VOB News August 2018 “Scholarships Needed”

We mentioned a couple of months ago that you would hear about Jasmine again.  She has just graduated from high school (see her cap and gown photo to the right). We have shared about her before, concerning her father, who was murdered in a store robbery at his workplace, a few years ago.  This life changing event, spurred Jasmine to want to

Jasmine

study to be a criminologist.  We were so blessed to be there to celebrate her graduation this month, on such a special life accomplishment. It is more common for boys to quit school in Tijuana, but it is difficult for many families to persevere with expenses concerning school costs. Jasmine persevered with your financial help, and now would very much like to go on to college–again, something very difficult for young people in the poor communities we serve.  She will start college this Fall. Her registration has been paid, thanks to VOB supporters, but we will need to begin her monthly tuition next month. A very generous gift came, from one of our dear schoolmates from Bible College in memory of her sweet papa (thank you, A.L). This gift will help for Jasmine’s first semester.  Your joined sponsorship can help keep Jasmine in school for the next three years.  Can you help?

Angelica “Angie”

Last August we told you about Angie, one of our ministry partner’s daughter.  Angie, then having just graduated from high school, wanted to go on to Nursing school. This past year, she has been waiting for a space to open up at the school she desired to go to. Angie went to work right away, and has saved up this year for her future living expenses, once she starts school. VOB paid for her registration, and just started her monthly tuition this month. We are looking for sponsors to help us carry this need. A young person in Tijuana, going on to college, will have infinitely more opportunities in life to succeed, than a child who either doesn’t finish grade school, or has only a high school education.  Learning a trade like nursing, will truly be a GODsend for Angie, for the rest of her life. If you remember, Angie had cancer as a child.  This gave her the vision to want to go on to be a nurse, helping others in the way she was helped when she was a child (she is in her new nursing student uniform to the left). Your sponsorship, can help Angie fulfill this dream, and have a better life.  Angie will be in school for three years also.  Can you help? 

Just knowing the difference these 2 young women are going to make in their communities makes it all worth it. Life in Mexico is a daily struggle. Their tuition is more affordable with the American dollar than you may realize. ANY amount you can help with each month will help us. Being able to support these two young women, following their progress over the years, is something we know has eternal blessings.  We look forward to reporting on their progress along the way. 

YAY!!! Antonio did it! So very proud of him to return and graduate high school a week before turning 21 years old! We thought you would enjoy seeing his smile! Thank you, Wayne &Carol
Jasmine’s graduation day with Wayne.
Angie cap and gown photo 2017
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VOB News July 2018 “On the plains of the Lakota Nation”

Our awesome team at the Denver airport. Trust us-it was easier getting us and our gear on a plane, than it was stuffing us all into a rental van for a 6 hour drive across the plains!

Thank you for praying!

The trip to Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, was amazing. We learned so much about the Lakota nation, and met some incredible prayer warriors who have been standing for their people for decades. We ate Buffalo stew! (It was delicious).  

Along the way, during the trip, we stopped at the location of the Wounded Knee battle, and were sobered to read the details of the battle in the actual location. Driving through White Clay Nebraska, just outside of the reservation (google White Clay to see what I’m talking about), was a stunner.  Listening to the stories of the people who live on Pine Ridge, and seeing the children who hang around, day to day, at the rec center where we were, gave us a lot to pray about for the future. We look forward to going back. Wayne and I felt it such a privilege and honor to be there.  Words are hard to describe what it was like. So we will leave you with a few photos, which we hope will convey, in some small way, the wonders of being on the reservation, and the blessing from the Lord, to be there.  

Wayne playing the Abba drum with Jonathan Maracle from Canada, Michael, and Christian from Hope City House of Prayer in Kansas City (VOB partners) who also brought a whole team up to minister at the camp meeting.
Marta letting AJ, from the Res, play her violin. He was the first kid to meet us when we got there, and the last to see us off when we drove away. And we enjoyed him hanging around all in between! Cover him Lord!
Carol and a couple of the Lakota elder women, praying over the land.

We prayed on top of the highest point of Pine Ridge, with about 25 others. We took communion and prayed that the Lord Jesus Christ would come and bring a new day of salvation to the Lakota people. 

Our team led several worship & prayer sessions, where people came forward and proclaimed the Word of the Lord from the Bible, over the land. We participated in a March for Jesus, into ‘downtown’ Pine Ridge (this being the crossroads of the reservation, and where there are a few small businesses located), showing unity in the Body of Christ on the reservation. “If I be lifted up…”