VOB News January 2017 “Moments from 2016”

 

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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!!

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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!!

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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!!

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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.

 

VOB News October 2016 “Live from the ANNA Call”

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Follow up from this months busy events:

The ANNA Call, Tahlequah, Oklahoma. 

You have undoubtedly heard, at some point in your life, about the Trail of Tears. This was the time in 1839, when the Cherokee nation, and several other tribes in the southern United States, were forcibly removed from their own homelands, to what was then called “Indian Territory” in the area of Oklahoma. Many thousands died along the way, with the hardships they suffered. The area called Tahlequah, was pretty much ‘ground zero’, for where the tribes ended up.

The ANNA Call, was a huge worship and prayer event, gathering tribal people, and many others, to fast, pray and worship the Lord, on the land at the end of the Trail of Tears.  Many hundreds gathered together for the day long prayer portion on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8am to 8pm. Our part was to support our friend, Joseph,  in leading traditional First Nations worship, as well as lead in worship & reading the Bible over then land and people.

You can watch a few live recorded videos we have from the event at these links: 1)Repentance 2) Abba Drum Dance 3) The Elders  4) 120 Drums and the Round Dance 5) Revolution – Prayers of the generations

img_2296In addition to that, I (Carol) had the chance to pray a Moravian blessing over the proceedings.  I’ve been doing quite a bit of research on my family ‘roots’, and have discovered a plethora of Moravian people in my lineage.  I found out that I am a descendant of the same family line of one of the missionaries who served the Cherokee in Georgia, as well as in Oklahoma, when they were removed from the east. It was truly my honor to stand and pray for the Moravian heritage of prayer, worship, and missions, to come forth once again, among the First Nations people of North America.  WOW!  I feel so blessed! You can hear this small piece of Moravian history and prayer of blessing by watching the video recorded live from the ANNA Call – HERE: Rekindling the fire of worship!

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Arise Youth Camp: Soboba reservation.

Leading worship at the Arise youth camp (see YouTube videos below), on Soboba reservation, was wonderfully inspirational.  Seeing the enthusiasm the youth had for Jesus was kind of mind blowing, really.  The kids were SO in love with Jesus & really on fire for Him.  They worshiped with real abandon, and shared a few stories about prior youth camps, where they were really touched by the Lord, to be an instrument for His glory in the earth.  We had a great time leading worship, and so appreciated the joy and energy the kids brought. At the end of the camp, Wayne and I sat down to eat dinner with some of the elders. We listened intently, as the elders shared stories of how the Lord is moving among First Nations tribes in the U.S. We heard about trips some of them have taken to North Dakota, to support all the tribes assembled there, who are standing for their rights on the Dakota pipeline issue. The love and care these elders were bringing to their own people, in the Name of Jesus, was truly amazing. They realized the issue was less about the actual pipeline, than it was about just loving people in the Name of the Lord. Afterwards, Wayne and I made the 2 hour drive back home to San Diego.  As we sat in the car, driving off the reservation, we both just marveled that we had had this opportunity to sit with Native American elders, and listen to their stories. “How did we get there” we asked ourselves.  Only through the grace of GOD.  We are privileged to be able to minister and share worship, prayer, food and friendship with our friends.  What a joyous and meaningful time.  YouTube videos below are from the ARISE Camp Meeting.

Thank you so much for standing in the gap for us, as we participated in these beautiful gatherings.  Next month we will report from  Washington DC, where another large First Nations gathering on the mall in DC is taking place Oct. 21.  This Alltribes DC event promises to be historic, as the Native American people come together to walk in forgiveness toward our US government, in spite of the many broken treaties over the decades. And for sure, our nation needs lots and lots of prayer at this critical election time!! GOD bless YOU!!