Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Joy of Forgiving Wrongdoers




Yet again, the Lord did something wonderful that far surpassed my expectations.  I received a call to come to the prison for Mr. Abdul.  He was the only man who was captured during the attack at our center (mainly our own residence) in 2012.  Prisoners have to compensate for damages, losses, etc., of the people they robbed, murdered, or offended in any way.  The court had already written an amount of several thousand dollars U.S. to cover the cost of things stolen and the damages to our house itself (like the door that was axed open while my family was inside).   Over two years ago, I had already forgiven Abdul in person.  But, in the presence of the prison official and Abdul, I once again forgave him.  The joy of the Lord flooded my soul in that moment.  I almost cried.  Before my eyes, I was witnessing the extraordinary love made available through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.  Abdul didn’t deserve forgiveness this time either.  But, neither did I deserve the privilege of being able to love and forgive Abdul with a love that only God is worthy to experience.  Jesus Christ was preached in that moment.  The Lord was opening the door to set him free in his soul and prepare him for his destiny to preach the gospel.

Several times since last December, I have put in requests to the prison authorities asking them if Abdul could call home.  I even volunteered to pay for the call myself.  The Holy Spirit told me that Abdul hadn’t spoken to his wife in a long time.  When I asked him, he admitted that he hadn’t spoken to her since he’d been sentenced.  She lives in a different province than where he’s been incarcerated.  The same day I forgave Abdul of any requirement to recompense my family for damages, the Lord opened the door for him to place a free call home to talk to his wife.  Our God is great!  Hallelujah!  And matchless in mercy! 

When we surrender our lives and choose to accept Jesus Christ as the only Savior, we receive salvation.  In this salvation, we have an obligation, a joy and a privilege to love our enemies while they are still sinning.  Salvation is not optional for us; neither is our responsibility to demonstrate Christ’s love to others (Matthew 22:37-40).  Remember, the Father’s love was lavished upon you and I when we too were enemies of God because of sins and unbelief (which also is sin, John 3:18) in Jesus Christ.

Pray with us, that we might be so overwhelmed by Christ’s love that we will no longer be blind to the people the Holy Spirit wants to transform.  May God’s love be so radiant through us (and you), that the body of Christ and sinners will awaken to who God is truly calling us to be.  Pray for Abdul, that the Lord Jesus would transform his life and use him to bring many others to Christ.  There’s a great harvest which is ready for those who are willing to harvest in the love that only comes through Jesus Christ!

Love, Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy New Year!!! 2015



Happy New Year!  The Lord has been doing much during this first month of the year.  If you haven't seen our Newsletter, entitled "Celebration of Love",  please click here to view it.

Let us give you an update of some things that have been going on:

DEC 2014              Amerel went through Assumane to hand out shoes and clothing as part of the "Shoe project''.  She enjoyed “walking as Jesus walked”, experiencing His presence while giving, helping the kids and adults, and seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they tried on their shoes.
 
DEC 2014              Since our kids were on school break, Tiffany and I had time to do activities with the kids from the girls' house at our center.  We made cookies, caramel corn, and tie-dyed banners.  

JAN 2015              Due to heavy rains, flooding has destroyed and blocked major roads coming/going into our area, Lichinga is running on a generator to produce limited power (many areas of the city are without power), many people cannot mill maize (their main staple food), and phone networks aren’t working well.  Please pray that the believers will be humble and be filled with His wisdom to be a light on the hill to those around us.  In the midst of natural disasters that impact thousands of people, we know the Lord is working for the good. Romans 8:28, Isaiah 60:1-2.

Used dye, water and salt to make tie-dye banners with heart shapes
 

 JAN 2015              Testimonies

·         In December, the Lord resurrected a little bird and told me it was a sign of Him restoring dreams, ideas, plans, etc. that have been lost, forgotten, and put to the side.  This month, we received a married couple visiting our center from Brazil.  The wife is 77 years old and the husband is turning 80 next month.  The Lord gave them a dream where they saw Mozambique and received love for the people here who they never met.  They finally were able to come to Mozambique this month, fulfilling a dream they had 35 years ago!  They came preaching and ready to serve the Lord.  Our God is awesome!

