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VOB News August 2017 “Angie Graduates”

Wayne with Angie on her graduation day.

Who remembers their high school graduation?  I sure remember mine! In fact, I was reminded this past June, that it was 30 years ago! Graduation is certainly a turning point in one’s life.  And it surely was that for our young friend, Angelica. You have heard of her a few times, through the years. She was the 11 year old girl, who had a cancerous tumor appear just over her right eye. You helped us support her through her treatments.  Thank the Lord, she has gotten a clean bill of health, every check up, for the past 7 years!

Angie with her dad just after she was released from the hospital after the tumor was removed.

You have also helped us assist in sending her to private school the last 3 years, after her public school held a lottery (due to overcrowding), and she did not make the cut.  Angie really blossomed in private school, and was so eager to finish well.

 

I was honored to be at her graduation this past month (the only “whetto” or white guy in the crowd), to celebrate with her family. It wasn’t until I sat there, as each graduate walked the stage, that I realized just how much of an opportunity she has been given, with the education she received.  As I witnessed the grand ceremony of the many other achievers, alongside Angie, the thought occurred to me, that there may have been a greater purpose for her not making that lottery in public school.

Angie with her nursing school registration acceptance letter.

 

Angelica plans to continue her education, by going to nursing school, perhaps desiring to help in the medical field where she once was helped, as a young girl. She has started a job which she plans to work for 6 months, in order to save money for when she will start nursing school in February. We plan to continue sponsoring her through nursing school, and have already paid her registration. Soon, we will find out what the monthly tuition will be. Please let us know if you would like to help sponsor Angie. We know she is going to be one who will make a difference, and beat the odds of the socio-economy around her.

 

AWAKEN THE DAWN 2017:

48 straight hours of around the clock worship, outreach, evangelism, all in the heart of Washington, D.C.  In this day and hour, with all the chaos going on in our nation, surely two straight days of love, and honoring Jesus in the capitol of our country, will make a difference!  VOB is fielding a diverse team of people from around the country, including First Nations friends. There is so much anger & protesting going on in our nation.  So much division & hate.  This is a chance for the worship arm of VOB to contribute to bringing the love of Jesus & the peace of GOD; to join in unity with people from all backgrounds, nations & races, bringing something that offers hope and the presence of the Lord. Would you consider assisting us, as we continue to raise the funds to send a team? Thank you to those of you who have responded. We hope to hear from more of you. We are not quite half way covered, so far, and any amount would help!  Also, please continue to pray for us, as we prepare.  We will be leading worship on 5 different occasions. To get further information about ATD, or if you are interested in participating, http://www.awakenthedawn.org

 

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VOB News October 2016 “Live from the ANNA Call”

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Follow up from this months busy events:

The ANNA Call, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. 

You have undoubtedly heard, at some point in your life, about the Trail of Tears. This was the time in 1839, when the Cherokee nation, and several other tribes in the southern United States, were forcibly removed from their own homelands, to what was then called “Indian Territory” in the area of Oklahoma. Many thousands died along the way, with the hardships they suffered. The area called Tahlequah, was pretty much ‘ground zero’, for where the tribes ended up.

The ANNA Call, was a huge worship and prayer event, gathering tribal people, and many others, to fast, pray and worship the Lord, on the land at the end of the Trail of Tears.  Many hundreds gathered together for the day long prayer portion on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8am to 8pm. Our part was to support our friend, Joseph,  in leading traditional First Nations worship, as well as lead in worship & reading the Bible over then land and people.

You can watch a few live recorded videos we have from the event at these links: 1)Repentance 2) Abba Drum Dance 3) The Elders  4) 120 Drums and the Round Dance 5) Revolution – Prayers of the generations

img_2296In addition to that, I (Carol) had the chance to pray a Moravian blessing over the proceedings.  I’ve been doing quite a bit of research on my family ‘roots’, and have discovered a plethora of Moravian people in my lineage.  I found out that I am a descendant of the same family line of one of the missionaries who served the Cherokee in Georgia, as well as in Oklahoma, when they were removed from the east. It was truly my honor to stand and pray for the Moravian heritage of prayer, worship, and missions, to come forth once again, among the First Nations people of North America.  WOW!  I feel so blessed! You can hear this small piece of Moravian history and prayer of blessing by watching the video recorded live from the ANNA Call – HERE: Rekindling the fire of worship!

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Arise Youth Camp: Soboba reservation.

Leading worship at the Arise youth camp (see YouTube videos below), on Soboba reservation, was wonderfully inspirational.  Seeing the enthusiasm the youth had for Jesus was kind of mind blowing, really.  The kids were SO in love with Jesus & really on fire for Him.  They worshiped with real abandon, and shared a few stories about prior youth camps, where they were really touched by the Lord, to be an instrument for His glory in the earth.  We had a great time leading worship, and so appreciated the joy and energy the kids brought. At the end of the camp, Wayne and I sat down to eat dinner with some of the elders. We listened intently, as the elders shared stories of how the Lord is moving among First Nations tribes in the U.S. We heard about trips some of them have taken to North Dakota, to support all the tribes assembled there, who are standing for their rights on the Dakota pipeline issue. The love and care these elders were bringing to their own people, in the Name of Jesus, was truly amazing. They realized the issue was less about the actual pipeline, than it was about just loving people in the Name of the Lord. Afterwards, Wayne and I made the 2 hour drive back home to San Diego.  As we sat in the car, driving off the reservation, we both just marveled that we had had this opportunity to sit with Native American elders, and listen to their stories. “How did we get there” we asked ourselves.  Only through the grace of GOD.  We are privileged to be able to minister and share worship, prayer, food and friendship with our friends.  What a joyous and meaningful time.  YouTube videos below are from the ARISE Camp Meeting.

Thank you so much for standing in the gap for us, as we participated in these beautiful gatherings.  Next month we will report from  Washington DC, where another large First Nations gathering on the mall in DC is taking place Oct. 21.  This Alltribes DC event promises to be historic, as the Native American people come together to walk in forgiveness toward our US government, in spite of the many broken treaties over the decades. And for sure, our nation needs lots and lots of prayer at this critical election time!! GOD bless YOU!!