VOB News July/August 2021 “Personal mini sabbatical”

Greetings from Virginia, friends. And a very warm, muggy Virginia greeting, we might add, not the sunny, mild, and cool pacific breeze we are used to. Thanks for praying for Carol and her folks. (an update from previous prayer requests below) This has been an up and down situation which has proven to be difficult to provide proper care.  It was, however, enough to convince me (Wayne) that help was needed. And after 4 nights and 4 days of driving West to East coast we are together once again. So for now we are on a mini sabbatical serving Carol’s folks during this health crisis. We believe that, after 67 years of marriage caring for one another, they deserve it !!!

This got me thinking of the old african proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”.  Like our present situation, much is not only accomplished, but also brings about encouragement, with help in greater numbers. The same can be said with what we do day to day, in the Mexico ministry. It’s hard to even imagine doing it without our village. A couple of months ago, we shared about the ministries that we help, with your partnership,  and support.  But we also have a half dozen ministries that sow back in to VOB. The really humbling thing is that many of these, much larger ministries even,  not only serve the poor, but in greater capacity. Honestly, this is so very encouraging to us, and is a ‘shot in the arm’ (no present day pun intended), if you will.   Several of these organizations who support VOB, provide incredible services and resources to the marginalized around San Diego, including veterans, refugees, and the terminally ill. Some of these organizations are not even faith based. And yet, VOB has found favor among them, and they provide us with incredible truck loads of food and basic needs each week for Tijuana. Many of you have seen first hand these loads, whether volunteering with us in person, or via photos on social media, and our newsletters. If not, you will have to take our word for it, because we don’t have our home office color printer packed in our suitcases at this time! 

Also among our contributors, of course, are many more of you who respond to our social media campaigns for sponsoring school education, kids clothing needs, vehicle repairs and so much more. 

We are just blessed, and incredibly honored to shoulder together with the co-laborers in our village, and we hope to encourage and lift one another’s arms as well. Including you! Thank you for your continued prayers for us, W & C

Earlier last month (JULY) we needed to send out a quick prayer ask for our family. Carol’s dad got really sick and ended up in the hospital, where he has been now for a month. Carol has been there in Virginia for 3 weeks, helping her folks. Needless to say it has been a difficult time for all. His heart level stats have improved, but some effects from getting sick, including being in a bed for so long, have lingered. He is presently in the hospital rehab attempting to regain his strength, and ability to get around. Could we ask you to prayer for these things please: 

1) medical team wisdom and better communication among them and family. 

2) that fluid built up in his body can be addressed without affecting his heart.

3) strength increased for him to be able to safely stand and walk. 

4) rest and restoration for Carol, mom and sis.

5) total clarity for his ongoing care.

6) that her mom will stay healthy and able as well.

7) prayer for Carol and I as we are apart managing everything

Thank you in advance for shouldering these prayer needs with us.  Next month we look forward to giving a praise report. And we will catch you up with all thats been going on in VOB world of worship and compassion. Love Wayne & Carol

VOB News January 2017 “Moments from 2016”


15073429_10210865528579390_1352006200006507208_n2016 brought some exciting moments of “worship & compassion” . Read through and see if you can keep up.
Worship on the Muckleshoot reservation in WA, for a conference. Three days; 7 worship sessions; lives healed, hearts lifted up, and people learned how to worship in culturally relevant ways.

Being part of a heavy hitter intercessory group, in Washington DC for the Alltribes DC gathering.  First Nations standing in agreement to forgive broken treaties & horrific treatment the U.S. Government perpetuated over 200+ years. What an historic gathering….not to mention just being in DC right before the election…yep, that was electric!!


Tahlequah, OK, ANNA Call.  12 straight hours of worship and prayer, with several hundred others, gathered at the central ending point of our national tragedy known as the “Trail of Tears”, was both solemn, and joyful. WOW, this was a big one!!

Youth worshipping at Soboba



Soboba reservation: Arise Youth conference: Watching loads of Native America youth worship the Lord with true passion and abandonment, was sooo inspiring! Even better, all ages gathered together, honoring and respecting each other and sharing together in the Lord – – -priceless!

Spending hours on the phone this year, talking, texting, praying with new First Nations friends, as we heard each others stories and heart’s cry, and praying together…this is where the rubber hits the road in ministry!

Leading worship & prayer at 3 different reservations, all in one month.  New friends, new faces, new places, loads of worship, tons of prayer. Lots of miles & lots of food!!

Thomas….this was a toughie (see August update). Watching Thomas struggle for so very long, before he went home to be with the Lord, well, that wasn’t easy.  But being there for his sister & his son, and officiating at Thomas’ memorial, that was a blessing.

Being able to continue to support one of our adopted families in TJ, who lost their husband and father, as well as supporting the daughter of one of our partner families to continue in school is an honor. We love helping families with basic needs14666300_10154594371273890_7917644160487148333_n

Assisting our Tijuana Partner as he sheltered a hundred-plus refugees from Haiti and Africa. Such an honor and so very humbling to witness my friend use his limited resources, in his own struggling nation, to care for those who have fled from great poverty and dire straights. Unity of the brethren! These guys also came alongside us and served the poor in Tijuana while they waited for their own appointments with US immigration.

Sharing the story & heart of VOB on a major North American radio station Nueva Vida, was quite the day! What a joy to share with literally MILLIONS of listeners, the heart behind VOB.

Getting that much needed breakthru in crossing the border!!!! Lots of blood, sweat and prayers on this one!! Meeting the 2nd in command and the Lord giving great favor with her…An ordeal turned into a blessing. THANK YOU JESUS!!

Gabriel with Wayne @ weekly Tuesday night outreach

Gabriel….maybe we don’t need to say more, but having Gabriel around every day, to serve, lead, hang with & see grow into a mighty man of GOD…well, this highlight will be with us forever.  Wayne has become quite fond of Gabriel and thanks God, for his coming along, every day.