Sunday, December 31, 2006
Dear Friends and Family,
I hope this letter finds you all well and that you have had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Jen and I are writing to you for your support and prayers for the upcoming year in our lives. As many of you may or may not know we are about to embark on a new journey to Costa Rica and Asia for 6 months starting in January. In Psalms 37:7 it says “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…” This has been in the making since before we were born, on our hearts for several years, and in the planning for about 6 months through prayer. God explains in Matthew 7:7-11 to ask the Lord for new things that He has in store for you. We have felt called to obey God as he has blessed us with gifts and a passion to reach out to the multitude of his children. He says in 1 Peter 4:10 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” After being married for our first year, Jen and I began talking with each other and our families about our future plans. As we searched for answers, neither of us could deny our deep passion to serve people, to spread the gospel and to experience different cultures. We realized that this could be the perfect time and opportunity to try and follow this undeniable calling. In a surprisingly short time, God had flung the door wide open for the two of us to join Youth With A Mission. By joining Youth With A Mission (YWAM) we will be able to serve our brothers and sisters by learning to love each other as we were intended to do since the beginning of time. Providing medical aid, construction, and feeding the hungry are just a few areas in which we will be able to share and “administer” this love. “Blessed are the feet of those who bring good news…” YWAM is a nonprofit-nondenominational Christian ministry that provides these means of reaching regions of the globe that would unlikely hear of the “good news”. “To those to whom it was never proclaimed about Him, will see and those who have never heard will understand” The first step in becoming a part of this organization is to join a Discipleship Training School(DTS) team. The aim of the DTS is to prepare people like us to be messengers of the gospel, build character, and to seek a more intimate relationship with our creator through cross-cultural exposure and global awareness to current and future generations.
Jason and Jen Haynes
Hello everyone! Welp, as you may have heard we are starting our first blog together... Just to explain, "Butt prints" is a poem we love coming from Jeff Whisenant. It goes a little something like this... If you are familiar with "Foot prints in the Sand", when we need help God picks us up and carries us but in "Butt prints in the Sand" God only carries us so far before He puts us down and we end up landing on our butts. Not that He leaves us but we sometimes need to experience hardships to make us stronger, smarter, passionate about His grace, and most importantly trust in Him (a.k.a. FAITH). This is extremely true at this point in our lives. He has turned our lives upside down, we are leaving our comfortable lives here to seek out His greater calling for Jen and I. So sit back relax and enjoy watching our struggle become an amazing adventure... Stay tuned for more!
Posted by Jason and Jennifer Haynes on Sunday, December 31, 2006