Jan Haynes is a BIG bundle of energy that was delivered by God to earth in a small package! Jan takes the term “multi-tasker” to a new level! Wife, mother, former police officer and detective, grandmother, teacher, worship and ministry leader, knitter, prayer warrior and friend… Jan is a wife of 30+ years; she and husband Gerald spent nearly 20 years of their marriage in uniforms, both serving as law enforcement officers. Together they raised four beautiful children, and now are busily involved in the lives of a dozen grand babies who know her as “Nonni”.
The only thing Jan is more passionate about than her family is her relationship with God. She is one of those rare individuals who doesn’t TALK about her faith or her religion or her church, she LIVES it. She lives her faith every single day, loving and praying and reaching out to others. An avid “knitter”, Jan has made dozens of “prayer shawls” for family, friends and complete strangers…soft, hand-knit blankets so someone going through chemotherapy or a bad divorce can feel “wrapped in love” while they are facing life’s trials. Jan has been the Director of Women’s Ministries, led Bible studies and served on several worship teams at churches. After the death of her mother, she felt God’s nudging and returned to school after a long hiatus, graduating in 2000 with a degree in Business Management and Communication from Corban University. Whether caring for orphans, meeting with community leaders to tackle the challenges facing foster kids or praying for a friend who’s life has been upended, Jan’s faith comes shining through.
Jan met Delilah in 1978 when they were both students at a college in Eugene, Oregon. Better put, Jan met Delilah when Jan’s future husband Gerald and Delilah were friends at that college. Gerald, a football player for the Oregon Ducks, declared to Delilah one fall day, “Delilah, I’m in big trouble…I’m in love…and her daddy’s a pastor!”….Needless to say, “Big G” (as he was known then) and Jan were married and started their family while Gerald was still knocking guys around on the football field. He remains one of her biggest supporters to this day!
Reunited in 2009, Delilah was immediately impressed with Jan’s tender heart, her love for others, her attention to details and her ability to see a vision through to completion. When Jan volunteered to be a volunteer coordinator for Point Hope, Delilah took it a step further and volunteered her to be the boss! It is not unusual to receive an email from Jan at midnight or 2 a.m., when she is busy working on details of a project or planning for another trip overseas. She is not afraid to go without hot running water while in Africa, and when the airlines lost her only bag with clothes in it on one trip, she laughed and managed to “get by” wearing her much taller friend Delilah’s limited wardrobe (Delilah’s bag didn’t make it, either) and a few African batik outfits made by her friends at Buduburam!
Today, Jan oversees dozens of projects around the world and her hands-on approach makes each person involved realize that when Jan says this is “God’s work” and she has been called to do it, she means it!
I was born in Nottingham, England, married my husband, Alan, in 1960 and came with him to Canada and then on to the United Sates. He and I have pastored in England, Canada and the U.S. I have two sons, Andrew and Philip, and six grandchildren. I met Delilah when she became a member of our church in southwest Seattle. We became friends and during this time I took care of a portion of her personal finances. When we retired, I continued doing this and when Delilah asked us to help her start her new non-profit, “Point Hope”, we were delighted. I well remember sitting with the first Board around her kitchen table in White Center. Those days are long ago now, but I also clearly remember the excitement in all of us and the wonder in our eyes that first time we set foot on the soil of Buduburam. It is my pleasure to serve, and to remain friends with such a wonderful person.