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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 

[Above stats from re-member.org]

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VOB News October 2017 “No Words”

As our 15 person, Awaken the Dawn team ‘debriefed’, ‘no words’ was the phrase everyone kept sharing, over and over.  We were all stunned, not only by the event itself, but also by the unity and joy each person on the team felt, as we worshiped and met believers from all over. Ours, was a team comprised of people from CA, NC, VA, and New Hampshire, First Nations people, and others. We came together at this place and time, to worship the Lord, along with hundreds and hundreds of other believers…..to honor Jesus, with love & humility in our nations capital.  For three straight days, 57 tents, both large & small, were filled with singers, musicians, dancers, artists, intercessors & others, who were interested in only one thing: to honor GOD.

I’m not sure I could ever really convey how ATD was. I’ll try to give a few details: For over 10 blocks, from the Capitol building to the Washington Monument, every state had a tent which represented them, along with 7 large tents representing Israel, student worship, and various regions of the USA. Our team led worship in the CA state tent, Western regional tent, Israel Alliance tent (2x), David’s Tent (see below), and assisted in the NY state tent. Worship went on in every tent from Friday night, through Monday morning.  There were people praying for others everywhere.  Laughter, tears, joy & celebration, intercession for our nation, spilled out of each tent. For myself, walking around late one night, passing tent after tent, seeing one person here, or 5 people there, just lost in worship of our King….again….no words.   At times, it was overwhelming. Every moment,  I was so happy that we had the privilege of being a part of such a beautiful undertaking. Our VOB team was awesome. And we thank YOU, a million times over, for helping us get there! We trust that change for the better will happen in the USA, after so many gathered together to stand in unity & praise to the Lord. Let’s press in for that!

I’ll leave you with one (and there were many) awesome story: as our group led worship in “David’s Tent”, (a 24 hr worship gathering on the ‘Mall’, which has been going on in DC for 2 years), the presence of GOD was so thick. Every person in the tent, was worshiping.  A staff member told me afterwards, that 2 men from Saudi Arabia had wandered into the tent, during our set, having heard the music. This staff member was able to lead these men to the Lord!!!!! He said they were so open to Jesus.

 

The presence of the One True GOD, His love and His mercy, were just so apparent in that place. That’s what it’s all about: worshipping the King of kings and being a part of His presence, as He touches hearts and brings them into HIS Kingdom. Amen…….Blessed be the Lord!!

Check out our live Facebook public video links below:

Israel Alliance Tent

Western Region Tent

David’s Tent

New York Tent

Israel Alliance Tent #2

Event stats update: 50,000 people and 1,600 worship teams from all 50 states, gathered and offered up 2850 combined hours of worship and prayer in 58 tents around the clock for three days on our National Mall. 4 million people across the globe participated and heard the gospel LIVE on Facebook – prayers were answered, people were healed, and thousands of lives were impacted and forever changed.