Sunday, August 30, 2015

Reclaiming Our Success in Apparent Failure

The new pig is growing very fast
My wife likes meat, so I bought her an 8 kg (~ 17 lb.) baby pig.  The plan was for Porky, the name she gave him, to grow big in a few months.  Then, my wife would have a lot of meat for a cheap price.  But Porky died in less than 2 weeks.  At first it seemed like a waste of money, a bad idea, and something not worth doing again.  Quite frankly, I briefly thought that I had moved out of excitement instead of the will of God.

But, the Lord gave my wife the word, “firstfruits”.  In the midst of apparent failure and loss, the Lord spoke His perspective of the issue.  What we thought was loss because of our perspective, was actually gain.  Porky was the firstfruits.  Firstfruits is something that reaches maturity, fruitfulness, and can be harvested (and thus put to its intended use).  Firstfruits is a sign, or evidence, of a greater harvest!  No longer could we treat, consider, or even think that the situation was a waste of money and something not worth doing again.  So, I encouraged myself, and bought a second pig (a female) as a gift for my wife.  Tiffany also called her new gift Porky.  This Porky has been growing well!

The Holy Spirit has been speaking to us a lot this year about believing in His Word (the Scriptures) and the words He speaks to us, and not accepting apparent failure.  God's understanding is infinite.  He can not lie.  He is STILL working ALL things together for our good (Romans 8:28).  Why don’t we believe Him?

Recently, when it appeared that no one would be able to come to our Call for Destiny conference at our center, we chose to believe God.  It would have been very easy, perhaps quite reasonable, to abort the dream of God.  But a dream was birthed, and people were touched and changed, including our center.  God is speaking over our lives, situations, and conditions.  He is giving value to valueless situations.  If we hear what He is saying, we’ll be able to believe Him and work out His possibilities using the impossible (do the impossible with the impossible).  What are we doing with apparent failures?  Are we saying what's humanly obvious, or are we willing to see what God sees?  Hear, and say what He says?  Abraham knew about this very well.

Here's a little reminder of things we posted earlier this might as well keep dreaming the dreams of God, because God hasn't changed His mind about you and Him.

Beloved, believe because God believes in you.  

Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Returning From Maputo and Summer Time

Traveling to Maputo was a gift, especially for our kids.  Once arriving there, we knew the Lord had planned special things for us.  His presence rested upon us in a very special way.  We fellowshipped with other Iris missionaries and visitors, and were treated so kindly with love and surprises.  The variety of food was amazing, and we were treated to dishes that had meat!  Spiritually, we felt that we were ushered into a new place, and God did things in our hearts that are still unfolding now.  Literally, during this trip, the level in which we operate in ministry and how we do ministry has changed for the good.

School Vacation
Our kids are on school vacation and will start again in late August.  Amerel, Isaiah, Chayah, and Berasia will be going into 10th, 8th, 2nd, and K.  (When we first came to Mozambique we only had 2 kids-weren’t dreaming/planning on more-and they were 6 and 3 years old.)  We just received all of their books (curriculum for 4 grades) which we sent via FedEx here to Lichinga from the U.S.  The kids are enjoying their time off, though we still have them studying Portuguese.

Thank You
We thank all of you who have invested into our lives and ministry through your financial donations. You’ve made so much possible through our ministry in our local community and other nations.  People send donations that also help us personally in vital areas such as fixing our vehicles we use for ministry, buying 2nd hand (3rd, 4th...hand) clothes from the market, providing food for our own family, paying the yearly resident fee to stay in Mozambique as missionaries, buying/shipping school books to educate our kids, and so much more!  We are so thankful for your love, your sacrifices, and the measure to which you partner with us to pursue the heart of God for Mozambique.  We pray for you, praise God for you, and pray for both spiritual and physical increase for your own lives because of what you’ve sown.

There are so many awesome things going on here!  Soon, we’ll write a few short blogs to share testimonies of what God has been doing.  Our Jesus is always worth pursuing at all and every cost!

My wife likes meat, so I bought her a gift that's very fresh - her very own baby pig!  It was "dirt" cheap.  Someone else is taking care of the little brown guy for us.  In several months, it'll be huge and will have fulfilled its days, then...dinner time!

Tiffany made pretzel rolls.  Ahhh, beautiful, warm and yummy!  This is one of the blessings of having a creative wife in a place where you can't buy such things at all.

Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Photos: In Maputo

We are currently in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, renewing a passport and completing Mozambican documents that can only be processed in the capital.  We started processing them in Lichinga, but over 8 months later nothing was completed.  We flew to Maputo on Tuesday, well over $2000 USD later, to find out that each time documents were sent from Lichinga, they were lost or sent incorrectly, and no one ever told us.  Testimony:  Months ago, we prayed and waited to see if the Lord would send funds to purchase plane tickets for this trip.  Then we received an email from someone who just felt that God wanted to do something with our family.  That family sent a donation that paid for most of the cost of plane tickets without knowing anything about our trip.  We thank God for them listening to the voice of God and simply doing what He put on their hearts.  Then, I felt the Lord telling me to wait before purchasing tickets.  Just waiting a few days saved us about $400.  We thank God for His love and willingness to speak (His voice) to His kids!

