Dr. Mark and Tricia Haynes are missionaries to the largest Indian Reservation in America, the Navajo Nation. Covering over 25,000 square miles, the Reservation is larger than the State of West Virginia. Its boundaries cover three states; Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. There are approximately 250,000 Navajos living on the Rez.
In 1988, Bro. Mark made his first trip to the Navajo Nation and visited with long time Navajo pastor Harold Noble. After several more trips during the next few years, the Lord began to burden his heart for the Navajo people. In June of 1994, Bro. Haynes made his final surrender to the Lord to give his life to be a missionary to the Navajo people. The Haynes family started deputation in October of 1994 and moved to Steamboat Canyon, Arizona, in August of 1996.
In March of 1997, a church was started by the Haynes in Tsaile, Arizona. They met in the house of a lady for a few months. Bro. Noble heard from a small group of believers in the community of Lukachukai who were without a pastor. This was only 10 miles from Tsaile, so Mark began preaching at both places. In November of 1997, a decision was made to combine the two works into one. Mountain View Baptist Church has been meeting in Lukachukai ever since. The work currently averages between 50-60 on Sundays.
The mission was organized into an independent church on October 26th, 2003. God has blessed the work with good men. Bro. Raymond Hobbs is the Navajo pastor of the work. In 2014, they will be starting their own Bible Institute.
The Haynes are currently serving in Ganado Baptist Church. This is a Native church that needed someone to take over for Pastor Harry Curley, due to his age. The Haynes moved their mobile home to Ganado in May of 2006. The church has seen a good growth and souls saved. The attendance now consistently runs between 120 – 130 on any given Sunday.
The plan is to develop Ganado Baptist as a training center where men can be given the tools to start churches on the Reservation. To that end, Ganado Baptist Bible College was founded in 2012 and currently has 15 students. It is designed to train men and women for the ministry of reaching the Navajo Nation for Christ. The long range goals include starting ten churches in the next fifteen years. There is also a Bible Institute in Ganado which currently has around six students with classes meeting 2-4 times a week. Sent out by Ganado Baptist Church, Bro. Joel and Fabiola Haynes started Solid Rock Baptist Church in the community of Nazlini. The church was chartered in August of 2012 and has an attendance of 50-60 consistently. This is the long term goal to see Native churches birth other Native churches!
The Lord has now opened an amazing door in the community of Chambers. This small, unincorporated place is a border town just off of Reservation land. It is near Navajo communities that total around 4,000 souls. There is an unbelievable opportunity to purchase a three-acre site with a 40‘ x 60’ metal building and a mobile home for $80,000. The folks that own it said that for $10,000 down, they would hold the property for us. That money has already come in!
The need is great but God is greater. Pray for direction and guidance for this ministry.