Vaughn accepted Jesus as
his Savior at the age of six while lost out in the Arizona desert. After
wandering for a full day in the scorching rattlesnake infested Arizona desert
without food and very little water, Vaughn was frightened and hopeless.
He continued wandering late into the cold desert night with no
flashlight, feeling his way through the darkness trying not to fall into a hole
or get snake bit. Hungry, thirsty,
exhausted, terrified, crying and shivering with cold, Vaughn searched the
darkness for even the smallest light in the distance that might guide him to a
house and rescue. There was none.
Utter hopelessness set in as he realized that he would not survive the
night. Then a name came to his mind that he had heard his father says could save
people. That name was, Jesus.
Standing there in the middle of the darkness, Vaughn closed his little
eyes and prayed; “Jesus, I know dad says you can save people.
If you are real, I need you to save me.
I am afraid and cold. Please
save me.” As Vaughn prayed he
felt something like a warm drop of oil fall on his head.
It began to spread downward over his whole body.
As it did, he felt all the cold and fear leave him.
It was replaced with a feeling of overwhelming joy and a sense of immense
power. Although his physical
situation was impossibly bleak, Vaughn felt complete assurance and confidence
that he was going to be all right. Without
moving from his spot he closed his eyes again and prayed, “Jesus, show me the
way home.” When he opened his eye, Vaughn found himself in the town of
Sierra Vista a short distance from where his house was.
That was over 40 years ago. From that day on Vaughn
knew that God saved him for a special purpose. He has dedicated his life to the
service of God even from that early age. Being
the son of a pioneer missionary that worked with primitive tribes throughout
Central and South America, Vaughn grew up in many diverse cultures.
At the age of fourteen Vaughn made his first solo evangelistic trip to
some remote desert villages in Mexico, with nothing but his Bible, a small bag,
and the same faith that the first disciples had on their first trip.
Later that year Vaughn and his father would travel to the then communist
South American country of Guyana to preach the Gospel to primitive Amazonian
tribes. After months of persecution
at the hands of the communist government, Vaughn and his father were arrested
and were shipped off to prison where they faced the possibility of torture and
death. Through the direct
intervention of the miraculous hand of God, Vaughn and his father were able to
escape their captors in Guyana and flee to the country of Brazil where they
later established the Amazon Mission. The
Amazon Mission lasted for over 20 years and was dedicated to the preaching of
the Gospel of Jesus to the tribes of the Amazon.
It was here that Vaughn met his wife Irina, who was the granddaughter of
Elka, the High Chief of the Wai Wai nation.
Vaughn and Irina (Irene in English), have been married for over 28 years and
have three children. In 2006 Vaughn
and his father Larry started The Good News Camp in Abilene, TX.
The Good News Camp is a life rehabilitation center where Vaughn uses his
God given gift of discipleship and immense spiritual warfare training as well as
his multicultural life experience to help
people rebuild their life foundation on the solid clear teachings of the Word of
God and their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Good News Camp