VOB News October 2020 “Rosebud Report”

Being on the Rosebud reservation, with my First Nations friends, was a breath of fresh air, after these long months.  And even more so, it was awesome that Wayne and I were able to travel and minister together.  Watching Wayne voluntarily serve the leaders of the gathering, in the way he does, was so cool. Even more fun, was seeing Wayne’s delight, as he played the djembe and hand drum with me, for the 1st time in years!    It added so much to worship, and was such a blessing to both of us. 

The Lord often speaks to me through His creation, and fortunately, we had a chance to take a side trip on our way back to Rapid City, South Dakota, through the Badlands National Park.  We saw buffalo, prairie dogs, and pronghorn sheep, in this very unique area. At one point, we stopped on the side of the road, to watch a group of buffalo.  All of a sudden, this big guy ambled across the road, shocking us by stopping right in the middle, right in front of us!  He stood there, just sort of ‘surveying his kingdom’, looking this way and that, not at all in a hurry. It was as if he was letting us know,  “Hey, I live here, this is my land, and I’m definitely in charge, people!  I’ll move when I am ready.” No problem big fella, cause LOOK at you!!!  (and he was not at all intimidated by our little compact rental car) Finally, he decided to leisurely continue on his way. 

The group of smaller buffalo, skittered behind him, trusting his judgement.  And one even larger guy came along, keeping the young ones on track, and in their place.  What a picture! What a massive experience!

Going into this event, I really prayed, because I felt so rusty at leading worship, since the covid shutdown.  I asked the Lord to please lead me, as I partnered with my friend and fellow intercessor, Betsy, to lead the Mountain Movers gathering in worship.  He most definitely did! And HE received the praise due His Name! I should’ve known, really. Just like the smaller buffalo that followed the big guy, all I had to do was go along behind Him, and let Him lead the way, my trust and confidence knowing that this was HIS land, HIS people, and HIS thing.  Whatever deposit was left, I know HE will use it to further His Kingdom.   Our confidence is in the Lord, and in Him alone. The moral of the story is, whatever you do, as you serve the Lord in life, have your peace in Him, the Lord of the Universe.  He is definitely the MOST large and the MOST in charge.  All we have to do is follow.

We arrived home Monday night, quite late, after a 7 1/2 hr layover in Salt Lake City.  Long story….could’ve made an earlier stand-by flight, but in praying, we just felt the Holy Spirit say ‘stay’.  We weren’t sure why.  But we seemed to have a divine connection with our waiter, at the airport restaurant.  When we got back home, our late night Lyft driver was from Iran.  We were able to talk a bit about what we do in worship and in compassion and about the Lord. They both seemed to take it in.  It was fun for Wayne and I, I think, to go back to our roots a  little, and be in ‘street evangelism’ mode.  That’s how we came to fall in love many years ago, so doing this trip together was special in that way.  

One last story from our sojourn in the Badlands.  Along the way, we picked a spot to stop, trudged up to the top of a hill overlooking the valley, and went into worship and prayer over the land and the people.  As we were worshiping, we heard a sound across the valley, coming from a distant hill.  We recognized a Native American song/chant and saw a young man at a great distance, dancing and praying.  Wayne felt impressed to drive over where he was, to speak with him.  He was a young man looking for his way.  He wanted to tell us that a sweat lodge would show ‘us’ our way.  But we know who the TRUE Way is, right??!! Before we drove over to see him, as we watched him finishing up his song and dance, I lifted my voice, again, and began to sing and proclaim over the land, and into the atmosphere, that JESUS IS LORD!! I know those words are ringing out over the Dakota badlands, and thru the heavens. And His Word does not come back void.   Ever!!!

On the Mexico front things are going fairly well. We have been getting incredible truck loads of food. Although there was a glitch with Mexican agriculture customs last week, and our colleague got refused entry. But the Lord made way for Wayne to get in just an hour later.   

