VOB News September 2019 “Boots on the ground”

Carol and Betsy praying over the Badlands on the Pine Ridge Rez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of those ‘suddenlies’ came about this month, when a friend told me about an intercessors gathering on Pine Ridge reservation. I was able to fly out on short notice, and head out to the reservation with friends Betsy and Layne Moeller, to help lead worship at a gathering of the “Seven Council Fires” intercessors. Though small in number, these folks are mighty in the Lord.  Our leader asked us to please pray for unity amongst the people of the reservations, as unity will lead to more concerted prayer, and true change on the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota reservations.

After 400 years of missions to the First Nations people of North America, the percentage of Native people who are Christians, is still so small.  Our brothers and sisters are laboring hard for their own people to come to know Jesus. Being with them, and working alongside in their communities, through worship and prayer is such a joy! Hearing their stories, always clarifies to me, how the Lord is leading VOB, to be a part of this movement.

I often hear stories of how believers are persecuted in their own communities for following Jesus, which is considered to be the ‘white man’s religion’.  They are staying strong, and continue to faithfully follow the Lord in their own reservations. There IS a profound shift among First Nations, at the moment, as leaders are being raised up to bring the Gospel to their own people, and help them grow in Christ. We ask you to continue to pray for guidance, and open doors for VOB, as we look to follow the Lord in assisting both our First Nations, as well as our Mexican friends. 

One quick story:  Norma Blacksmith (in photo above), Lakota elder, and leader of this intercessors gathering, told me that for several years, she gathered these leaders and intercessors from the various reservations, to come together for teaching and to report on what the Lord is doing on their reservations.  Norma told me that, in the past, not one of the leaders would get up and share.  They were too timid, and didn’t see a lot going on in their home areas.  This time, however, 8 of the 9 reservations in South Dakota were represented, and each person got up and shared what the Lord is doing on their land, giving reports of how the Lord is moving.

Carol at “the falls” of Sioux Falls South Dakota

Norma saw this as a massive breakthrough, and a true testimony as to how the Holy Spirit is moving.  I believe it is also testimony to how the Lord is answering the prayers of His people during the 9 reservation prayer journey you supported in June!

The landscape is changing, and we are forever thankful for YOU, for being a part of our own journey.  GOD bless you dear friends and thank you!

 

 

 


Wayne attended the Living Waters International Summit in Kansas City with our friends at Desert Stream this past month. He got to see some old friends and made a few new ones of LW leaders from around the world. Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Chile, French New Guenea, France, New Zealand, South Africa. These leaders are doing extraordinary things among very broken people in their lands. So honored to encourage them in prayer and support. And also honored to receive prayer as one ministering in Latin America! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Another KC highlight was getting to spend an evening with our friends at Hope City and sharing the Tijuana ministry at their Monday night service. This was mostly an opportunity to thank them for praying for us in their downtown prayer room each month and for their faithful monthly support.

 


 

 

After the Summit, as planned, Wayne packed up Keith Green archives and drove them back West. “California here we come…right back where we started from” was among many tunes in his head for the 23 hour drive straight through the night. It was a good time with an old friend (of 30 years) sharing life stories and listening to some good classic Christian rock from back in the day. A sizable portion of the memorabilia is now safely tucked away in a new climate controlled storage unit in Hollywood. Melody (photo left) was very grateful and we are so honored and humbled to take part in preserving such important history from 40 years ago and since. 

 

 


Speaking of history. By the time you read this,  Carol and team will have led worship at another important commemorative event recently Saturday September 28th. She lead two sets including one tag teaming with Melody Green. “Meet Me at the Tent,” commemorates the 70th anniversary of Billy Graham’s Los Angeles crusades, in 1949. This original crusade had been originally scheduled for 3 weeks but ran into 8 weeks when more than 350,000 people continued to attend. With 3,000 new commitments to Christ. You really should google this historic event. It is fascinating how many stories are connected to this move of the Lord 70 years ago.  We were honored to be a part of this special event, held on the same physical site, which is focusing on seeing people come to the Lord.  And thought the numbers of attendees were not as many as hoped for, there were 250 new believers! And that is all that counts!!

 

 

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