Thursday, October 18, 2012

Update on the Haynes Kids

(This blog was supposed to have been posted last week, Wednesday October 10, but I just noticed that it never posted.  It's now a week late!)

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials..." James 1:2

Many people have been wondering how my kids are doing since the armed robbery attack we experienced on the night of September 25.  Read the following paragraphs to find out:

The night of the robbery, Isaiah woke up rubbing his eyes and walked out of his room not knowing what was going on.  I called to him from the corner of the kitchen (where the men had told us to stay) and
told him to come sit with me.  He had no clue what was going on.  I quietly pulled him to myself and told him that some thieves had broken in and we just needed to stay out of their way.  He told me later that
his initial thoughts were of anger at the men.  He was angry that they were taking all of our things and that they had broken into our home.  In the days and weeks following, we've had some good family talks
about how we've been feeling and I'm very proud of the way my kids have been handling themselves.  They've been very honest about their feelings and have been depending on God to help them deal with
them.  Isaiah has recovered much more quickly than we expected he would.  God is good and He is faithful! 
We had been planning for some months now to be in Pemba, Mozambique, this week to attend a friend's wedding coming up this Saturday (October 13).  But in light of what's happened here, we felt that it
would be wrong to leave everyone else here at this time while some are still trying to find peace and get rid of fear.  So we've cancelled our plans and are no longer taking off a week to spend in Pemba, where
the kids were looking forward to spending time at the beach and taking a short break off of school.  After quickly getting over his original disappointment, Isaiah pipes up and says, "Then, can we go to the lake
instead?"  The lake is about 1 1/2 hours away from Lichinga and the kids have been begging us to go there for months now.  When I asked him one day how he's been feeling since the break-in, Isaiah
responded with a smile, "Back to how I normally feel...thinking about my birthday Legos!"  Grandma promised she'd send him some new Lego kits in the mail for his birthday.  Last week, the Lord put a new
song in his heart to play on his guitar.  It speaks about how much he loves Jesus and declares that because Jesus is here, we can live happy, holy and eternal lives.  It looks like things are getting back to normal
for my son!

That night, one armed man was in Amerel and Chayah's bedroom rummaging around looking for money and whatever else he could steal.  I wasn't aware that Amerel was awake, but I soon heard her call,
"Mommy!"  I ran to her room and pulled her over the side of her top bunk bed, ripping her mosquito net open before the man could get to her.  He was shaking her bed waving his machete over the bed.  One
of the female missionaries, who had followed me into the room, yanked his collar pulling him back and yelling, "She's just a child!  She doesn't have any money!"  Later, the next day, Amerel told me that she
Happy Birthday! Berasia turned 1 today!
had been awake already when he came into her room and had said, "In the name of Jesus, get out of my room!"  She then told me, "When that didn't work, I called Mommy."  I got a good laugh out of that
one.  That night after the thieves left, she was in the bathroom washing her feet because she didn't want to go back to bed with dirty feet after having walked around barefoot when I pulled her out of her bed. 
While washing her feet, she said, "I love You Jesus!"  She said all of the fear immediately left in that moment.  The morning after the break-in, she shared with me that the break-in helped her to see how much
she really loves Jesus and how amazed she was that she felt she was getting closer to Him through this experience.   

Well, what can I say about my youngest two children concerning their recovery after the attack?  They both slept through the whole thing!  Thank You Jesus!  :)

"Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God." Mark 10:14


Sunday, October 7, 2012

This is My Response...

If you haven't read our blog post from September 29th at, please stop reading and head on over there before you read this blog.  This post is in response to what we posted there. 

The night that armed robbers broke down our front door and burst into our home while our children were in bed sleeping is a night that we will not soon forget.  While it wasn't the first time that thieves have broken
into our home, it was definitely the first time they intentionally broke in while we were actually at home.  As five thieves totally ransacked our house looking for money and whatever else they could find that they
thought was valuable, the only thing I could think of to do was to begin worshipping Jesus.  We (myself and 2 other female missionaries who had just recently returned from night evangelism in the village and
happened to be at our house) were forced to stay in a corner of our kitchen while the thieves tore through our suitcases, rummaged through our shelves and dresser drawers, threw things out of our kitchen
cabinets and even threw things out of our (solar battery powered) fridge, desperately seeking anything of value.  A few times, they came towards us waving machetes and knives over our heads demanding in Portuguese that we give them money.  I knew what they were asking, but I continued to speak to them in English, not wanting them to know that I knew what they were talking about.  As they continued to ransack our home, I opened my mouth and begin to say, "Hallellujah, Jesus!  We worship You!  We love You!  You alone are worthy!"  The other 2 missionaries did the same and we just focused on Him and He gave us a peace which surpasses all understanding. 

In the aftermath of what happened, there is one thing that I continue to do...worship Jesus.  There is a song that keeps playing in my mind and this song is my response to what God did and is continuing to do
in my heart at this time:

Gifted Response (We Will Worship You)

This is a gifted response,
Father we cannot come to you by our own merit.
We will come in the name of your Son
as He glorifies You and in the power of Your Spirit.
We have come to something so mysterious,
too deep for minds to comprehend;
through the open door,
where the angels sing,
and the host of heaven are antheming!

And we'll sing the glory of Your name!
Celebrate the glories of your grace!
We will worship You!
We will worship You!
And we'll make your praise so glorious;
singing songs of everlasting praise!
We will worship you!
We will worship you!

By Matt Redman,  Facedown CD

Hallelujah!!  God is always worthy to be praised, no matter what the circumstance!