Saturday, November 15, 2014

Compassion Project - House of Love

The Xavier family is overjoyed and send their love and thanks.  They were touched by the people, who don't know them, but contributed financially to help them fulfill part of their dream. We know that this house in the village will serve greater purposes than what they or we can imagine.  

For information on this village compassion project, please click on the following link: Compassion Project.  You'll be taken to our blog where you can see photos and receive additional information on the latest work completed.

Thank you for helping the Xavier family launch out into their destiny full of love and faith.  Thank you for partnering with us to bring the love and work of Jesus Christ into a local community setting and into the everyday lives of children and others.


Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Older Blog - Returning Back Home to Mozambique

We thought we posted this blog in the beginning of September.  In the case it didn't get sent, we are posting it now.  It is about Returning home to Mozambique after visiting the U.S.

This summer was the first time we were at the U.S. as a family since 2010.  In some ways, being there was like a dream come true.  The Lord lavished us with His goodness in practical ways.  Friends and Family smothered us with love.  We were given a free stay at a resort in Maryland; saw friends and family we hadn't seen in a long time (a few for 20+ years); went to the Haynes Family Reunion in D.C.; had fun until we were too tired to have fun; saw Moses at the Sights and Sounds Theater; ate meat and more meat; we were ministered to by the saints; we ministered to people and at church services also; went to zoos and museums; kids and my wife fished for the first time with Papa and Grandma (Tyren's parents), Tiffany got to eat funnel cake,  and so much more!!

Our kids loved the variety of good, eating Papa's meat every morning, having grandma cook for them (and do their chores), playing with friends in M.D., and being at their cousin's house in N.J.  The seemingly endless supply of meat and cheese was one of their delights.  But through the summer, they would make comments concerning how they missed being in Mozambique.

It's impossible for us to take a vacation from the love of our life, Jesus.  So of course, the Lord met with us in life changing ways individual and as a family.  We even went through trials that purified our faith that we might glorify our Lord Jesus even more (1 Peter 1:7).  Somehow, the Lord used the comforts and conveniences all around us to increase our love for Him.

We visited the memorial in D.C. with some of our college friends.

Our kids enjoyed the Virgina Living Museum with its many live animals.
Everyone caught a fish.  Here's Isaiah with a bluegill (I think)
One of the many signs the girls at our center made to welcome us.
 When we went to church in a local village here in Mozambique our little Berasia used the pit toiled (literally a hole in the dirt) surround by a wall of grass.  She said,"Mommy there's no toilet in here to flush.  Mommy, there's no sink in this bathroom".  Just 2 1/2 months, and she forgot the "normal" things here!  Well, we'll see how much she remembers on her next visit, whenever that may be.

We thank all of you who prayed and donated financially (even many people whom we've never met) to make this trip to the U.S. possible.

Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

See "IN" the Poor

What do we see when we see the poor?  Do we see poverty, or do we see the real individual hidden inside? Can we see "IN" the poor?

A little, dirty boy dressed in rags waited outside the bakery while I bought two bread rolls for him.  As I walked out the door, another foreigner walked out ahead of me with his friend.  The man looked at the boy, grumbled some words, and then threw some coins on the ground around the boy.  The little boy hurried to fetch the coins as they rolled around him.

Without thinking, I spoke to the man, who was much bigger than myself.  "You should give it to him in his hands," I said.  The man turned around toward me, slurred out swears and said, "...He should be happy... I gave him this...!"  I stared at him and responded, "If you give it to him in his hand, you will treat him like who he really is - a boy.  Then, you can help him see who he really is.  How do you expect him to change if you treat him like this?"

The words penetrated the man's heart.  He looked touched, even heartbroken.  He turned away and left without saying anything.  I was amazed.  I thought the boy was in poverty, but I saw the man was poorer.  He was disguised as well-off, but still bound by a form of poverty.  What do we see when we see the poor?  Do we see past the darkness, the evil of poverty, to see the true form of the individual trapped inside.  Is it just a dirty boy?  Is it really an uncaring adult?  The Holy Spirit in His wisdom gave me words to open this man's eyes and help him see who he truly is.  This man had a heart for that poor little boy in rags, but didn't know how to deal with the situation.

I think I need to rephrase my question and ask, not what do we see, but simply, "Do we see?"  In poverty there's a hidden treasure.  The wise will break up the fallow ground and harvest it.

Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, and for lack of justice there is waste.
Proverbs 13:23 (NKJV) 

The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.  Proverbs 29:13 (NKJV)

Much love,

Tyren and Tiffany Haynes

Friday, October 10, 2014

Greater Still Conference - Final Update and Photos

Pastor Tanueque and his wife.  Tyren in center.

In each district we traveled to, I was touched by people’s simplicity of devotion to Christ.  Some things are so much different than what I grew up experiencing in the U.S.  Let me give you some examples.  At the conference locations men, women, children and screaming babies all slept on the hard, cement and dirt church floors during the night.  Some had nothing much to cover themselves with.  There were no mosquito nets.  During the day it was hot.  There was no need to worry about showers during the 2 night stays in the districts – there weren’t any.  In one place, the toilet was literally grass under big trees (there were tiny, beautiful, purple flowers to stare at though).  There were no menus, no food choices, no fancy drinks.  People ate what they were served, and didn’t know what food they would have until served.  Some had to wait until others finished eating because there weren’t enough plates.  There was no air conditioning, sound systems, or cushioned chairs.  If there weren’t enough wood benches, people just sat in the dirt and listened to the word of God.  In little known places around the world like these, there are people who value the Word and who still believe Jesus is worth it all!  Jesus was glorified.  In this environment, the Lord satisfied their spiritual hunger by pouring out Himself.  The Holy Spirit testified with signs, healings, prophetic words, impartations and demonstrations of power. Testimonies continued to come forth.

A true sign:  After receiving a prophetic word about renewed strength
and new beginnings, Pastor Tanueque later was given a new motorbike.

A week before the conference was due to end, I felt the Lord telling me that my work would be done and I’d be able to go home early.  So, I asked Pastor Tanueque’s permission to go home earlier if my work was completed earlier than planned.  He said, “I’ll let you know.”   I believed God, and prepared to leave early.  Then, I just waited and waited.  Tuesday, Pastor Tanueque gave me the o.k.  Wednesday, I rushed to change my flight.  Thursday morning, I was on my way back to Lichinga to surprise Tiffany!  She had no idea I was coming 2 days early!  I called her once the plane landed in Lichinga.

Thank you so much for praying and believing.  It was a privilege to serve Iris Nampula and walk with them into the new things the Lord is opening to the churches. 

Love, Tyren
I spent a day teaching one of Pastor Tanueque's daughters to make some new things:  banana cake and cookies.
Iris Nampula's old truck that we used to travel around to the districts.
Inside one of the district churches.
Pastor Tanueque meeting with pastors and leaders in one of the districts.  Church building is in the background.