VOB News March 2019 “Praise reports”

Reflecting this past month as we currently travel back from our worship outreach to Carlisle Pennsylvania. Tune in towards the end for details of our time there. Let’s just call this month’s newsletter an update-or better yet a 100% PRAISE REPORT!  I am not sure if we have ever put out some prayer needs in one month’s report, that all came back answered before the next month. By faith we dropped our nets again (as Jesus instructed), and along with your faithfulness to hold the ropes a little tighter and longer with us, it brought some solid returns. God is good (let’s hear ya) and All the time ??? you got it, God is good! 

#1 Mexican customs situation: Our team of colleagues in Mexico, sat down to a round table discussion where the issue of crossing donations was addressed with the new customs administration. Due to special favor with one of these colleagues, a high ranking senator was included in this meeting!  Once he heard about how long my partner and I had consistently and frequently crossed the border, and learned of how many tons of food crossed with us, the senator made one call to the head customs supervisor, on our behalf. While there are changes being made in paperwork and procedure with how donations are to be crossed through customs, we were given exclusive favor to continue doing so at a much reduced import fee, until we are able to get all of the required paperwork and formalities approved! The rate is still twice what we have been paying in recent years, but it is far from the 5x fee we’ve been paying recently. The truly amazing thing, is that this permission was only extended to 4 of us, out of the many individuals and organizations who cross donations at any given time. Mind you, this is the busiest border crossing in the world!  Wow, thank You Jesus!!

#2 Wayne’s special border crossing pass situation:  Not a situation anymore!!! The renewal application was finally approved, while we have been out of town, and his new Sentri card is waiting in the mail back home! (We happen to be writing you from 36,000 feet above the desert, 900 miles from reaching the west coast and at 412 mph ground speed – according to the captain’s flight tracker at the moment).

#3 Housing situation: Speaking of “back home” where Wayne’s pass is awaiting him, we return to a new address (see below – be sure to write it down)! That’s right!  God, in His perfect timing, also provided the perfect home for us to continue refuge in, after being in the same apartment for the last 12 years. Not only that, He had some surprises in store. We have rented a house to share with our longtime dear friends, and pastors, Gary & Jane Goodell. So many amazing reasons, too many to mention here, for how perfect this will be for all of us. But one big one is the ability to afford living here in San Diego. Prices have skyrocketed in the last 12 years since we last signed a lease. We are very excited to see what God is going to do with combining our already likeminded ministries under one roof. And the funny thing is, we are moving back to the community in Pacific Beach where the 4 of us first met and staffed a church together, 23 years ago. And the four of us couldn’t be more blessed or adore one another more.

#4 Truck repair situation  (Not mentioned in last letter but some of you knew and prayed): That’s right, one more test to follow, was our big flatbed ministry truck breaking down in the MIDDLE of our move. Thankfully, though fully loaded, we were able to get it unloaded and driven to a service shop without too much additional excitement, other than a careful maneuver by Wayne, and a close follow by Carol in a vehicle behind. The transmission was failing, and ultimately not going to deliver another pound of food until addressed. Again, thankfully, the total repair was covered by warranty work done on the transmission in prior years. You might say it was a blessing to conk out when it did, just shy of the guarantee expiring.  (You just never know what God knows!) 

Carol speaking to the worship school attendees.

#5 Carlisle PA travels: Seems like things went into full ‘warfare’ mode, as we arrived on the east coast, with all the above stuff going on, team members having major issues, and Carol’s mom getting very sick, right as we landed. We knew the gathering in Carlisle would be powerful. And it certainly was! Our team anchored the AllTribes House of Prayer (ATHOP), along with several other teams. We’ve hosted or been involved in many a conference over the years, and we can honestly say, something different occurred in this gathering.  Deep relationships were launched, and a new level of commitment to the Kingdom of GOD came forth, as partnerships were developed, and hearts were both challenged and refreshed. Praying on the land of the former Carlisle Indian school, was deeply sobering. We look forward to the fruit of this Arrows of Glory, War Cry conference. The ATHOP, and Arrow school of worship that Carol was involved in, will net many Kingdom rewards in the future, all glory to GOD!!! Thank you for praying!!!  

p.s. Watch for updates about another worship and prayer outreach in our near future. Also see more photos, by our photo journalist partner Christopher Hornaday, to be released soon from the War Cry event. 

All Tribes giving protocol toward our team and other worship teams for maintaining 30 hours of worship in the House of Prayer throughout the event.
Attendees wrapped with a linen sash from Israel to stand in covenant with all the tribes! (see Wayne?)
Carol and team leading one of the All Tribes House of Prayer sets of prophetic intercessory worship.

