Joel Haynes

The Field
The Haynes Family are missionaries to the largest Tribe and Indian Reservation in America, the Navajo Nation. Covering nearly 30,000 square miles, the Reservation is larger than the state of West Virginia. Its boundaries cover portions of three states; Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. There are approximately 300,000 Navajos living on the “Rez.”

The greatest battles the Haynes Family must face among the Navajo people is that of Native Traditionalism, Alcoholism and the recently made legal Casinos. With an unemployment rate of over 48% there are many of our people who drink and gamble away their meager income with no thought of family or future. Coming to Navajo country is like stepping into a third world country right within the borders United States. Much of the Navajo Nation still lives without running water or electricity.

In spite of the obstacles God has developed a spirit of openness to the Gospel like never before among the Navajo. Long time missionaries and preachers alike agree that there has never been a greater time or opportunity to reach Navajo people than today!

The Fruit
Bro. Joel grew up on the Reservation as a missionary’s son and has now served with his own family full-time among the Navajo for twelve years. During these twelve years God has blessed Bro. Joel and Mrs. Fabiola with five boys, raised their support, allowed them to see eight brand new churches planted and enabled the establishing of Ganado Baptist Bible College where Native American men and woman receive training for Christian service. Of these eight church plants, the Haynes Family have personally planted three, while assisting GBBC graduates and fellow missionaries in the planting of the others. Bro. Joel administrates Ganado Baptist Bible College which averages over a dozen students each semester and preaches twenty meetings a year across the country promoting church planting, missions and personal revival.

The Future
In 2012, God gave the Haynes Family the vision to see 10 new churches planted among the Navajo over the next 15 years. Initially, this vision was met by many with cynicism and sarcasm. Nevertheless, the Lord has shown Himself more than able by allowing the first eight churches to be planted. In the coming years, the Haynes Family believes God will bless with the establishment of many more church plants than was originally envisioned!

The Haynes are currently assisting another missionary family in the planting of a work in Tuba City, AZ and are personally heading up the establishment of Strong Hold Baptist Church in Pinon, AZ. Their goal for the future is to establish the church in Pinon as a pattern work, and raise up choice servants from the congregation to plant churches in the eight communities surrounding Pinon.

*For more information about the Haynes Family please visit www.navajolandbaptistmissions.com .