VOB News September 2021 “Where is your house built?”

Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like the wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24 He went on to say, that even after flood and winds, the house does not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Of course, also the parable suggests what happens if said house is built in the sand. I remember the song we sung in Sunday school growing up. How about you?

Jesus, during this sermon on the mount, was teaching His followers who had gathered, many things, including the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes and God’s laws. All of these were words to heed, and words to practice: a foundation to build our faith on.

How often have we, ourselves, really needed to consider this foundation during recent trials and tribulations? Politics, pandemic, storm destruction, much of the world in peril, in general. I don’t know about you, but I have had to remind myself a few times recently, in my interactions with colleagues, friends in my life, and on social media, and even family during hardships … (including my wife and patience with our dogs), not to judge one another. To do unto others, bear good fruit, ask-seek-knock, knowing that the Father gives good things to me and I can share the good with others around me, as well.

We are still in Virginia, writing you from Carol’s parents home, while her dad progresses in getting stronger. Being here, also reminds me a lot of foundations as well. Her folks have been faithful through many seasons of their lives together, including a home they built 55+ years ago, where they raised a family, and built long lasting relationships in their neighborhood and community. SO many examples of a home built upon a sure foundation. One that takes work in keeping it strong and healthy for the storms that come along. And believe me this house has seen its share of hurricanes, rain and wind storms. I am thankful for Jesus’ direction on where to build our house!

Speaking of building a house, VOB is in the process of doing just that. For the very first time, we are solely responsible for sponsoring a home to be built for a very special family you’ve often heard about, over the years. This is one of our very dear adopted families, who’ve had a lot of tragedy in their lives, including losing a daughter “Karen” to an aggressive cancer, losing their father during an armed robbery at his work, and a house fire that destroyed everything. An opportunity came up where a couple of the daughters acquired a plot of land they were able to purchase, in full. VOB has collaborated with a house-building ministry, Baja Christian Ministries, to build the family a small home on that land, where they will raise their children and be able to call it their own, for generations to come. This will be a house built on solid ground, in the Spirit of the Lord, to weather any storm.

p.s. for those who are visual, here is a photo of the foundation that was just poured this past week. It’s the first slab on the new site for the family home. And the floor plan that will be set in place soon. We look forward to showing you photos of the finished project!

Also if you would like to invest in this ongoing project let us know!!!

VOB News May 2021 “VOB Fleet”

HE>i

Have you seen the HE>i bumper sticker?  HE IS GREATER THAN I.  We have almost adopted that as an unofficial logo on all of our trucks. This really says it all! Good reminder to us and, as it is often mentioned, a hopeful message to others. 

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”  In this months issue, we wanted to share our fleet of trucks (5 different ones pictured loaded below) that are “worth more than their weight in gold”! Ok enough cliche’s, but it’s true, that we could not deliver the thousands of pounds of food each week, without them. The trucks range in age from 6 to 36 years old. In these cases, the older ones are the beefier trucks which can carry the greatest loads. The two 12-foot F350’s were amazing donations (years ago) for my partner and I, from a long time supporter of VOB. In fact, a third 17-foot truck was included (not pictured), that is kept in Mexico to transfer food from the smaller ones regularly taken through customs

And then, just before the start of the year, VOB was blessed with the panel truck above (see keys being handed off to Wayne).  This panel truck can not only receive pallets loaded by a forklift, but can also transport food protected from the weather. 

Obviously, these are not all driven at once, but each has its’ very own purpose.  Ok, why are we talking trucks???  We are so glad you asked!  We need prayer for all of these trucks. Firstly, gas prices are rising for us, just as they are for you.  Also, in recent months with new Mexican customs administration, we have been paying considerably higher import fees. Naturally, the larger the truck, the more the goods, and, ultimately, the more we have to pay.  Finally, in this past month, we have had 3 trucks down at once. Unfortunately, each needed large overhaul type repairs (rebuilt engine, rebuilt transmission, rebuilt differential and axis) – all problems resulted from carrying heavy loads. All are being remedied with heavy duty, more costly parts. Are we asking you to help pay for these repairs? As a matter of fact NO, because GOD has already provided every dime so far.  Thank you JESUS (and some of you-wink wink)!  But there are always costs involved. And as mentioned before, we ALWAYS need prayer for provision and protection!  Undoubtedly, customs has proven to be an ever changing gymnastics exercise for us.  Just this past Friday, Wayne had to unload the whole center of his truck for customs to inspect (photo below). This is no easy task when you are by yourself, especially when you’ve spent all day loading it up!   Favor comes and favor goes. But prayer can steer that shifting favor best! 

We are so grateful for your prayer navigation! Love Wayne & Carol

UPDATE: We have one truck back on the road, 2nd one was repaired bad had to go back in for a redo. And the third one waiting on parts. Hopefully all running again soon. For an anticipated busy summer as things start opening back up from the pandemic.

A bit of a hassle to have to unload for Customs
to approve the food being donated . . .

. . . But so totally worth it to get to the people who need it!!