Haynes Family Newsletter

April 10, 2008

Dear Family & Friends,

What a blessing it to serve our great God in training young men and women in harvesting souls for God’s glory! I’m so pleased to bring you up to date on the work that your partnership makes possible.

January

I had the opportunity to plan the theme and the speakers for the month. Most of you know how I love looking at characters in the Bible that encourage us in our faith and our walk. That’s exactly what we did in our chapel services each morning.

Sunset’s Annual Combination Workshop was held with some 225 people coming from all over the nation. We had tracks for ministry, missions, Satellite School training, and women. I was on this year’s steering committee and emceed a couple of the evening sessions.

I was also able to hold a one-day gospel meeting in Petersburg, Texas where a dear friend, Owen Carr, preaches. That was so encouraging since Dani and I have known several of the members there for more than 20 years. Some, who were children then, now have children of their own.

February

Dwight Whitsett and I represented Sunset at the Teacher’s of Missions Workshop in Dallas. Many of the teachers for our Christian universities and other para-church groups gathered to review materials and books, and to encourage one another in the training of those seeking to go to mission fields, both domestic and foreign.

Doyle Gilliam and Ron Bontrager, both instructors here at SIBI, had some surgery during February so I got to teach in the Gospel of John as well as in the preaching lab with first-year students. Both were enjoyable chances to get to know many of the students even better.

March

The month of March was an exciting time of evangelism, encouraging prospects to come to SIBI for training in the future, and educating those already here. During the break week fifty-three students from SIBI and about eighty members of the Sunset congregation came together and reached out to Lubbock in the Heart-To-Heart campaign. More than thirty-five studies are now in progress. Two other foreign campaigns were conducted in Mexico and Jamaica.

Twelve of us attended The Tulsa Workshop to meet with area alumni and to recruit possible students. We had representatives from AIM, the International Division, Development, Advanced Missions, the Extension School, and of course the Two-Year Program.

The last day of March began our fourth term at SIBI with me teaching two courses. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings I’m teaching Maturing The Mission Church among those in the Missions’ Track. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons I’m teaching Biblical Theology of Missions with 40+ first-year students including students from Puyallup, Washington and Fall River, Massachusetts through our video conferencing hook-ups. This has been both exciting and inspiring as I get to see firsthand those who will step out in areas of ministry all over the globe in the coming months and years.

General News
I’m still co-teaching the annex class on Sunday mornings with Doyle Gilliam. This group includes some of the teachers and teacher’s wives from here at SIBI. We’re almost finished with our study in First Peter. We will be in Galatians in the coming quarter.

Since being back at the Sunset congregation, I’ve been asked to serve on the missions committee. Not only does this congregation support the work with which the school is involved, but it is very active in its own mission works around the globe.

Personal

Along with these responsibilities, Dani and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a weekend trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico. The majestic mountains jutting into the sky and the crisp beautiful sunrises each morning reminded us of God’s everlasting love toward us as we were once again reminded of ours for each other.

In the last few months, we’ve been blessed by one more congregation and a few more individuals who have decided to partner with us in this work. We are keenly aware that we get to be here because of those sacrifices. So to those with much, those with little, those who work hard, those who selflessly open up their hearts and then their wallets, please know of our love, respect, and gratitude. You not only bless our lives with your gifts, but the lives of those you’ve never met and may never meet this side of heaven. If you know of others we can talk to about our work and the completion of our support package, would you favor us with the information? May God be praised!

Because He Came,
Kevin & Dani

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