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VOB News April 2017 “Azuza Revival: 111 years later”

“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou was slain, and did purchase for GOD with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation..” Rev. 5:9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On April 9, I was part of a worship team that led worship for the yearly Azusa Fest, in downtown Los Angeles. This gathering celebrates the revival movement known as the Azusa Street revival. I was honored to be a part of the Native American team that led worship at the event, on the historic Azusa street. A little background info, on Azusa Street:
In the city of Los Angeles, in 1906, on a street called Bonnie Brae (coincidentally, the street I grew up on, but in Virginia), a revival movement started that would change millions around the world. This movement, now known as Azusa Street revival, was the catalyst for the growth of the Pentecostal movement around the world, causing a massive missionary movement that sent missionaries around the world to preach the Gospel. The movement grew so fast, that it had to be moved from a house on Bonnie Brae street, to what basically amounted to a barn, on Azusa street, in downtown Los Angeles. It was here that thousands came from around the world, to experience the Holy Spirit, and the call of GOD on their lives. In doing a bit of research on the Azusa street revival, a quote describing the gatherings, from the movement’s Apostolic Faith publication, stood out to me:

“One token of the Lord’s coming is that He is melting all races and nations together, and they are filled with the power and glory of God. He is baptizing by one Spirit into one body and making up a people that will be ready to meet Him when He comes.”

I can honestly say that my experience in being a part of the Native American worship session, at Azusa Fest 2017, was exactly that. I was so impressed at the different nations involved. Native Americans, African Americans, Caucasian, Asian, European people, were all a part of the event. A Ukrainian pastor, shared how he and his wife felt called to move to the USA, to bring the Gospel. I know this blesses the heart of the Lord, when believers come together in unity, and I am super thankful that I got the opportunity to be a small part of this.  His word says it best in the Revelation 5:9 verse above!

140 baskets were delivered Good Friday to the children in Tijuana. Each of these baskets, along with the usual chocolate goodies, contained some practical gifts of socks, or hygiene product. But the most special enclosure, is a personalized card written and colored by a child in San Diego.  Thank you Bridge of Hope San Diego for sharing with us this blessing given to you. We had a wonderful Passover and Holy Week season and pray you did as well.    Love, Wayne & Carol

Remember Angelica? From our reports 7 years ago or so when she had cancer. Not only is she healthy but doing amazing in private school that we sponsor with your help. She is holding her certificate of acceptance in to Nursing School with the Red Cross. We are so proud of her. But our sponsorship just stepped it up a bit as we will need your help, this fall, to fund her schooling. Let us know if you are interested. It is less than you think compared to American standards.

 

 

 

We dedicate this months newsletter to Pastor Johnny Villalobos who joined his Creator after many years of service to Him, his family and to his people of the Kumeyaay Nation on both sides of the border. He will be missed but his smile lives in our hearts and now shines from heaven!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His hat and boots will be hard to fill! But many hearts and lives were made better by his faithfulness!
We had a wonderful recent visit by Carol’s parents celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary! That is an all time event to certainly celebrate!

VOB News March 2017 “Healing at Standing Rock”

As you may know, the history of the American Indian, or First Nations people of North American, is fraught with pain and suffering. What is widely considered to be the last of the great ‘battles’, of the First Nations people,  the Wounded Knee massacre occurred in December of 1890.  Without going into detail (please research the subject online. It is a sad, but interesting story), the Lakota, or Sioux people, still painfully carry the scars of this battle, over 100 years later. The massacre informs their very lives, still to this day.

However, there are Native American believers, who would like to see healing come to their people, once and for all time, through the Lord Jesus Christ. It was for this reason, that the Healing the Land conference was held on Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.

The decision to go, was  very last minute.  And I felt a prompting from the Lord, to invite my friend, Linda Brees Coffey, to go with me. (I’ve known Linda for many, many years. She is an amazingly gifted prophetic dancer, and just a great friend. She shares her incredible story for you in this newsletter).  I was asked to bring my guitar along. So when I left, I had no idea what I might be doing regarding worship. 

Upon arrival, I was asked to lead the afternoon sessions of worship, which I gladly did. I found the attendee’s so receptive & ready to participate in worship & prayer! Canadian Grand Chief, Lynda Prince, from the Carrier-Sekani nation, brought along with her, 120 handmade drums with Scriptures written on them, for the people to use in the worship times.  Since drumming is both a community effort, and a beautiful & resounding sound, the moments when everyone was worshiping the Lord and playing the hand drums, were quite powerful. Since I usually play with a band, this was one of the few times I led worship alone.  But the Lord was there with me, and I felt so honored to be able to participate in this way.

The talks were designed to encourage people in how to approach bringing healing to their reservations, families and nations.  Thank you for your prayers.  We would ask you also to please continue praying, that doors would continue to open up for us to be able to bring the ‘worship’ arm of VoB, to First Nations believers in North America.

[from Linda]  Carol emailed me a week before she was headed to North Dakota.  She asked me if I would join her in that journey.  After praying 30 minutes or so with my husband, I realized it was not only an invitation from my dear friend Carol, but also, an invitation from GOD. Carol informed me that the Native People have a custom/protocol of gift giving.   The visitors or invited guests, bring gifts to honor the elders, and the local people living on the land in which they are visiting.  I agreed with Carol to bring a gift as well.

I was thinking Starbucks coffee, but when I talked to my husband, he said maybe I should take one of the baskets that was given to his grandfather by the very people Carol and I  were going to  visit. In the 1930’s, my husband Lee`s grandfather, was appointed by Calvin Coolidge to be the superintendent of the Native American reservations among several states, including North and South Dakota, and Nebraska.  We decided that I would take a basket, and also a book that my husband’s grandfather wrote.  “The Wounded Knee Massacre from the Viewpoint of the Sioux” is a documentary written from the stories of direct descendants of the Wounded Knee Massacre.   Grandpa James H. McGregor interviewed  many of them, and recorded in his book, their eye witness accounts, and also the stories  of their descendants.

I didn’t fully realize the significance of this journey with Carol until the last evening, when I was invited to present the basket and book to the elders of the Lakota people.  I was able to tell the story of the intimate friendship that my husband`s  grandfather had among their people.  One of the elders shared the significance of the book, and the true story of what happened to his people at Wounded Knee.

The theme of the whole conference was repentance, forgiveness, and restoration of the relationships of the native and white people, and restoring love and honor for GOD, and for one another.  Somehow the testimony of grandpa McGregor was a timely ingredient in this process.