·         One of the disciples in Assumane prayed for a child who couldn’t speak, and the child began to say, “Daddy.”

·         Amerel had a sore throat.  She prayed, and the Lord took it away.

·        We baptized Chayah Grace on Jan 15.  She said, “Jesus told me it was time for me to be baptized.”  So, she stopped being afraid to go under the water, and also made sure we didn’t delay in baptizing her!

·        We’ve been praying and believing God for greater kingdom impact in the everyday life of the city.  Since then, two cars have hit my motorbike.  One man did it intentionally while I was holding my motorbike.  My motorbike is fine, and so am I.  This is so encouraging!  God is moving and the atmosphere is being impacted.  (No, I don’t like people hitting my motorbike.  But, it does give me opportunities to make sure my heart is right with God and full of love for the people He wants me to touch with the gospel.  And, yes, we prayed for no more accidents!)

In love with Jesus,

Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Yearly Newsletter - "Celebration of Love"



https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2525kXVPtQrX294QmFBSFpTN0U/view?usp=sharing
This has been an amazing year for us here in Mozambique.  In this year's Fruitfulness for a Greater Harvest Newsletter, we focused on celebrating the Love of God and sharing testimonies about His wonderful works.

As always, we are so grateful for those who contend for the Lord's work here through their faithful donations.  Words can not express the magnitude of the impact your giving has made in the work here.  We've also experienced realms of the kingdom that have only been made available through the love and consistency of our faithful prayer partners and many others who pray for us.  Thank you so much!

Please click the link below to read or download a copy of this year's Newsletter. If you have problems viewing all the pages, please contact us and we will email you a copy.


Fruitfulness for a Greater Harvest Newsletter (2014)
  URL:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2525kXVPtQrX294QmFBSFpTN0U/view?usp=sharing

May you have a Merry Christmas and may the Lord release fuller revelations of His kindness and love upon your lives.

Love,  Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Bird Raised to Life




We are sharing this testimony because we believe that it is a sign, a message, from the Lord for more people besides those at our center.  We hope it encourages you and challenges you to believe in the Lord and in the wonderful things He has been planning to do with you.  It's time to dream again!

(Short version)  Last week, while I was outside with one of our guards, a bird dropped dead on our front veranda.  I thought, “Lord, I’d like to see that bird live and fly again.” Meanwhile, our daughter, Amerel, was in the house praying for the Lord to resurrect it.  But it didn't move, not even when the guard picked it up to inspect it.  He put it under a plant on the ground.  The guard and I talked for a while, but the bird still remained lying on its side.  I kept looking at the bird because I had an expectation, not just a desire, that something would happen.  The bird still didn't move, but I kept glancing at it.  Suddenly, the bird sat upright!  I wasn't totally convinced that the bird was o.k.  So, I thought to myself, “Lord, I wanted it to fly again because then I’d know it would be well.”  The bird flew away.

We know this is a prophetic sign from the Lord.  There have been times when people have despised (treated as negligible), not valued, or undervalued the ideas, plans and dreams the Lord has given to them.  Unfortunately, this has caused people to forget, put to the side, and give up the plans the Lord has for them.  Perhaps, we did this because we thought such things were impossible for us, too difficult, we didn’t feel capable, or we felt it wasn’t the right time (situations weren’t favorable), etc.  But, the Lord guarded and cherished the things we dropped, forgot, and put to the side.  They were actually His ideas, plans and dreams!  But, now the Lord is wanting to resurrect those things; even the smallest plans, ideas, and dreams that He's given us.  Maybe they no longer matter to us.  Maybe we've forgotten all about them, or they had become just as unimportant as that nameless, unknown bird.  But such things are still of utmost importance to Him because they are His plans, ideas, and dreams.  They were gifts given to us so we could spend time with Him, and know Him more intimately.  He’s about to resurrect them!  Through them the Father has actually prepared amazing things to do together with you— just you and Him.

