VOB News April 2019 “South Dakota Tribes”

We brought back to San Diego, for our new front lawn, the sign made famous near our hometown in NC. Perfect time for the season! Thank You JESUS!!

Dear friends, how was your Easter week? Ours was blessed. And always, as probably for you too, a time of conflicting reflection of both grief and gratitude for what our Lord Jesus suffered for our redemption.

First, we want to take a moment to once again, acknowledge and thank the Lord for the prior answers to prayer, in our last newsletter.  Then, we’d like to ask if you would hunker down with us in prayer on a couple of ‘big deal’ kind of items:

In November, we received an invitation to come out to South Dakota in the summer, and do worship & prayer on all 9 reservations in the state.  Yes, NINE!!!  This is an amazing invitation and such a huge honor to be asked to carry the fire of worship and prayer to the Great Sioux nation. The Seven Council Fires, (collectively known as the Great Sioux Nation), have a history which is somewhat familiar to many of us, particularly the Battle of Little Bighorn, and the Wounded Knee Massacre. However, there is so much more to the people than just the stories you may know. The Sioux nation covers such a vast amount of land,  originally including territory in Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and parts of Canada.  Today, there are over 20 Sioux reservations in the US and Canada. In South Dakota alone, there are nine.  We will be flying to SD in June, around the 22nd, traveling daily to each reservation doing worship and prayer, as well as encouraging the people, then traveling on to the next place, the next day and doing the same.  We return to San Diego around June 30.  This is a daunting task, and our hosts are really committed to seeing breakthru come for their people, through worship and prayer. So if you would ‘gird up your loins’, so to speak, and really dig in, in prayer for us, as well as the team in SD, as we all prepare, make arrangements, communicate and sort things out, we would ALL be so appreciative.

Here is a list of the 9 reservations we will be going to:

Pine Ridge-Oglala Sioux Tribe (a return from last summer)

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Yankton Sioux Tribe

Again, we are so incredibly honored to be partnering with our First Nations friends, and are looking forward to serving them this summer.  But we can’t do it without YOU! We cannot stress enough, how prayer support makes the difference between a very rocky, unplowed road, and a much smoother, plowed road.  Would you add your shoulder to the wheel in this endeavor? If you’d like to receive specific email updates with prayer requests, please let us know, and we will add you to the list.  We would like to create regular updates, as people follow the preparation and travel, knowing that we are all in this together.  

We would also like to ask you to please include our physical health in your prayers. We both have had greater aches and pains recently most likely due to our extra physical activities and some underlying issues (also a need for prayer). We just need our bodies to keep up with our hearts desires for the Kingdom. Maybe we don’t ask for personal health prayer often enough, so we could use some extra gas on that fire, right now, for good health & safety!! 

We have some cool stories, next month, from our compassion arm in Mexico. 

GOD bless YOU, and thank you for helping us make a difference in the world!! Wayne & Carol

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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