VOB News August 2022 “Pray for Mexico”

Many of you may have been hearing about some recent violence in Tijuana, Mexico. For a decade or more, strife between the drug cartels and Mexican government has been rather quiet in TJ. Unfortunately, the reason behind that, is because the cartels were mostly in control. The recent stir is due to a greater presence of Mexican military, ordered by Mexico City, attempting to flush out corruption. Some recent arrests of high-level cartel leaders, have caused some of the retaliation of arsons and shootings, causing citizens of Tijuana to hunker down in their homes to remain safe. We have not been back across the border since this situation began, until we are assured it is under control and safe again. All of our colleagues, friends and families are safe. They report that the streets have been even eerily quiet. Very unusual in this densely populated city. These battles between cartel and government have continued strongly in other areas of Mexico over the years. It was only a matter of time before the shift to Tijuana, Mexico’s 2nd largest city and border-town, would also be challenged. 

A local NPR article quoted “The drug cartels had flexed their power in Tijuana in a way not seen for more than a decade and reignited fear and debate over who is it that really wields influence in the country: the government or the gangs.” Read the full article at this link.

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/20/1118420516/mexico-cartel-drug-violence-tijuana-border

We had already been seeing more Mexican National Guard at customs, while declaring our trucks of food. This process has become a hassle once again, as a new administrator overseeing declarations is requiring different paperwork, and the usual red tape to acquire. Of course, both of these matters could use some prayer for our work in Tijuana to continue as it has been, for 15 straight years now. We continue to provide funds to our partners there for food, transport costs, and school sponsorships, as we administrate from this side of the border. 

The last time we crossed the border, we took in cases of Spanish/English Bibles. A young couple we had been connected to through some hardship circumstances of their own, expressed a desire to reach out to the community where they live now, in Ensenada, Mexico. They desire to visit their neighbors, share their testimony in the Lord, but also wish to gift them with a Bible. They explained to me that they felt it was important to give a Bible that had both English and Spanish, as many they have met, desire to learn English. What better a way than to have them read Scripture, while studying a second language! We wanted to honor this important mission, and quickly purchased Bibles in bulk. I researched the best price as the dual language increases the average cost from $3 each to $10 each. If you would like to sponsor the purchase of more Bibles let us know. Perhaps you could even send a little encouraging message that we can translate and deliver, with the Bible. It is always a blessing to have a personal touch from someone they may never meet. And I assure you, that you, too will be blessed. 

With Melody Green & Kathleen Dillard

Also this past month we joined some friends, and remembered the late Keith Green who, 40 years ago, went to heaven with his 2 small children in a devastating plane crash. If you do not know about Keith & Melody Green, please enrich yourself with a quick google of their names. Decades of ministering to the lost through their ministry, Last Days Ministries, which we serve as board members. Melody has become a very special friend of ours the past 17 years. She has long continued to carry the torch they first started 46 years ago, for the poor, the lost, and the Body of Christ. A special remembrance service was held, where fans from all over the world either joined in person, or live stream, as we worshiped, shared stories, testimonies and the challenge for continuing to win the lost.

Wayne moderated the live stream chat as 700 others joined in, sharing their own stories of how LDM had introduced Jesus to them, and how they are serving the Lord now. It was a real honor to hear testimony after testimony. The Lord is faithful! 

We appreciate your continued prayers for our health and our families’ health, as challenges continue. Also Carol is traveling to South Dakota September 29 – October 3 for a worship and prayer initiative on Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation. Stay tuned for that trips report. Love Wayne & Carol

VOB News August 2019 “Udates”

 

Schooling sponsorships:  Angie is heading back, after a break, to school in one month, Angie continues to work towards her nursing degree. We are super excited to continue sponsoring her, and thank allthose who have contributed. At this time, Jasmine, after completing her 1 year certificate, has decided to take a break, due to the challenge of going to school and working a job to cover her own apartment. Her family home environment grew too difficult for her to remain there.  Daily life in Mexico is a struggle, and difficult choices have to be made.  Our goal is to secure greater consistent sponsorship for her in hopes to get her back on target to finish her degree. We continue to pray for these bold young women.

Hands for life chiropractic:  Our assistance with the Hands for Life chiropractic outreaches has begun, after a yearlong hiatus. Two doctors came down to treat many folks in TJ, who would never otherwise, be able to afford chiropractic care.  Even though they are not able to receive ongoing treatments, just having someone with a kind and loving human touch, is very special.   Men, women, and children, we are happy to see these dear ones cared for and we are thankful to our TJ partners, who help put it all together.

Border crossings:  Things have lightened up a bit, since our last request for prayer.  We never know what might change from week, to week (or even, day to day), with the border, but it has been going pretty smoothly, of late. No extra hassles going through X-ray each time, nor increase in import fees for awhile now. Please keep this favor in prayer!

New shelter: We were made aware of a shelter in need, just last week.  Wayne knew just where to locate it, which, in Tijuana, is not as easy as it sounds. These families are migrants, and have no where to go.  It was our honor to take a load of food to these men, women and children (so many children).  May they truly come to know the real Bread of Life, as they receive bread for their nourishment. Thank you Marisa at BSCC for the heads up!

Shifting food pick-ups:  Although we lost a very large, twice-weekly, bread pick-up, due to a factory relocation, we have been blessed to pick up a new venue, replacing nearly all that we lost! Isn’t GOD awesome?! Thank you Bread and Cie Bakery!

Housing situation: Our personal housing situation has been very intense, these last 3 months, with our dear friends/housemates Jane & Gary, in and out of the hospital, multiple times.  Things seem to be stabilizing now, and we are so grateful.  Please keep all of us in your prayers.

Worship:  we have several worship gatherings on the plate, for the next few months, both in Southern California, and elsewhere.  Once again, we are praying about going to Washington DC, to assist with organizing First Nations worship week at David’s Tent.  With our current political climate, could there ever be too much worship to Jesus? No way!  There are also a few other gatherings in the pipeline. We could use your prayers for direction. 

Travel: By the time you get this, Wayne will have traveled to Kansas City, MO, to be a part of a Living Waters International summit.  He is looking forward to connecting with friends from around the world, who lead Living Waters.  In addition to that, he will be driving a van load of Keith Green memorabilia, on behalf of Last Day’s Ministries.  We serve on the board of LDM and when the topic came up for the archives to be moved from storage in KC, to LA, where Melody Green now lives, it dovetailed nicely with Wayne’s trip. Please pray for Wayne (and his road trip buddy David) in all of these travels! 

Please know that we pray for you, and are super thankful for your support! 

If you have any specific prayer requests, drop us a text or email, and let us know. 

Love and Blessings!  Wayne & Carol 

p.s.  Wayne turned 50 this month. Yes, 50. His birthday wishes (on Facebook) were to help raise the funds needed for final adoption costs of this special little boy, Fred Wayne (his namesake), in the Philippines. Our dear friends David and Hilary Overton, who run the Glory Reborn Clinic in Cebu, had this little guy join their family when he was just a tiny baby living among very sad unavoidable conditions.  Maybe you could help Wayne’s birthday wish come true in both their honor. Whata ya say? Support here: