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VOB News May 2017 “…by the pallet”

We are blessed every week by a local health care organization, which shares  non-perishable food from their private food bank. We get food by the pallet, sometimes 2-4 pallets a week! Wayne met the founder/director while sitting on a coalition panel, among other local organization heads, for spreading awareness on human trafficking. You just never know how the Lord will provide when you are obedient to do what He gives you passion for. We also deliver food to a ‘women with children’ shelter (domestic violence and trafficking victims) in Tijuana which was a connection from this same coalition.

Border update:

It’s been awhile since we reported on how things are going with Mexican customs. As you know, we were experiencing great favor with the new 2nd in command, who not only secured that we paid the lower import fee, but also paved the way for us to really be known by many of the agents. This gained us faster access in crossing. However, in keeping with the usual process, her assignment came to an end, and she was transferred to another location.

When border crossing was simpler….maybe

We were concerned what that might mean for us. The new boss came with greater favor! He has not met with us, but seems to have a heart for the poor, and waived the customs fee for now! There are occasions when we have to pay, if our load is slightly larger than normal. But this has been a wonderful blessing on the budget, although we know that it might be for just a season. We still are restricted from bringing produce, uncooked meat and dairy products. This is unfortunate, as we get so much of that donated, and there is such great need for nutrition and protein.      SO let’s get that pushed to the top of the agenda in prayer!

IN WORSHIP NEWS: 

Good friends in Tijuana, Jesus and Josephina, invited us to share in their wedding vows done “by a minister”. They had been married by a judge years prior, but wanted to testify of the Lord’s work in their lives and current ministry. They asked Carol to play a song or two. But in keeping with good “go with the flow in Mexico,” Carol ended up playing worship, while the bride walked in. (when the finger gets pointed at you to play – you play!!)
Our dear friend Melody Green (left of Carol), came to visit us after we met for her board of directors meeting. She shared, after Carol led us in worship, on being purposeful in our sharing of Christ. She reflected from her rich history, but more so her every day life, and simple ways, we can all show Christ love.

 

 

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VOB News March 2016 “Worship among the Nations…Compassion over the border”

“Worship”

January & February were ‘suddenly’ months for VoB worship!  It ‘suddenly’ came up that we were able to go to 4 different reservations in Southern California, all within 2 hours drive of San Diego, for worship and prayer.  We were able to go to Soboba reservation, 2 hrs north, San Pasquale reservation, here in east San Diego, and Morongo reservation, near Palm Springs.  On the 4th reservation, Pala, here in San Diego, we went simply to be with friends & hear a special speaker who was sharing at the Pala Lighthouse church.  What a privilege and honor to spend time in worship & prayer for the First Nations people, on their own land.  The beauty of this, is that it wasn’t just ‘white’ people, or Native Americans, but it was ALL of us, working together, singing, praying, playing, eating, dancing together, all to further the Kingdom of GOD in this earth.  In addition to that, even though we’ve struggled to get food across the border to Mexico, we have been able to deliver several large truckloads of food to our friends on the San Pasquale reservation.  They, in turn, have been able to bless many, many needy families on that and other reservations. Isn’t GOD awesome?!!

This year, 2016, and onward, we hope to have more of these opportunities.  Southern California is home to more reservations than anywhere else in the country.  We have many First Nations friends who are seeking the Lord for their people.  We’re honored to be able to stand alongside them, seeking the Lord for the original inhabitants of the land.  Please continue to lift up these endeavors, as we have several possibilities coming up.

“and we know that GOD causes all things to work together for good to those who love GOD, to those who are called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28

“Compassion”

Thank you for all of your prayers and support through our recent border crossing issues. Some things have progressed along. We still do not have our normal favor extended to us, as we are not able to cross as much food as we were crossing. We are still collecting the food every day, but unfortunately are limited as to how much and what specifically we can take in. The loads have to be smaller, but the fees are 5 times higher than before! So we have also had to decrease how many times we cross, to better steward finances spent at customs. We’re believing things will get better soon.

On a positive note, we have had an amazing response from agencies on the south side of the border, who have stepped up to help us get the food to those who need it.  Our partner, Greg, had a meeting with the municipal social services of Tijuana. They still have permission to bring donations from the U.S., through Mexican customs. But we had been unsuccessful in convincing them to collect and deliver the MannaPack Rice (healthy meals, formulated with nutrition for malnourishment) we take in. A great blessing occurred, when we recently acquired the Tijuana Chief of Police to champion for our team! She got the social services department to bring in the food. She believes that fighting hunger can lead to less crime. The chief has even come to our outreaches, along with her entourage of body guards, 2nd in command, and officers. We anticipate greater favor to come. 12794909_470162423188780_1529784491861722580_o

All in all we continue to say, GOD is bigger, and He will be glorified throughout all of this! 12832359_469696753235347_273288152939889138_n

Thank you for your prayers and continuing to stand with us, as we fight for the cause of the needy.

Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.” Psalm 82:3