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VOB News September 2018 “VOB goes to Washington…again”

Two years ago, Carol attended a first of it’s kind event in Washington DC. It was called Alltribes DC First Nations National Day of Prayer. At this event, First Nations leaders from around our nation, read a proclamation granting forgiveness to our nation, for the atrocities committed against Native American peoples.  This was a powerful moment, as a people group forgave, and chose to move forward.

Last year, you may remember VOB took a team to participate in 3 days of around the clock worship on the National Mall in Washington, including leading a session at the 24/7 tent of worship, called David’s Tent.

This year, Alltribes DC and David’s Tent are merging, for a week of 24/7 First Nations worship, and the National Day of Prayer. All of this will take place on the National Mall, just blocks from Capitol Hill, the White House, Supreme Court, and Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington Memorials.  We are happy to announce that we are taking a team once again, this Nov. 7-11!

VOB is super excited to be able to bring a diverse team of worship leaders, intercessors, and artists, to lead worship, pray and build relationship with people from around our country. Last year, when leading worship at David’s Tent, 2 Muslim men came in while we were leading worship, and gave their hearts to the Lord!  We hope to see this again happening, as we lead worship in a very public place, in the heart of our nation’s capitol.  In addition, Carol is helping coordinate teams for the duration of the event.  This is especially dear to her heart, as she meets Native Americans from around the country, and supports them in standing for their people to come to know the Lord.  We could not be more honored to be assisting in this historic week in DC!!! 

We don’t mention funds all that often, although we know last month we did ask you to consider sponsoring our 2 young girls to college. It just so happens that these needs have come back to back. This is why we are feeling the need for a financial push over our normal monthly budget. We really need your support to help us meet these goals. Would you consider giving a special offering to help us? 

And please pray with us, as we prepare our team travels. There is a lot that needs to come together, but not too much for the Lord, and not with you on our team!!   

If you are interested in more information, you can check out the following websites for a broader explanation of these events:    www.alltribesdc.org  or  www.davidstentdc.org  

“… and behold a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb …” 

[Revelation 7:9a]

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VOB News June 2018 “South Dakota bound”

We need your prayers!!!  Recently, VOB was invited to bring a worship team to Pine Ridge reservation, in South Dakota, to lead worship and prayer at a series of camp meetings. As we accepted the invitation, the organizers decided they also wanted to add different sessions of outdoor worship on the land, as well as a downtown outreach for the residents of Pine Ridge! I had literally been praying for such an opportunity, right before I received the invitation!

I’d like to share a couple of thoughts regarding Pine Ridge: If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “Bury my heart at Wounded Knee”, the infamous ‘Wounded Knee’ massacre, occurred here in 1890, essentially ending the major wars between the US government, and the Native American people. The land was taken from the Lakota (as in so many other instances), and the people were shuttled onto reservations, which they were rarely allowed to leave, causing starvation and dependence on the government for provision (something they had never needed). Pine Ridge is home to the Oglala Lakota people, of the Great Plains, and is the 7th largest reservation in the country, with a population between 18,000 and 19,000 people.  Many people consider Pine Ridge to be ground zero for the issues facing Native America. The poverty rate is extremely high on Pine Ridge, with an estimate of 85% of the people being unemployed. The school drop out rate is 70%, and there is only an estimated 28% of people having attained a high school or GED diploma. The Oglala tribe, says that infant mortality among the people is 300% higher than the US average, and the teen suicide rate on the reservation is 150% higher than the US rate.  I was stunned to find that the life expectancy for men on the reservation is 47 years old, and for women, 55.  Two of the 5 poorest counties in the USA, are located on Pine Ridge Reservation.

Yet, there is more going on at Pine Ridge, than just ‘statistics’.  Among the people, are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, men and women, who desperately want to see salvation and healing come to their people.  They want to see the calling of GOD restored to the Lakota, and to see healing come to communities, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Many have gone to lend a hand on the reservation. Believers have been standing strong for decades, and inroads to salvation are coming. 

We feel deeply privileged and honored to be able to partner with our brothers and sisters in the Lord on Pine Ridge, to come together and worship GOD, praying and interceding ‘onsight’, that the land and Lakota nation might be changed for the glory of the Lord. We can’t wait to go!!! Please join us in prayer, as we prepare for the journey, July 11-15. Your prayer support for our families, and the trip, will be greatly needed.  We will need to make a long drive from the Denver airport, to the reservation. As well, we are in need of raising support to send the team, with airfare, hotel and car rental expenses.  So if you’d be interested in giving towards the trip, you can give on our donate tab . 

As you know, our VOB mandate, is to serve those in need ‘among the nations’ with worship, and compassion.  Would you support us, as we go to South Dakota? We need YOU!   As the Lord continues to open doors to partner with First Nations in North America, all we can say is “Thank You Lord….and all for Your glory”!!!!    Blessings, Wayne & Carol 

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