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VOB News April 2017 “Azuza Revival: 111 years later”

“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou was slain, and did purchase for GOD with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation..” Rev. 5:9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On April 9, I was part of a worship team that led worship for the yearly Azusa Fest, in downtown Los Angeles. This gathering celebrates the revival movement known as the Azusa Street revival. I was honored to be a part of the Native American team that led worship at the event, on the historic Azusa street. A little background info, on Azusa Street:
In the city of Los Angeles, in 1906, on a street called Bonnie Brae (coincidentally, the street I grew up on, but in Virginia), a revival movement started that would change millions around the world. This movement, now known as Azusa Street revival, was the catalyst for the growth of the Pentecostal movement around the world, causing a massive missionary movement that sent missionaries around the world to preach the Gospel. The movement grew so fast, that it had to be moved from a house on Bonnie Brae street, to what basically amounted to a barn, on Azusa street, in downtown Los Angeles. It was here that thousands came from around the world, to experience the Holy Spirit, and the call of GOD on their lives. In doing a bit of research on the Azusa street revival, a quote describing the gatherings, from the movement’s Apostolic Faith publication, stood out to me:

“One token of the Lord’s coming is that He is melting all races and nations together, and they are filled with the power and glory of God. He is baptizing by one Spirit into one body and making up a people that will be ready to meet Him when He comes.”

I can honestly say that my experience in being a part of the Native American worship session, at Azusa Fest 2017, was exactly that. I was so impressed at the different nations involved. Native Americans, African Americans, Caucasian, Asian, European people, were all a part of the event. A Ukrainian pastor, shared how he and his wife felt called to move to the USA, to bring the Gospel. I know this blesses the heart of the Lord, when believers come together in unity, and I am super thankful that I got the opportunity to be a small part of this.  His word says it best in the Revelation 5:9 verse above!

140 baskets were delivered Good Friday to the children in Tijuana. Each of these baskets, along with the usual chocolate goodies, contained some practical gifts of socks, or hygiene product. But the most special enclosure, is a personalized card written and colored by a child in San Diego.  Thank you Bridge of Hope San Diego for sharing with us this blessing given to you. We had a wonderful Passover and Holy Week season and pray you did as well.    Love, Wayne & Carol

Remember Angelica? From our reports 7 years ago or so when she had cancer. Not only is she healthy but doing amazing in private school that we sponsor with your help. She is holding her certificate of acceptance in to Nursing School with the Red Cross. We are so proud of her. But our sponsorship just stepped it up a bit as we will need your help, this fall, to fund her schooling. Let us know if you are interested. It is less than you think compared to American standards.

 

 

 

We dedicate this months newsletter to Pastor Johnny Villalobos who joined his Creator after many years of service to Him, his family and to his people of the Kumeyaay Nation on both sides of the border. He will be missed but his smile lives in our hearts and now shines from heaven!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His hat and boots will be hard to fill! But many hearts and lives were made better by his faithfulness!
We had a wonderful recent visit by Carol’s parents celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary! That is an all time event to certainly celebrate!

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