VOB News May 2019 “Timing is Everthing”

How often have you heard the saying, “being at the right place at the right time”? Recently, we were able to help out in a situation that started out just like that. 

A few months ago, during our Sabbatical, we were able to speak at an awesome church in North Carolina. La Viña is an hispanic church plant of our former home church, Gate City Vineyard. We met great folks, and enjoyed getting to know the pastors better, George and Tricia Ling. Recently, we got a call from George, telling us that a couple from Nicaragua, whom they knew from several years of ministering in that country, had to flee their country.  George met (we will call Alberto and Maria)  in 2009, when on a mission trip to Nicaragua.  Over the years, as George and Tricia went back to Nicaragua, their relationship with Alberto and Maria grew deeper, and eventually, La Viña began supporting a food outreach to children and families in their township. Meals were served, Bible stories were taught, and many were prayed for, in a very impoverished community.  When the economy in Nicaragua fell apart, in 2018, due to government neglect, peaceful protesting began. Maria was photographed feeding some elderly people who had lost their pension due to government neglect, and who had been peacefully protesting.  They were now considered enemies of the state, and began to be seriously harassed by government officials. Alberto and Maria, with resources provided by the La Viña congregation, had to flee Nicaragua, or risk being imprisoned simply for feeding the poor and needy.  George sent a message to inform us that the couple was fleeing toward Tijuana with their two young girls. We awaited their arrival as they traveled 20 long, potentially dangerous, days on the roads through central America and Mexico. What a blessing it was to be able to offer them refuge with some food and a place for them to stay with our partners in Tijuana. They have since applied for political asylum, and have an appointment with US immigration at the end of this month. Please be praying for this dear sweet humble family, and we will keep you updated. In the meantime we will make sure that they, now on the receiving end, are as well cared for as they have cared for others. We are so happy that we could be in the right place at the right time, to not only hear their story, but to become a part of it!

Side Note: You may notice the plants and plastic flowers. Our friend Amelia always has a way of making her home “warm” and inviting in a way few “warmer” homes ever accomplish. 

We want to thank you, as always, for your financial support which helps us aid folks who cross our path, like Albert, Maria, and many others in our ongoing mission. Amelia, would be another example of one we have befriended, and brought food to, for 10 years now. She is an elderly woman, who lives alone on just the income she can make from recycling bottles and such. Since we have known her, she has had to move from place to place, where she could call home. Often, this means an abandoned place where she is permitted to stay at no cost (mainly because the place is less than desirable to a paying tenant). VOB makes every effort to have as many resources on hand to provide basic needs to our adopted families and many others we encounter. Just this week, your support provided 2 large tarps to cover Amelia’s newest home, for a more dry shelter during this rainy season. We keep a stock of tarps for such a time as this – to be in the right place at the right time.

And finally, Wayne recently found himself in the right place at the right time to mark a memorable milestone in his Christian walk. Our partner Vicente, occasionally takes his congregation to the beach to do a baptism. Wayne has always wanted to join them, and recently made  time in his food collection schedule to be able to do so. While assisting Vicente’s son Samuel (who is actually pastoring their church now), in the baptism of 6 young people, it occurred to Wayne that it was the very month he himself had dedicated his life to the Lord, and was baptized 30 years ago. Wayne asked Vicente and Samuel if they would baptize him again, followed by his testimony of a renewed commitment and commemoration of his 30 year anniversary. Wayne was so honored to have his ministry partners and Mexican brothers baptize him right there, in that lagoon on the coast of Mexico, the Nation God has put in his heart.

“Ask of Me and I will surely give the Nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your possession.” Psalm 2:8


Don’t forget to pray for our 9 Reservation Worship and Prayer Journey across South Dakota next month.  June 21-30th  And its a big endeavor if you are able to help any with the extra costs.

This months newsletter is dedicated in memory of David and Daniel Long, who are loved and missed dearly by their brother and sister, Gary and Lynda, encouraging friends and supporters of VOB.  Please read more of this families tragic but meaningful story told here: www.lyndaklong.com


VOB News April 2019 “South Dakota Tribes”

We brought back to San Diego, for our new front lawn, the sign made famous near our hometown in NC. Perfect time for the season! Thank You JESUS!!

Dear friends, how was your Easter week? Ours was blessed. And always, as probably for you too, a time of conflicting reflection of both grief and gratitude for what our Lord Jesus suffered for our redemption.

First, we want to take a moment to once again, acknowledge and thank the Lord for the prior answers to prayer, in our last newsletter.  Then, we’d like to ask if you would hunker down with us in prayer on a couple of ‘big deal’ kind of items:

In November, we received an invitation to come out to South Dakota in the summer, and do worship & prayer on all 9 reservations in the state.  Yes, NINE!!!  This is an amazing invitation and such a huge honor to be asked to carry the fire of worship and prayer to the Great Sioux nation. The Seven Council Fires, (collectively known as the Great Sioux Nation), have a history which is somewhat familiar to many of us, particularly the Battle of Little Bighorn, and the Wounded Knee Massacre. However, there is so much more to the people than just the stories you may know. The Sioux nation covers such a vast amount of land,  originally including territory in Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and parts of Canada.  Today, there are over 20 Sioux reservations in the US and Canada. In South Dakota alone, there are nine.  We will be flying to SD in June, around the 22nd, traveling daily to each reservation doing worship and prayer, as well as encouraging the people, then traveling on to the next place, the next day and doing the same.  We return to San Diego around June 30.  This is a daunting task, and our hosts are really committed to seeing breakthru come for their people, through worship and prayer. So if you would ‘gird up your loins’, so to speak, and really dig in, in prayer for us, as well as the team in SD, as we all prepare, make arrangements, communicate and sort things out, we would ALL be so appreciative.

Here is a list of the 9 reservations we will be going to:

Pine Ridge-Oglala Sioux Tribe (a return from last summer)

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Yankton Sioux Tribe

Again, we are so incredibly honored to be partnering with our First Nations friends, and are looking forward to serving them this summer.  But we can’t do it without YOU! We cannot stress enough, how prayer support makes the difference between a very rocky, unplowed road, and a much smoother, plowed road.  Would you add your shoulder to the wheel in this endeavor? If you’d like to receive specific email updates with prayer requests, please let us know, and we will add you to the list.  We would like to create regular updates, as people follow the preparation and travel, knowing that we are all in this together.  

We would also like to ask you to please include our physical health in your prayers. We both have had greater aches and pains recently most likely due to our extra physical activities and some underlying issues (also a need for prayer). We just need our bodies to keep up with our hearts desires for the Kingdom. Maybe we don’t ask for personal health prayer often enough, so we could use some extra gas on that fire, right now, for good health & safety!! 

We have some cool stories, next month, from our compassion arm in Mexico. 

GOD bless YOU, and thank you for helping us make a difference in the world!! Wayne & Carol