VOB News July/August 2021 “Personal mini sabbatical”

Greetings from Virginia, friends. And a very warm, muggy Virginia greeting, we might add, not the sunny, mild, and cool pacific breeze we are used to. Thanks for praying for Carol and her folks. (an update from previous prayer requests below) This has been an up and down situation which has proven to be difficult to provide proper care.  It was, however, enough to convince me (Wayne) that help was needed. And after 4 nights and 4 days of driving West to East coast we are together once again. So for now we are on a mini sabbatical serving Carol’s folks during this health crisis. We believe that, after 67 years of marriage caring for one another, they deserve it !!!

This got me thinking of the old african proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”.  Like our present situation, much is not only accomplished, but also brings about encouragement, with help in greater numbers. The same can be said with what we do day to day, in the Mexico ministry. It’s hard to even imagine doing it without our village. A couple of months ago, we shared about the ministries that we help, with your partnership,  and support.  But we also have a half dozen ministries that sow back in to VOB. The really humbling thing is that many of these, much larger ministries even,  not only serve the poor, but in greater capacity. Honestly, this is so very encouraging to us, and is a ‘shot in the arm’ (no present day pun intended), if you will.   Several of these organizations who support VOB, provide incredible services and resources to the marginalized around San Diego, including veterans, refugees, and the terminally ill. Some of these organizations are not even faith based. And yet, VOB has found favor among them, and they provide us with incredible truck loads of food and basic needs each week for Tijuana. Many of you have seen first hand these loads, whether volunteering with us in person, or via photos on social media, and our newsletters. If not, you will have to take our word for it, because we don’t have our home office color printer packed in our suitcases at this time! 

Also among our contributors, of course, are many more of you who respond to our social media campaigns for sponsoring school education, kids clothing needs, vehicle repairs and so much more. 

We are just blessed, and incredibly honored to shoulder together with the co-laborers in our village, and we hope to encourage and lift one another’s arms as well. Including you! Thank you for your continued prayers for us, W & C

Earlier last month (JULY) we needed to send out a quick prayer ask for our family. Carol’s dad got really sick and ended up in the hospital, where he has been now for a month. Carol has been there in Virginia for 3 weeks, helping her folks. Needless to say it has been a difficult time for all. His heart level stats have improved, but some effects from getting sick, including being in a bed for so long, have lingered. He is presently in the hospital rehab attempting to regain his strength, and ability to get around. Could we ask you to prayer for these things please: 

1) medical team wisdom and better communication among them and family. 

2) that fluid built up in his body can be addressed without affecting his heart.

3) strength increased for him to be able to safely stand and walk. 

4) rest and restoration for Carol, mom and sis.

5) total clarity for his ongoing care.

6) that her mom will stay healthy and able as well.

7) prayer for Carol and I as we are apart managing everything

Thank you in advance for shouldering these prayer needs with us.  Next month we look forward to giving a praise report. And we will catch you up with all thats been going on in VOB world of worship and compassion. Love Wayne & Carol

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