if there is
a God, what do you want me to do, because I've tried doing this my way
- it doesn't seem to be working. So I'm going to give you one chance! So,
don't mess up."
One of my roomates
was trying to encourage me to go on an SPO Fan into Flame retreat.
He said that retreat would change my life and would provide a framework
where I actually would have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. I realized
that if God is real - if God exists - I would be able to align my life
with the will of God.
began to change me from that point on...
When it was
time to graduate, I thought it would ultimately be great to be an ambassador
in a foreign country - I would have loved to have some sort of job like
that. But instead of me saying, "God, this is what I want to do, you bless
it." I really tried to say, "Here's my life, Lord. How can I serve you.
What can I do for your kingdom How can I help build your kingdom here on
And I really
sensed the Lord saying, "I want you to be an ambassador." And then I started
thinking, "Yeah, that's what I want to be too. I want to be an ambassador.
What do you want me to do with my life?" But then at the end, I heard the
Lord say, "I want you to be an ambassador for My Kingdom. I figured
that one of the best places I could be an ambassador for Christ was on
one of the university campuses.
"There is no greater love than to lay down your life for a friend." SPO
doesn't even ask that you die. SPO asked if I would give two years of my
life to be a missionary. I figured that's a pretty good deal right there.
I am grateful
to God and to SPO for helping me to become the man I am today. Not only
have I grown in my relationship with Jesus Christ and love for my Church,
but as a missionary I have the best job in the world.