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VOB News March 2017 “Healing at Standing Rock”

As you may know, the history of the American Indian, or First Nations people of North American, is fraught with pain and suffering. What is widely considered to be the last of the great ‘battles’, of the First Nations people,  the Wounded Knee massacre occurred in December of 1890.  Without going into detail (please research the subject online. It is a sad, but interesting story), the Lakota, or Sioux people, still painfully carry the scars of this battle, over 100 years later. The massacre informs their very lives, still to this day.

However, there are Native American believers, who would like to see healing come to their people, once and for all time, through the Lord Jesus Christ. It was for this reason, that the Healing the Land conference was held on Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.

The decision to go, was  very last minute.  And I felt a prompting from the Lord, to invite my friend, Linda Brees Coffey, to go with me. (I’ve known Linda for many, many years. She is an amazingly gifted prophetic dancer, and just a great friend. She shares her incredible story for you in this newsletter).  I was asked to bring my guitar along. So when I left, I had no idea what I might be doing regarding worship. 

Upon arrival, I was asked to lead the afternoon sessions of worship, which I gladly did. I found the attendee’s so receptive & ready to participate in worship & prayer! Canadian Grand Chief, Lynda Prince, from the Carrier-Sekani nation, brought along with her, 120 handmade drums with Scriptures written on them, for the people to use in the worship times.  Since drumming is both a community effort, and a beautiful & resounding sound, the moments when everyone was worshiping the Lord and playing the hand drums, were quite powerful. Since I usually play with a band, this was one of the few times I led worship alone.  But the Lord was there with me, and I felt so honored to be able to participate in this way.

The talks were designed to encourage people in how to approach bringing healing to their reservations, families and nations.  Thank you for your prayers.  We would ask you also to please continue praying, that doors would continue to open up for us to be able to bring the ‘worship’ arm of VoB, to First Nations believers in North America.

[from Linda]  Carol emailed me a week before she was headed to North Dakota.  She asked me if I would join her in that journey.  After praying 30 minutes or so with my husband, I realized it was not only an invitation from my dear friend Carol, but also, an invitation from GOD. Carol informed me that the Native People have a custom/protocol of gift giving.   The visitors or invited guests, bring gifts to honor the elders, and the local people living on the land in which they are visiting.  I agreed with Carol to bring a gift as well.

I was thinking Starbucks coffee, but when I talked to my husband, he said maybe I should take one of the baskets that was given to his grandfather by the very people Carol and I  were going to  visit. In the 1930’s, my husband Lee`s grandfather, was appointed by Calvin Coolidge to be the superintendent of the Native American reservations among several states, including North and South Dakota, and Nebraska.  We decided that I would take a basket, and also a book that my husband’s grandfather wrote.  “The Wounded Knee Massacre from the Viewpoint of the Sioux” is a documentary written from the stories of direct descendants of the Wounded Knee Massacre.   Grandpa James H. McGregor interviewed  many of them, and recorded in his book, their eye witness accounts, and also the stories  of their descendants.

I didn’t fully realize the significance of this journey with Carol until the last evening, when I was invited to present the basket and book to the elders of the Lakota people.  I was able to tell the story of the intimate friendship that my husband`s  grandfather had among their people.  One of the elders shared the significance of the book, and the true story of what happened to his people at Wounded Knee.

The theme of the whole conference was repentance, forgiveness, and restoration of the relationships of the native and white people, and restoring love and honor for GOD, and for one another.  Somehow the testimony of grandpa McGregor was a timely ingredient in this process.

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VOB News February 2017 “A dab of worship/prayer and a dollop of compassion”

In late January, we had the honor of leading worship & prayer on the Morongo reservation, in Banning, CA.  This reservation is home to the Morongo band of Mission Indians.  It is a beautiful place, not too far from Palm Springs.  The impetus for the gathering, was a family murder which occurred on another Southern California reservation.  These communities are small, and what affects one community, often affects another.  16265312_10154943077943890_7421529121261879264_nAs some of our First Nations friends from out of town were coming to San Diego for a visit, we were able to gather together on Morongo, and worship the Lord, praying & speaking His Word over the people.  These gatherings are always an honor.  We would ask you to please be in prayer for us, for the Lord to open up more doors for worship & prayer gatherings on, or near, reservations throughout North America.  Our deepest desire, is to see the host people of the land, come to the Lord.

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A friend of the ministry was recently inspired to donate funds for blankets, after a visit with us, to some of the care facilities.  Their generous donation, our partners connection to the right place to purchase, and some haggling with the merchant, produced 145 warm blankets for the residents. There were many sweet, and smiling faces, on this cold rainy day.

Blessings, Wayne & Carol
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Amigos! Wayne with our partner Vicente having some fun in the blanket store.
Amigos! Wayne with our partner Vicente having some fun in the blanket store.
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Wayne just returned from helping lead another Living Waters Training. Nearly 50 participants, left their burdens at the cross and returned to their church communities to lead others to do the same.  Carol is on her way (March 2–6th) to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota (YES, in the middle of winter) to join a team at the “Indigenous Healing the Land conference- from Wounded Knee to a bright new future”.  Watch for more about this in next months newsletter!