Thursday, September 11, 2014

Greater Still Conference: Nampula 2014

DATES:  Sept 18 - Oct 4       LOCATION:  Nampula, Mozambique

God gives us faith to obtain His promises - great promises that He longs to perform.  At the Greater Still Conference in Nampula, Mozambique, we believe the Lord is going to ignite pastors' hearts with love and faith, equipping them to choose to boldly respond to the greater call of God with which He is summoning them.

September 19-21:  3 days of teaching, preaching, and ministry at Pastor Tanueque's church in the city of Nampula.  Then for about 1 1/2 weeks, Sept. 23 - Oct 3, I'll travel to a few of the districts around Nampula holding meetings and sleeping in a tent at night.  The meetings in each district will last 2-3 days.  I'll hold at least 2 teaching sessions a day for the first two days, reserving time for Pastor Tanueque to meet with his Iris pastors and leaders the third day.  Thus far, the Lord has been directing me to teach on love, and faith to pursue the promises of God and fulfill the call of God on one's life.

If you have a heart to help out financially, you can send donations promptly to the address highlighted below.
Purchasing Bibles:  One of the things I'd love to do is purchase Bibles ($6 each) for the pastors in need of one in their local Makua dialect or in Portuguese.
Conference Costs:  Help out with the costs of holding the conference including Tyren's travel costs, food, fuel for the truck to carry supplies and a small ministry team.
Donations can be sent to:   Church of the Living God
                                             199 Deming St.
                                             Manchester, CT 06042
Prayer:  My wife and kids have already been praying and interceding for the Greater Still Conference, and are receiving words of knowledge concerning the conference and the pastors who will attend.  We know the Lord will release a powerful anointing to help the pastors abide in His will and carry Christ's testimony in their lives.  As the Holy Spirit directs you to pray, please remember the following:
  • Conference attendants would come with open hearts ready for Christ's fresh revelation
  • Pastors would abandon themselves solely for love for Jesus Christ and His ways
  • Unity between everyone involved
  • Fresh fire upon the meetings
  • Signs, wonders, healings, impartations, salvations, outpourings of love
  • Safety during travel, health, strength, ample food and supplies for the trip
  • Grace upon Tyren as he ministers several times a day during the meetings

We thank you so much for your prayers and support as we serve Iris churches and others in Nampula, and help strengthen pastors to respond to the call of God on their lives and community.

Love,  Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Tiffany and Tyren Haynes are missionaries serving with Iris Global in Mozambique and beyond.  They are members of Church of the Living God in Manchester, CT (U.S.A).  They have four children.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Were Back in the U.S.

The Haynes family is back in the U.S.-enjoying all the new things and "strangeness" brought by changes in once familiar U.S. life.  We are doing well, especially the two youngest, who really haven't been exposed to this "standard" of living.  Here are a few photos and comments.

Carpets:  Little Berasia spent the first few days giggling, rolling over on the carpets and letting her head "plop" on the floor.  We have cement floors in Lichinga, so rolling around like this is not an option.  She definitely didn't want any socks on her feet...that would take away the sensation of her toes running through the carpet.
Internet:  Unlimited!  Yes!
Roads:  2 weeks, and our shoes are still the same color!  No mud, or reddish clay dirt! 
Food:  There's way too much, but good!
Water:  There's instant hot water from the tap!  No, heating up water on the stove every night!

Dreams and "Faith" Builders:  The kids have their eyes opened to a whole new realm of making dreams reality.  Grandma and Papa (especially) remind the kids of the toys and "stuff" that's out there-and then, as grandparents do, they bring it within hands' reach.
One of the new things that Papa brought...Berasia's and Chayah's first wagon (it's fold-able).

Grand-kids and cousin Jonathan at Grandma's 60th birthday party.

 Friends!!!  We have the joy of seeing and connecting with many of our friends here.

Meeting with old friends...the Creightons who were in CT from FL.

