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VOB News August 2017 “Angie Graduates”

Wayne with Angie on her graduation day.

Who remembers their high school graduation?  I sure remember mine! In fact, I was reminded this past June, that it was 30 years ago! Graduation is certainly a turning point in one’s life.  And it surely was that for our young friend, Angelica. You have heard of her a few times, through the years. She was the 11 year old girl, who had a cancerous tumor appear just over her right eye. You helped us support her through her treatments.  Thank the Lord, she has gotten a clean bill of health, every check up, for the past 7 years!

Angie with her dad just after she was released from the hospital after the tumor was removed.

You have also helped us assist in sending her to private school the last 3 years, after her public school held a lottery (due to overcrowding), and she did not make the cut.  Angie really blossomed in private school, and was so eager to finish well.

 

I was honored to be at her graduation this past month (the only “whetto” or white guy in the crowd), to celebrate with her family. It wasn’t until I sat there, as each graduate walked the stage, that I realized just how much of an opportunity she has been given, with the education she received.  As I witnessed the grand ceremony of the many other achievers, alongside Angie, the thought occurred to me, that there may have been a greater purpose for her not making that lottery in public school.

Angie with her nursing school registration acceptance letter.

 

Angelica plans to continue her education, by going to nursing school, perhaps desiring to help in the medical field where she once was helped, as a young girl. She has started a job which she plans to work for 6 months, in order to save money for when she will start nursing school in February. We plan to continue sponsoring her through nursing school, and have already paid her registration. Soon, we will find out what the monthly tuition will be. Please let us know if you would like to help sponsor Angie. We know she is going to be one who will make a difference, and beat the odds of the socio-economy around her.

 

AWAKEN THE DAWN 2017:

48 straight hours of around the clock worship, outreach, evangelism, all in the heart of Washington, D.C.  In this day and hour, with all the chaos going on in our nation, surely two straight days of love, and honoring Jesus in the capitol of our country, will make a difference!  VOB is fielding a diverse team of people from around the country, including First Nations friends. There is so much anger & protesting going on in our nation.  So much division & hate.  This is a chance for the worship arm of VOB to contribute to bringing the love of Jesus & the peace of GOD; to join in unity with people from all backgrounds, nations & races, bringing something that offers hope and the presence of the Lord. Would you consider assisting us, as we continue to raise the funds to send a team? Thank you to those of you who have responded. We hope to hear from more of you. We are not quite half way covered, so far, and any amount would help!  Also, please continue to pray for us, as we prepare.  We will be leading worship on 5 different occasions. To get further information about ATD, or if you are interested in participating, http://www.awakenthedawn.org

 

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VOB News June 2017 “Summer of Love”

 

20 years ago, Carol, myself, Mark, and Gary from our church leadership staff, took a team to San Francisco to celebrate 30 years since the Summer of Love – a revolution of peace and love that emerged in the late 60’s.  A counterculture arose amidst this revolution, but so did the Jesus movement, one of the greatest ingathering of souls for the Kingdom of God in

that generation.  As I read over our newsletter from that July 1997, I was reminded of all the amazing opportunities we had to do worship and evangelism all over the city. Many people were reached and ministered to. What an amazing opportunity for the Lord, and what great memories for us!

 

(both photos above) Gary, Carol (guitars) and Wayne (hand drum) leading worship in a couple of San Fran city squares July 1997.

Fast forward 20 years, and another event is being organized to celebrate-now-50 years, since the Summer of Love outpouring. Our friend Melody Green, asked Wayne to come

and assist her, as she ministers at the event. She and her husband Keith, were among those who came to know the Lord through the birthing of the Jesus movement. They were also among the ones who took the reins, and continued leading others to the Lord through that revival movement. Her voice is valued for this milestone. We will be doing outreach in the parks again, and look forward to sharing our encounters with you. If you are curious in reading more about the event you can do so at www.thesound2017.com   Prayers appreciated July 5-9th.

We had a great visit with Melody last month. She has a wealth of wisdom and years of experience that is very inspiring. We are not beginners, after 21 years of full time ministry, but we recognize one who has given her entire life to the Lord and His service. I have often shared how much Keith Green’s music inspires my work with the poor. And how listening to it regularly, helps me stay on track.   One of my favorite things to do is drive around Tijuana, connecting with the faces and surroundings, while listening to Keith’s song;

Open your eyes to the world all around you. Open your eyes, open your eyes. This world is much more than the things that surround you, open your eyes…”   www.melodygreen.com

 

On this occasion, I got to drive around with the actual writer of the song! Melody rode jump seat with me, to deliver food to the orphanage one day. What a treat. She loved it and took some great photos of the kids helping me unload the truck. And of course we enjoyed some delicious tacos!