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 January 2015 “VOB Bringing in the New Year!”

Well, here we are: 2015!!  So weird, isn’t it?!      

We had another successful “Toys for Tijuana” drive!
We had another successful “Toys for Tijuana” drive.

As we start this new year, we would like to share a few, very specific, prayer requests for VOB,2015.  We would be grateful, if you would put these on your fridge, or in your Bible, as a quick reminder to pray, as we move into this year of ministry.

  1. Travel:  We have it on our hearts, to travel to very specific nations, this year, for worship & prayer.  Please stand with us, to hear clearly from the Lord for the following:  Ireland, France (Mt. Blanc), Poland, Philippines.  We need: financing, clarity on team members, clarity on task, the RIGHT connections.  The world is spinning in a state of chaos.  We want to be a part of bringing hope & salvation to the nations, through both compassion AND worship!!
  2. Assistance/Volunteers/Team members:  We know sometimes we sound like a broken record on this one, but we really do need the prayer push!  This last year, thankfully, we had some awesome help!  But as the new year has dawned, several of our young helpers, have moved onto other things in life.  We really, really need committed, strong helpers, who will assist in sorting, loading & packing food, on this side of the border.  We also need help to better facilitate our monthly, “P.o.W.” gatherings!  Please put this one high on your list (and if you live in San Diego, consider helping out!).
  3. Health:  We continue to ask for your prayers on this one!  Though better, we could sure use a breakthrough in this area.  Especially for Wayne, who continues to experience some very tough, physical issues (another reason we could use the extra volunteer help).    Also, for Carol, as she continues to deal with fatigue.  Thanks!
  4. Financial and Prayer Partners: We are super blessed with all those who partner with us,  financially & prayerfully!  We would love to have a few more monthly financial partners, and a few more who would labor with us in prayer.  Would you consider that?  Or pray that someone else will?
  5. Specificity:  We have some very specific items we are looking at moving forward with, this year, in Mexico, with prayer & worship, and other outreach opportunities.  As well, we continue to ask the Lord how to most effectively proceed with P.lace o.f W.orship, and any additional worship/intercession items that may be on the table.  Songwriting, clarity in prophetic & intercessory worship, sounds, bandmates, musicians…all of this could use some prayer oil on the gears!

That’s it!  Would you just spend a few minutes a day, standing in the gap, for these items?  The truth is, as you do that, we are able to do the other stuff, and, ultimately the Kingdom of GOD gets advanced.  Thank you & Happy New Year, 2015!!

p.s. We have enclosed our ministry brochures. VOB Brochure – compassion pdf, which you may have seen before, but our VOB Brochure – worship pdf is fresh off the printing press.  We wanted you to have an accurate depiction of both arms of VOB! Let us know if you want any mailed to you to share with a friend!