Ministering at Church
Tiffany ministering at Shiloh Christian in Middletown, CT.
We both shared the message with the church concerning faith.

Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Monday, May 12, 2014

Pursuing Love - Part 2

What does pursuing love look like for our center's guards?  For our center's guards (watchmen), this can look like many things including praying, organizing things well, giving them good flashlights, prophesying over one another, and more.  Basically, it involves knowing God's heart and letting Him do what He wants in the lives of these men.  Recently, we chose to let His love overflow onto the watchmen and their families in the following two ways:

Restaurant Outing - Men and their Wives
All of the guards were given the privilege to take their wives to a restaurant in town to just spend time together and the center would foot the bill.  It was a challenge for some of the wives to agree to go.  It was an absolute first-time experience for most.  Here in Lichinga, going out to eat isn't normal for most people simply because of the cost.  There were many stories from the guards about this outing, but here's one of them:  One wife (married for over 15 years), who had never been to a restaurant, absolutely refused to go.  She thought it was a waste of money to spend on two people, it wasn't right to eat special food and not share it with her kids, and she didn't like the idea of eating in a public environment in front of people she didn't know.  She ended up going, loving it, and now wants her husband to take her back.  Of course, he'll have to foot the bill next time!

Feast - Commemoration of Love
Click on the video below to see a short clip of our watchmen having fun dancing at an appreciation lunch just for them, American style, at our center in April.  They didn't have to cook; they just had to show up and feast!  Also there are a few additional photos below.

Pounds and pounds of meats, soda, juice, and savory dishes.
We also had homemade cake and cookies for dessert.

Guys filling up their plates for the first go around.
Some went back for seconds and thirds.
Watchmen and others enjoying the food!

Dancing, dancing and more dancing.

Toward the end one watchman, Fernando, was so touched by God's love that
he shared and had everyone do a prophetic act
demonstrating their love for one another.
God's love is so simple.  I often think, if we would just be willing to love Him and obey His voice (John 14:15), true ministry would occur in ways we've never imagined. 


Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Pursuing Love - Part 1

    Pursuing love requires that one knows what love is...

    These two little boys were hungry.  So they tried to pick up dried minnows that had fallen onto the dirty ground from the fish stand.  The man at the fish stand made them drop the minnows because they belonged to him.  The kids walked away quickly and I thought, "Oh well.  I do have to hurry up and get back to the base (center)."  But, inside I knew that these were two I needed to "stop" for.  I caught up to them, and told them to follow me (a stranger).  They followed without hesitation.  I bought some fried dough balls for them.  They didn't even say thank you.  But, this wasn't done for a thank you.  It was about giving them what the Lord gave to me for them - love.

    Milcas insisted on seeing the photo I took of him.  Then, I realized why.  Surely enough, when I asked him, he told me that he hadn't seen what he looked like in a long time.  I showed him the photo on my phone.  Milcas just laughed.  Imagine not looking in the mirror or seeing what you looked like for days or even weeks.

    I don't have to chase after this man any more.  I still don't know his name.  The Holy Spirit touches him though.  Jesus loves him and he knows it.  May God heal his wounds, heart and mind, and restore his life from (what I've been told) smoking local drugs.

    Treasure hidden in the open is sometimes the hardest to spot.  These are photos of treasure.  They are right in front of our eyes...on the sidelines, outside of the normal shopping schedule, in the margins of the "have too much to do" schedule, and the "I don't want to be late schedule."  We know they are treasures because they are important to Jesus.  As we carry the Father's heart, they also become valuable in our own eyes.  People who are loved by Christ always have a high value.  Loving our neighbor just to love them with Christ's love (no hidden agenda) is what ministry is really about.  We "stop" for the One, God.  He gives us a heart for the treasures He longs for us to encounter.  We are seeing that as we truly serve others effectively, in the process a greater ministry is happening first - we are actually being loved by our Father.  We, too, are His treasures!

    God's love is our timing,

    Tyren and Tiffany Haynes