VOB News May 2018 “2nd chances”

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie 18, Jasmine 17 and Fernando 16, in the photos above show how long we have known them. You will remember this family, as we have shared about them over the years. We first met when they would come to our Tuesday night outreach. Soon after we met, their older sister became ill and suddenly died. Our mercy medical fund, “Karen Fund”, is named after her. Three years ago this month, their father Carlos was killed in a robbery at his work place. Yet another heavy blow to the family. With your help, VOB has since supported the family monthly, to make up the sudden loss of their father’s income.

Our main goal was to keep the boys in school, as the oldest was considering going to work full time. Unfortunately, both boys dropped out of school recently. Charlie just became uninterested, and Fernando got in trouble, fighting a lot. Charlie recently has got into some trouble. We are hoping this will help him get back on track. These are common problems with young men in Tijuana, as they grow bored, lacking encouragement to rise above their circumstances. With their dad gone, that became all the more difficult. I see them every week, and try to encourage them to make better choices. They know I love them, and they respond respectfully, but still lack initiative. I hope to get them to reconsider school. Please pray for them. We love them dearly!  Their sister, Jasmine, also was greatly impacted by the loss of her father. But  inspired by the tragedy, she desires to be a criminologist. She graduates high school in July, and plans to go on to college for a degree. She needs our help, and we surely plan to give it. Would you help us sponsor her each month?  We know roughly, how much money it will take every month, and it’s not as much as one might think.

Antonio is a success story who we prayed for, and one who gives us hope for Carlos and Fernando!  A few years ago, Antonio did not make the lottery to continue public school. We sponsored him each month, to attend private school. He lost interest and, against advice, dropped out, to go to work. He said he might return one day. Three years later, at age 19, he has returned to high school, not only paying for it himself, but will be graduating next month!

Yay God!

 

This months highlight, was officiating our nieces wedding! What a blessing to be with our family, celebrating such a special occasion. Leading the ceremony was one of my greatest honors. Brooklyn and Corey, may you be blessed with many years together, as you continue your own family roots in the Lord!  

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VOB News April 2018 “If I be lifted up…”

 

Wayne & Carol in Florida
Wayne & Carol in San Diego

“… if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”    

  John 12:32

 

 

How was your Easter? We were remembering a Spring break a few years back, 26 years to be exact. A trip to Daytona, Florida, when we were “just friends,” and decided to build a cross and carry it down the beach, while handing out Gospel tracks. That’s Wayne above (left) in the short shorts (1992), carrying the cross, and Carol, to the side, talking with folks as we passed by. Some of you might know that this was the trip that “did it” for us, as we decided on a life partnership in telling others about Jesus, as husband and wife.

We decided that we were over due in carrying a cross down the beach. Photo above (right)  is this past Easter Sunday. Carol played her guitar, as Wayne pulled the rather heavy cross in the sand. Back then, we drew the attention of a local news station. This time around, sparked a lot of people wanting selfies (photos) with the cross! Our hope was that the multitudes on the beach who saw the cross, considered Jesus, and His Salvation!

He prayed for a nebulizer! 

One of the things we love about what we get to do, is to take what someone no longer wants, and give it to someone else who is in need. We never cease to be amazed at just how God does it. Here are two different accounts:

Recently, a friend wrote us asking if anyone in Tijuana could use a nebulizer. My first response was, “maybe – what is it?”  I thought for sure, one of the infirmaries could use it for a person with asthma. So I took it down to TJ, and asked around. One of our associates found the perfect home! The man in the photo above, had been praying for this very machine, I had never heard of.

He hoped to buy a guitar not expecting it to be gifted to him!

On the other hand, my young friend Pedro (with the guitar in the other photo), had recently mentioned if I ever came across a guitar that he might could afford to buy, to please let him know. I put the word out on Facebook, and right away, one of my friends had a guitar he had been thinking of finding a new home for.

These exchanges made for 4 satisfied households, with each person equally blessed – to give and to receive!

(left to right) Wayne, Carol, Kurt, Shawn, Kim, Tony

 

 

 

Meet our VOB Board of Directors: (photo left)

We recently had dinner with our current board. We are so grateful for our long time friendship with one another, and we particularly appreciate their support and council, as we share and implement ministry vision each year.  God is faithful!