VOB News January 2018 “Hope Restored…”

A blast from the past of us from one of our honeymoon breakfast photos in Gatlinburg Tennessee.

Wow, this month marks the 200th issue of our newsletter. Some of you have been on our mailing list since the first issue, when we left North Carolina for full time ministry, 22 years ago in January 1996!  Not only that, but also this month we just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, which is even harder to believe.  We were able to reflect on all of this, as we drove across this great country of ours (AGAIN –  how many times we have lost count) to visit family for the holidays. We hope you had a great Christmas and HAPPY New Year!!

Miguel, Peter, Wayne & Flora at Campamento de Fe.

Hope Restored Can Go A Long Way

On a recent visit to Campamento de Fe, (Camp of Faith) where a dear sister, Flora (in photo above), takes care of a dozen or more men who need medical attention, we got to hear an awesome testimony from Miguel (below).  Our friend and VOB supporter, Peter, went along with Wayne, and got to hear Miguel’s story, first hand.

Miguel at Campamento de Fe, where he went from being a patient needing medical care, to sticking around and helping serve the others needing care.

Around 8 or so years ago, Wayne, along with Vicente, was at Camp of Faith when Miguel had first arrived. He had 2 broken ankles, 2 wrapped wrists and a bandage on his neck – all from 3 different attempts to take his own life. He had cut his wrists and neck artery previously, and jumped from a high level in a final effort. Thankfully, the Lord spared him each time, waiting for this moment He was going to encounter Miguel. Vicente and I prayed for and with him, bound the spirit of death, and declared hope and life over him. I saw, before my very eyes, his transformation into freedom.

As he told this story to us again, upon this visit 8 years later, he spoke over and over about how much he did not want to live back then.    And then he said, with a big smile, “ASK ME NOW?”

Wayne praying with the group of other residents in Flora (and Miguel’s) care.

“Let Compassion Reach it’s Destination” Kathleen Dillard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship Corner:

Carol will be attending some key leadership meetings with a round table of Native American leaders in February. She will report on that in the next couple issues.

Pray for great connections.

Also please pray for open doors, as we work on several worship projects around the country, scheduling for the coming year.

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VOB News December 2017 “Merry Christmas”

Merry Christmas from VOB and our  Tijuana team!

We are always so blessed to sponsor a gathering with our team in Tijuana, and their families, and just enjoy doing something we never get to do: sit down and eat! Ha! But seriously, we stay pretty busy, and pretty task oriented with tasks of providing basic needs, and food for many in their communities who really need help. But on this night, the night after Thanksgiving, we gather each year and share our thanks for one another. We work hard as a team. These men and women, who often put others first, rarely splurge on themselves-much less a dinner out with their entire family! There is lots of talking (loudly with this large a group), laughing, dreaming, photo taking, and yes, of course, a great deal of eating. This year, was our 8th year of gathering, with nearly 50 around the table!

We know that you have many opportunities to follow and support other ministries. We want you to know, that a great deal of our thanks, is for folks like you, who help us reach out and do what we do. We believe that worshiping God, leads to compassion for what’s on His heart…..and that having compassion for what is on His heart, leads back to worshiping Him!

Thank you for joining us around the table, in our worship and compassion ministry.

Blessings in 2018,   Love  Wayne & Carol