Some South Africans invited us to a braai (South African version of a BBQ with "real" red meat-no chicken allowed).  Because we had already seasoned some chicken breasts for our dinner, we were allowed to grill them!  Next time, we'll know better and not bring "vegetables" to the braai.  South Africans will understand what we mean! :)

2 other visitors to Iris Zimpeto made this challah bread.  It was braided in 5 strands.

Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, has a store "comparable" to WalMart.
Prices are much more expensive, but the store is huge and has so many varieties of items.
We bought 2 lbs of sausage, at 1/4 the price of sausage in Lichinga.  I think we'll have to eat meat
almost every day while we are here. :)

Eating ice cream with a special treat-Oreos!  Yes, Maputo has things that are rarities in Lichinga.

At the end of May, before we came to Maputo, Tiffany preached at the 
Women's Celebration at a Nigerian church in Lichinga.

Love,  Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Friday, May 22, 2015

Photos: Recent Happenings

Wild flowers and grasses from the field around our center that I picked for Mother's Day.

Isaiah using a jigsaw to cut wood for a homeschool shelf.

 Guacamole, bread, salad, homemade fried noodles, and homemade yogurt dressing.
Tiffany makes up meals so we don't have to eat the same things.

Jamaican coco bread fresh from the oven.

And stuffed with fillings.
A lot of people in our family "love" food!

At Youth Group's Crazy Hair Night.  Both our kids won prizes.
Amerel wore dyed spaghetti glued to a shower cap, dyed cotton balls as meat balls, and, of course, a pot for a hat.  Isaiah had long grass from the field glued to material and tied around his head.

 Our new white water drain isn't draining in this part of our yard.  My friend, White, volunteered to clean out the rocks and water for me. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Now, we have about 40 feet of plastic tubing (wrapping around our shed)
to allow the water to drain onto the top of the grass.  According to White, there will be no foul smell (hmmm...we'll see).  I plan to plant beautiful flowers in the water drain-off to have a low-maintenance flower garden even in the dry season.  We'll see how it all works. 

Love and Blessings,

Tyren and Tiffany

Thursday, May 7, 2015

His Love Makes Us Brave

The Lord gave me one primary focus for our center’s watchmen (guards) - to be laid down lovers.  Originally, I thought such things as excellence in work ethic, coming to work on time, and faithfulness were better focuses.  But, of course, Jesus is always right.  Love is the foundation and substance of everything else that is needed in this vital ministry area.  God’s love makes us brave, taking us beyond our comfort zones and into His own possibilities.  As we fall more in love with Christ, cultural and traditional hindrances are removed, barriers are broken down, breaches are repaired, and God’s promises become more attainable.  Let me share a few of the testimonies of love’s impact in our watchmen ministry at our center.

Photo of some of our watchmen who are deciding to be "brave"!
Our watchmen represent 3 different tribes, 4 local languages and different churches.  Yet, they supervise one another, teach one another, visit one another's homes, and support one another.  They are learning to practice submission to one another (Ephesians 5:21).

Our watchmen also do activities to take Christ’s love home.  One day, they had to write down 3 areas in their lives which they needed to personally improve on in order to love their wives more.  Each of them had to share it with their wives so that their wives could keep their husbands accountable.

Earlier this year, they decided on their own to have a day of fasting and prayer for our center.  No food, no water.  They met together early in the morning until late afternoon. 

Our night watchmen have recently decided, by their own initiative, to have early-morning prayer together on some days during the week.  Their reason: they wanted to focus on the Lord and worship together.

Some of our watchmen go to churches that don’t talk about speaking in tongues, nor do they teach it.  Recently, all of our guards (except one that was away), received this gift.  Now, they are stirred to believe God to experience more of their inheritance in Christ.

There are many other testimonies of them growing more intimately with Christ, using spiritual gifts like prophecy for the first time in their lives, having special encounters with Christ, and experiencing transformation in their homes.  We thank God for allowing His fire to fall upon our watchmen to prepare their hearts to experience more of Him!

Of course, our watchmen ministry is still growing in Christ-likeness.  But, we have people who work hard to arrive on time, are learning to work with excellence, and are faithful to God.  All of the things that I desired in our watchmen ministry, the Lord made happen in a way that I could have never dreamed of.  Honestly, His way was easier and more fun!  His love makes us so brave, that we are willing to do whatever He wants.  Jesus is worth any cost.  Now, it's your time!  Be loved by Christ, until you are brave enough to do whatever He requires of you!

Love,  Tyren and Tiffany Haynes