VOB News September 2017 “Thanks all around”

So many needs, in every direction we look. Devastation from hurricanes, earthquakes, fire, etc. That is what I have been thinking, as I turn on the television, or browse through internet pages. Perhaps you have been doing the same. How do we respond to all of the needs? Each need is certainly valid. That is why we are so grateful that many of you, our faithful supporters, consider us when making contributions. We know you have many other needs to choose from. And believe me, sometimes we ask ourselves, are there greater needs than what we put our hands to?  Over the years, I have asked God, “are we making a difference?”.  I can’t say that I always get an answer.  But often, He just puts that next individual in front of us, who is not just down on their luck, but facing an every day struggle of coping to feed their family, in a third world system.  Or we see how worship and prayer impacts someone, profoundly. You have heard many of our stories. I am not attempting to convince you,  even though I’ve sometimes needed convincing. We just want to genuinely thank you for helping us.

We also thought you might like to know that we, as an organization, also contribute to many other ministries and causes. We have been asked a time or two, by interested parties, “why would you tithe off of funds that have already been given to you for charitable purposes?”.  “Isn’t that like a double tithe or offering?” Maybe. But we tend to think that you can’t go wrong when giving. And we know you can’t out give God!  We are blessed to support direct work, every month in the Philippines, India, Thailand, Armenia, as well as a few ministries here in the States, that work in many areas both nationally and internationally. We also contributed toward the relief work in Texas after the flood. Thanks for being on our team – together we are responding to the needs!

Our present needs:

Our large flatbed truck broke down, in route to Mexico last week. Wayne and Gabriel had to shift the load over to 2 regular pick up trucks, to make sure the food made it to those who needed it in Tijuana. The truck is still in the shop, getting a transmission over haul. We have had to say no to several pallets of food, while the big truck is out of commission. We hope to get it back in operation soon. We appreciate your prayers and any giving toward the extra burden to our regular budget with this repair.   (The truck is back in operation, thank God,  since this report was posted) 

Frank’s bags are packed!

The D.C. trip is coming up fast. We are still not completely funded for this added expense to our budget.  Please also be praying for our team. We have an amazing group of people going, including First Nations, musicians, artists, evangelists, and prayer warriors.  As we explained in recent newsletters, we will be leading worship 5 times, throughout the weekend, praying for people, talking with them, and honoring the Lord together with hundreds of others, in public, in our nation’s capitol.   Awakenthedawn.org

“Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart.”        II Cor. 4:1

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