Believe and do not allow the opportunity to pass again.  Beloved, God loves you and believes in you!!!

Love,  Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Prison Ministry: Imprisoned But Loved


If you want to meet with Jesus, go to the prison.  He's there.  He is so merciful.  He heals both Christians and Muslims.  He takes away bad dreams of both believers and unbelievers.  He loves all the prisoners.  He allows people like me to minister to these men who are so special to Him.  I know He treasures them because His presence rests so mightily upon the prison.  Whenever I go to the prison, I know that I too will meet with this Lord of love.

During our meeting, the Christian inmates were encouraged to demonstrate Christ's love to the rest of the inmates.  They live there with over 200 others.  They have plenty of time to visit those imprisoned with them and help bring transformation in people's lives.  They can hug others, pray for them, share the gospel, share personal items, listen to people, encourage other inmates, and much more.  During the meeting, the group of believers were released to pray for other inmates who desired prayer.  One inmate came out of his room to give me a special greeting.  It was Abdul, the only man who was caught during the attack at our center in 2012.  He told me that he had pain in his knees.  Since the Lord has a special place in His heart for thieves and murderers (Luke 23:39-43, Luke 23:34), I didn't hesitate to pray.  In a few minutes, he was walking fine without pain.  A word of knowledge revealed the cause of the pain, and how to keep it from reoccurring.  Most importantly, I gave Abdul a hug, reaffirmed my love for him, and reminded him of God's purpose for his life. 

Christmas in the Prison 2014
Every year, Tiffany and I like to give small gifts to all 200+ prisoners and the guards who work there during Christmas day.  This year, we are thinking of giving chocolate bars and cookies or chips, to all of them.  If you'd like to take part by sending a donation, please see the info below.

Donations can be sent by check to:
Church of the Living God
199 Deming Street
Manchester CT 06042
860.648.0520

Please include "TandTHaynes - Prison" in the memo to designate your donation to our ministry.

You can also donate online via our home church's website:  http://www.clgonline.net/missions/missionaries/

Donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of your donation is sent to us.  If possible, please send us an email to let us know about your donation for the prison.  This will help us in preparing things as soon as possible.

Love,
Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

A Salvation Message:  Jesus is the only one who lived and never sinned.  Jesus knows what it's like to be incarcerated and condemned for crimes He didn't commit.  This sinless Savior was falsely judged, and then willingly died for your sins and ours.  This is love.  After 3 days, He rose from the dead forever declaring His victory in being the One who takes away sin, brings us into eternal life and into a right relationship with God.  Jesus is still alive.  He longs for you to be free from your sin and restored back into a loving relationship with God.  If you want to receive Jesus as your Savior, you may, just by surrendering your life to Him and accepting Him as Lord and Savior of your life.  You can receive Jesus right now by talking to Him saying, "Lord Jesus.  I'm sorry for living a life of sin.  Forgive me for not believing in You.  I surrender my life to you.  Jesus, I believe you are the only Savior, the Son of God.  Thank you for dying for my sins.  I love you.  Jesus, I will worship you alone, and will not worship any other.  Thank you for saving me.  Please, fill me with your Holy Spirit so that I may live for you, and tell others about your love!"

If you prayed this prayer today, you are forgiven of all your sins and are now a son/daughter of God.  The Holy Spirit of God dwells inside of you.  To continue to grow in your knowledge and love for God, please find a church that worships Jesus Christ, teaches the truth of God's Word (the Bible) and moves in the power and love of the Holy Spirit.  May the Lord continue to move upon your life with love and power, and help you live according to His Word each day.

We are so excited for you!  Love and blessings!