NEW mailing address for VOB:              

VOB Ministries 

PO Box 99057

San Diego, CA 92169

 

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VOB News February 2019 “Hold the Rope”

From the desk of VOB…

“When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered and said, ‘Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; ” Luke 5:4-6

The context for the Scripture above, explains that the disciples had been fishing all night, and had not been all that successful.  When Jesus told them to let down their nets again, I imagine they did not really want to bother. I also imagine those big heavy nets are not all that simple to maneuver. Most likely, they were tired and discouraged. But they did it anyway, and were rewarded. 

We find ourselves in similar circumstances: Being challenged by the Lord to continue to drop our nets, when it seems we keep catching discouragement.  As we have expressed in recent months, 2018 was a difficult year for us personally, and with great trials in ministry. On the flip side, there was certainly much fruit, and many testimonies of Divine appointments. He gets the praise because He is worthy, no matter what. To quote William Carey (a British Baptist Missionary), “Who will go down to the heathen and take them the gospel? I will go. But you must hold the rope for me!”  Can we ask you to “hold the rope” a little longer, and a little tighter, as we get over the hurdles that 2019 has presented.  

The situation with Mexican customs, has not changed as of yet. Our colleagues have had one roundtable discussion already, with another one planned tomorrow, in fact. The new administrator is requiring each organization that imports food, be vetted in a new and different way. This is a greater process, which is taking more time to work out the details than we had hoped. Thus, at this time, our truck loads of food crossing in every day, is considered imported cargo to be taxed on a calculated value of the food, rather than a set donation import fee.  For now, that value has been set at 500 pesos (nearly $30) each time we cross. In times past, it has only been 100 pesos (closer to $6). Needless to say, what we paid for a week of border crossings, is now costing us per day. This can drain a budget very quickly. 

Also, a situation has arisen with Wayne concerning US Customs. His “fast pass” Sentri card, which allows for entry into the US through a special vetted lane, was revoked last week, causing potential delays for Wayne to wait in border lines (1-3 hours varied), each time he returns to the US. The US government is way behind with the renewals on these documents. We renewed Wayne’s card over 6 months ago, and are told it could be another 2-3 months to catch up on the back log. Waiting in border lines is a  sacrifice he is willing to do but an amount of time that could be spent wiser. 

A greater surprise came this month, in the form of a notice to vacate our apartment of nearly 12 years. Our landlord’s partners are pushing for a renovation and a potential sell of the property. We have been very blessed to live here and the favor from the landlord to never raise our rent has been so greatly appreciated. However, we now having to scout out a new place to call home, within the current market value rentals in the area. God has been very faithful to open doors for us with housing every since we stepped out into full time ministry from our first newlywed apartment over 23 years ago.  So we are asking Him to show us this next open door quickly, as we have to clear our apartment before we leave on our next scheduled out-of -state outreach, detailed below. 

On the worship arm of VOB, we head out to Carlisle, PA mid March, to assist with, and lead worship at the Arrows of Glory Worship school, and Alltribes House of Prayer. These events will run concurrently with a conference called War Cry, where First Nations people, and many, many others, will gather from around the country, to learn how to sow into worship and intercession, and partner with each other in advancing the Kingdom of GOD. Carol has been asked to assist with the launching of the worship school, and will be doing lots of coordinating and mentoring.  As well, throughout the event, our team will be leading worship during the 30 hour Alltribes House of Prayer/Worship time.  This is the fruit of relationship building during our David’s Tent Rise Up DC event in November.  In addition, the gathering in Carlisle will include prayer on the site of the 1st Indian boarding school in North America, a model for future Indian boarding schools and the horrific motto, ‘kill the Indian, save the man’. These past tragedies are only now coming into the public eye.  We are honored to be a part of the healing and transformation that will surely take place in March.  

Wayne served on a team last month, once again, leading the annual Living Waters training in Malibu Canyon at the Salvation Army Campground. The training was a great success despite torrential rains, flooding and mud slides due to the already fire damaged hillsides, surrounding the camp, from the wildfires at the end of this past year. The whole team was evacuated, dodging landslides and rolling boulders, for 24 hours to a near by church opened for shelter. But once it was safe to return we resumed the training and many participants were set free. One leader said it like this, “a natural image similar to the walls around stony hearts falling down and barricades of pain being removed”. 

Thank you so much for praying for all of these things!  Love Wayne & Carol