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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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VOB News August 2017 “Angie Graduates”

Wayne with Angie on her graduation day.

Who remembers their high school graduation?  I sure remember mine! In fact, I was reminded this past June, that it was 30 years ago! Graduation is certainly a turning point in one’s life.  And it surely was that for our young friend, Angelica. You have heard of her a few times, through the years. She was the 11 year old girl, who had a cancerous tumor appear just over her right eye. You helped us support her through her treatments.  Thank the Lord, she has gotten a clean bill of health, every check up, for the past 7 years!

Angie with her dad just after she was released from the hospital after the tumor was removed.

You have also helped us assist in sending her to private school the last 3 years, after her public school held a lottery (due to overcrowding), and she did not make the cut.  Angie really blossomed in private school, and was so eager to finish well.

 

I was honored to be at her graduation this past month (the only “whetto” or white guy in the crowd), to celebrate with her family. It wasn’t until I sat there, as each graduate walked the stage, that I realized just how much of an opportunity she has been given, with the education she received.  As I witnessed the grand ceremony of the many other achievers, alongside Angie, the thought occurred to me, that there may have been a greater purpose for her not making that lottery in public school.

Angie with her nursing school registration acceptance letter.

 

Angelica plans to continue her education, by going to nursing school, perhaps desiring to help in the medical field where she once was helped, as a young girl. She has started a job which she plans to work for 6 months, in order to save money for when she will start nursing school in February. We plan to continue sponsoring her through nursing school, and have already paid her registration. Soon, we will find out what the monthly tuition will be. Please let us know if you would like to help sponsor Angie. We know she is going to be one who will make a difference, and beat the odds of the socio-economy around her.

 

AWAKEN THE DAWN 2017:

48 straight hours of around the clock worship, outreach, evangelism, all in the heart of Washington, D.C.  In this day and hour, with all the chaos going on in our nation, surely two straight days of love, and honoring Jesus in the capitol of our country, will make a difference!  VOB is fielding a diverse team of people from around the country, including First Nations friends. There is so much anger & protesting going on in our nation.  So much division & hate.  This is a chance for the worship arm of VOB to contribute to bringing the love of Jesus & the peace of GOD; to join in unity with people from all backgrounds, nations & races, bringing something that offers hope and the presence of the Lord. Would you consider assisting us, as we continue to raise the funds to send a team? Thank you to those of you who have responded. We hope to hear from more of you. We are not quite half way covered, so far, and any amount would help!  Also, please continue to pray for us, as we prepare.  We will be leading worship on 5 different occasions. To get further information about ATD, or if you are interested in participating, http://www.awakenthedawn.org