VOB News March 2020 “Where the Lord is”

From the desk of VOB…

After we sent out last months newsletter, Wayne and I realized we did not mention the Lord, at any point.  It got me thinking, and I’d just like to address a few thoughts around that.

Maybe it seems obvious, maybe it don’t, but there is absolutely NO WAY we could do, or would do, what we are doing, without the Lord’s complete guidance, direction, and provision.  I hope that is clear in anything we do or say! But the extent to which we are thankful to the Lord, is hard to convey with mere words.  We set out in 1996, to serve the Lord full-time, with a mission to reach the youth, the poor and the nations, and to disciple whoever GOD put in our path.  We have tried to remain faithful to that calling, nearly 25 years on.  We thank GOD for each and every person who has been standing with us, as part of our team, in all the multiple ways you do. And we humbly ask you to please consider sticking with us, through what is likely a very difficult time period for our nation.

With that being said, in this time of uncertainty and unprecedented adjustments to our day to day life, our resolve to continue the mission and calling of the Lord, is strong. Though we may have to adjust how we do things, we know Who our GOD is, and what He has called us to do. We remain committed to serving the poor, and standing in worship and prayer. We are taking things day by day in Mexico, since we do not know if, or when the border may close, or other restrictions might occur.  So far the last couple of days our crossing has been normal. As well, we will be dedicated to helping those immediately around us, who may have needs that we can address.

We are standing in prayer and worship. We encourage you to do the same. While you are hunkered down in your home, hunker down in prayer and worship. This is one sure-fire way of making a difference at this time!  Put on some worship music, grab your music instrument, sing words of honor to the Lord.  Isaiah 55:11 says the Word of the Lord shall not return void, but shall accomplish that which He desires.  We CAN make a difference!!!

In closing, for Wayne and I, to have the honor and privilege of serving the Lord in full time missions, is humbling, sobering, and stretching.  It continues to be challenging, to this very day. But most of all, we just wanted to take a moment, with this letter, to say to the Lord, “Thank You. We all want to give you everything we’ve got Lord.  And You are worthy. We can never say that enough.”           

With love and grateful thanks in our hearts, Love Wayne & Carol 

Specific points of information:

♦  All planned travel events for March have been cancelled, including a worship  event in Carlisle, PA. Cross Current, the bi-weekly discipleship group Wayne and a team has been leading in Tijuana, has also been postponed. May we all find new and fruitful ways of ministering during this time.

♦ It seems silly, in light of all that’s going on, but we ask you to pray for our health. This seems obvious for ALL of us, but as a side note, I have a strained rotator cuff injury of some sort.  Super painful, and restrictive. And we both have other pain management issues. 

♦ For Wayne, as he makes adjustments to his day to day routine, and for those who will be affected by this in TJ.

♦ I think we can all agree that this virus situation requires daily prayer. Let’s do this!