VOB News September 2019 “Boots on the ground”

Carol and Betsy praying over the Badlands on the Pine Ridge Rez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of those ‘suddenlies’ came about this month, when a friend told me about an intercessors gathering on Pine Ridge reservation. I was able to fly out on short notice, and head out to the reservation with friends Betsy and Layne Moeller, to help lead worship at a gathering of the “Seven Council Fires” intercessors. Though small in number, these folks are mighty in the Lord.  Our leader asked us to please pray for unity amongst the people of the reservations, as unity will lead to more concerted prayer, and true change on the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota reservations.

After 400 years of missions to the First Nations people of North America, the percentage of Native people who are Christians, is still so small.  Our brothers and sisters are laboring hard for their own people to come to know Jesus. Being with them, and working alongside in their communities, through worship and prayer is such a joy! Hearing their stories, always clarifies to me, how the Lord is leading VOB, to be a part of this movement.

I often hear stories of how believers are persecuted in their own communities for following Jesus, which is considered to be the ‘white man’s religion’.  They are staying strong, and continue to faithfully follow the Lord in their own reservations. There IS a profound shift among First Nations, at the moment, as leaders are being raised up to bring the Gospel to their own people, and help them grow in Christ. We ask you to continue to pray for guidance, and open doors for VOB, as we look to follow the Lord in assisting both our First Nations, as well as our Mexican friends. 

One quick story:  Norma Blacksmith (in photo above), Lakota elder, and leader of this intercessors gathering, told me that for several years, she gathered these leaders and intercessors from the various reservations, to come together for teaching and to report on what the Lord is doing on their reservations.  Norma told me that, in the past, not one of the leaders would get up and share.  They were too timid, and didn’t see a lot going on in their home areas.  This time, however, 8 of the 9 reservations in South Dakota were represented, and each person got up and shared what the Lord is doing on their land, giving reports of how the Lord is moving.

Carol at “the falls” of Sioux Falls South Dakota

Norma saw this as a massive breakthrough, and a true testimony as to how the Holy Spirit is moving.  I believe it is also testimony to how the Lord is answering the prayers of His people during the 9 reservation prayer journey you supported in June!

The landscape is changing, and we are forever thankful for YOU, for being a part of our own journey.  GOD bless you dear friends and thank you!

 

 

 


Wayne attended the Living Waters International Summit in Kansas City with our friends at Desert Stream this past month. He got to see some old friends and made a few new ones of LW leaders from around the world. Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Chile, French New Guenea, France, New Zealand, South Africa. These leaders are doing extraordinary things among very broken people in their lands. So honored to encourage them in prayer and support. And also honored to receive prayer as one ministering in Latin America! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Another KC highlight was getting to spend an evening with our friends at Hope City and sharing the Tijuana ministry at their Monday night service. This was mostly an opportunity to thank them for praying for us in their downtown prayer room each month and for their faithful monthly support.

 


 

 

After the Summit, as planned, Wayne packed up Keith Green archives and drove them back West. “California here we come…right back where we started from” was among many tunes in his head for the 23 hour drive straight through the night. It was a good time with an old friend (of 30 years) sharing life stories and listening to some good classic Christian rock from back in the day. A sizable portion of the memorabilia is now safely tucked away in a new climate controlled storage unit in Hollywood. Melody (photo left) was very grateful and we are so honored and humbled to take part in preserving such important history from 40 years ago and since. 

 

 


Speaking of history. By the time you read this,  Carol and team will have led worship at another important commemorative event recently Saturday September 28th. She lead two sets including one tag teaming with Melody Green. “Meet Me at the Tent,” commemorates the 70th anniversary of Billy Graham’s Los Angeles crusades, in 1949. This original crusade had been originally scheduled for 3 weeks but ran into 8 weeks when more than 350,000 people continued to attend. With 3,000 new commitments to Christ. You really should google this historic event. It is fascinating how many stories are connected to this move of the Lord 70 years ago.  We were honored to be a part of this special event, held on the same physical site, which is focusing on seeing people come to the Lord.  And thought the numbers of attendees were not as many as hoped for, there were 250 new believers! And that is all that counts!!