VOB News January 2022 “Reflections & Gratitude”

From the desk of VOB…

Dear Friends;

Hope you have had a blessed new year so far. This time of year is always a good time to reflect our past year and think upon the year to come. We always wrap up the holidays by also celebrating our wedding anniversary on January 3rd (29 years this go-round). This month also completed 25 years of full time ministry. Many of you have tracked with us through these two decades and a half filled with adventures in the Lord in one way or another. Long before social media and the internet as we we now know it, we didn’t even have a computer much less a website or an email. We did have a Brother Word Processor (remember those?) that we used for writing papers in Bible College.  Through all the progression this is our 243rd newsletter!! (I’m a date and numbers guy – ha!)  When we left North Carolina in January 1996, to embark upon full time ministry, we would never have known that the roles we play would change a number of times through the years. But we always knew we would be serving whether by demonstrating or communicating the Gospel in one way or another. It became clear that our supporter base, support who we are and trust what we commit our lives to doing. 

These past few months, while serving Carol’s family through their greatest health crisis yet experienced, have been no different. We were beyond humbled and grateful to our VOB board of directors who agreed on our indefinite break from work in San Diego, as we remained in Virginia helping with family. And there is no less gratefulness and humility, than for the ongoing and faithfully consistent support from our team. YOU.  Even before these recent months, throughout this pandemic, we have never once lacked the resources needed to carry out the work we have been entrusted to do. After preparing tax receipts this month, we are reminded that this season in our ministry has been no exception. The Lord, and your faithfulness completely astounds us.

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All this to say THANK YOU! We truly thank the Lord for you, and the honor to serve together with you, just as Paul, speaking to the Phillipian church, ascribed he and Timothy’s sentiment; 

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good    work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”  [Philippians 1:3-6]

We could have never known we would have taken this unofficial sabbatical, nor known how faithful our supporters would remain, how consistent our team in San Diego/Tijuana would continue, and how the Lord would open new doors for connecting with Native Americans during this time. Faithful support afforded provision to our partners in Tijuana to ensure that food was distributed; one of VOB’s fully sponsored college students graduated from nursing school; an entire house was built (we can’t wait to return and visit the family in); Opportunities to link with Native American leaders in Georgia and Pennsylvania – and plans to connect more perhaps along the drive back west very soon. 

As we start to close our suitcases, that we have been living out of, and pack up the truck, we go with a father’s blessing. Carol’s dad told each of us he was proud along with a very intentional blessing before he passed. Later, Wayne had somewhat of a visitation time with the Lord where the Lord gave him a personal connection, or revelation if you will, that our Heavenly Father really does watch over us. Somehow knowing that Carol’s father is there with Him now, made that real in the most profound way! Our Father says well done to each of us!  Love Wayne & Carol

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