VOB News November 2018 “D.C. Highlights”

David’s tent on the National Mall where event took place.

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018:

We finished our last worship session.  Most of the team was packed up, in the van, and ready to head to the airport.  Goodbyes were said, tears were shed.  Then we all went our separate ways: team members from San Diego, LA, Texas, New Hampshire and NC.  What an amazing 5 days we had! Hours of worship & intercession, poured out just 3 blocks from the US Capitol building, where lawmakers will work together, to better our country.  We had seen many people come in and out of the tent, during our time there, wondering what was going on, or being encouraged and joining with us in worship.  Alltribes DC, day, was powerful, with hundreds gathering together, to worship and pray, and hear the Gospel….people of every color!  What a blessing!    

Vietnam war memorial photo by Shawn Kramer Photography

After our last session, as we all departed, 5 of us had some time, so we headed over to the Lincoln memorial, the Korean War memorial, and the Vietnam War memorial.  As we walked around, taking in the sobering reality of these events,  I found myself being overwhelmed with thoughts of so many battles, and things that affect so many thousands of people, across our nation.

I began to realize, at a whole new level, the importance of worship, bringing the presence of the Lord, and prayer, asking for His steady hand to change or shift things in the right direction. I thought of all those who prayed during the Civil war…or any other war—for peace and healing to come.

Our task in worship and prayer can be hard to explain to people.  It’s not as obvious as meeting the needs of the poor, physically.  But spiritually, we are all poor, without Jesus. Spiritually, we all need the Lord (Matthew 5:1)!

Knowing  that pouring out our hearts in worship to the Lord, asking Him to come and change things, this is what our week in DC was all about.  Lord knows we need a shift in our nation!

Chief Anne Richardson-in her regalia-of the Rappahannock Tribe, original inhabitants of the Jamestown, Virginia area – 1607

It was an honor and privilege to be a part of that calling, as we gathered with the original Americans/First Nations people in our nation’s capitol, to cry out together, seeking His presence.  Days later, countless people having heard the Gospel through song and prayer, praising the Lord together, every tribe and tongue, we got a little glimpse of what Heaven will be like.  

Let’s pray that anyone who walked into that atmosphere in that big tent, seeing the unity in the Body of Christ on the National Mall, would have felt the incredible presence of the Lord, and given their hearts to HIM!!!  Thank you for being a part!!

Carol honored by AllTribes for coordinating RiseUp event at David’s Tent
Team dinner including VOB board & Intercessors
Our friend Chuck Pierce shared a prophetic message for AllTribes day.
Another Jason DeBow original painted during worship! We love what he see’s as we seek the Lord!

 

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VOB News June 2018 “South Dakota bound”

We need your prayers!!!  Recently, VOB was invited to bring a worship team to Pine Ridge reservation, in South Dakota, to lead worship and prayer at a series of camp meetings. As we accepted the invitation, the organizers decided they also wanted to add different sessions of outdoor worship on the land, as well as a downtown outreach for the residents of Pine Ridge! I had literally been praying for such an opportunity, right before I received the invitation!

I’d like to share a couple of thoughts regarding Pine Ridge: If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “Bury my heart at Wounded Knee”, the infamous ‘Wounded Knee’ massacre, occurred here in 1890, essentially ending the major wars between the US government, and the Native American people. The land was taken from the Lakota (as in so many other instances), and the people were shuttled onto reservations, which they were rarely allowed to leave, causing starvation and dependence on the government for provision (something they had never needed). Pine Ridge is home to the Oglala Lakota people, of the Great Plains, and is the 7th largest reservation in the country, with a population between 18,000 and 19,000 people.  Many people consider Pine Ridge to be ground zero for the issues facing Native America. The poverty rate is extremely high on Pine Ridge, with an estimate of 85% of the people being unemployed. The school drop out rate is 70%, and there is only an estimated 28% of people having attained a high school or GED diploma. The Oglala tribe, says that infant mortality among the people is 300% higher than the US average, and the teen suicide rate on the reservation is 150% higher than the US rate.  I was stunned to find that the life expectancy for men on the reservation is 47 years old, and for women, 55.  Two of the 5 poorest counties in the USA, are located on Pine Ridge Reservation.

Yet, there is more going on at Pine Ridge, than just ‘statistics’.  Among the people, are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, men and women, who desperately want to see salvation and healing come to their people.  They want to see the calling of GOD restored to the Lakota, and to see healing come to communities, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Many have gone to lend a hand on the reservation. Believers have been standing strong for decades, and inroads to salvation are coming. 

We feel deeply privileged and honored to be able to partner with our brothers and sisters in the Lord on Pine Ridge, to come together and worship GOD, praying and interceding ‘onsight’, that the land and Lakota nation might be changed for the glory of the Lord. We can’t wait to go!!! Please join us in prayer, as we prepare for the journey, July 11-15. Your prayer support for our families, and the trip, will be greatly needed.  We will need to make a long drive from the Denver airport, to the reservation. As well, we are in need of raising support to send the team, with airfare, hotel and car rental expenses.  So if you’d be interested in giving towards the trip, you can give on our donate tab . 

As you know, our VOB mandate, is to serve those in need ‘among the nations’ with worship, and compassion.  Would you support us, as we go to South Dakota? We need YOU!   As the Lord continues to open doors to partner with First Nations in North America, all we can say is “Thank You Lord….and all for Your glory”!!!!    Blessings, Wayne & Carol 

[Above stats from re-member.org]