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VOB News April 2017 “Azuza Revival: 111 years later”

“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou was slain, and did purchase for GOD with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation..” Rev. 5:9 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On April 9, I was part of a worship team that led worship for the yearly Azusa Fest, in downtown Los Angeles. This gathering celebrates the revival movement known as the Azusa Street revival. I was honored to be a part of the Native American team that led worship at the event, on the historic Azusa street. A little background info, on Azusa Street:
In the city of Los Angeles, in 1906, on a street called Bonnie Brae (coincidentally, the street I grew up on, but in Virginia), a revival movement started that would change millions around the world. This movement, now known as Azusa Street revival, was the catalyst for the growth of the Pentecostal movement around the world, causing a massive missionary movement that sent missionaries around the world to preach the Gospel. The movement grew so fast, that it had to be moved from a house on Bonnie Brae street, to what basically amounted to a barn, on Azusa street, in downtown Los Angeles. It was here that thousands came from around the world, to experience the Holy Spirit, and the call of GOD on their lives. In doing a bit of research on the Azusa street revival, a quote describing the gatherings, from the movement’s Apostolic Faith publication, stood out to me:

“One token of the Lord’s coming is that He is melting all races and nations together, and they are filled with the power and glory of God. He is baptizing by one Spirit into one body and making up a people that will be ready to meet Him when He comes.”

I can honestly say that my experience in being a part of the Native American worship session, at Azusa Fest 2017, was exactly that. I was so impressed at the different nations involved. Native Americans, African Americans, Caucasian, Asian, European people, were all a part of the event. A Ukrainian pastor, shared how he and his wife felt called to move to the USA, to bring the Gospel. I know this blesses the heart of the Lord, when believers come together in unity, and I am super thankful that I got the opportunity to be a small part of this.  His word says it best in the Revelation 5:9 verse above!

140 baskets were delivered Good Friday to the children in Tijuana. Each of these baskets, along with the usual chocolate goodies, contained some practical gifts of socks, or hygiene product. But the most special enclosure, is a personalized card written and colored by a child in San Diego.  Thank you Bridge of Hope San Diego for sharing with us this blessing given to you. We had a wonderful Passover and Holy Week season and pray you did as well.    Love, Wayne & Carol

Remember Angelica? From our reports 7 years ago or so when she had cancer. Not only is she healthy but doing amazing in private school that we sponsor with your help. She is holding her certificate of acceptance in to Nursing School with the Red Cross. We are so proud of her. But our sponsorship just stepped it up a bit as we will need your help, this fall, to fund her schooling. Let us know if you are interested. It is less than you think compared to American standards.

 

 

 

We dedicate this months newsletter to Pastor Johnny Villalobos who joined his Creator after many years of service to Him, his family and to his people of the Kumeyaay Nation on both sides of the border. He will be missed but his smile lives in our hearts and now shines from heaven!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His hat and boots will be hard to fill! But many hearts and lives were made better by his faithfulness!
We had a wonderful recent visit by Carol’s parents celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary! That is an all time event to certainly celebrate!

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!!