Thank you so much to everyone who has been praying about our vehicle need and helping us as we are raising funds. We wanted to share with you a brief update on how the fundraising is going and our goals for a new ministry vehicle.
So far we have been able to raise almost $4,000 towards a vehicle to travel to schools and camps in. We also have another $3,000 that has been pledged towards the project. I met with a local car dealership this week to help figure out what type of vehicle we really need. The main criteria being it will last a long time, fuel efficient, space for hauling students to church and camp, and will be able to get me home if I get caught in bad winter weather while visiting schools. Based on that we are looking at some smaller SUV/Crossovers that might work. Depending on what’s available when our fundraising is through we are needing to raise somewhere between $10,000-$14,000 towards the purchase.
So it looks like based on what funds we have in hand that we need to raise between $7,000-$10,000 more. There are some cheaper options out there, but after much prayer we feel the best way to be stewards of the money God is providing is to get something that will last many years so that we won’t be in this same position in just a couple more years.
So how can you help? As always keep praying that God will provide for this need. We are really praying and asking God to provide something towards the beginning of the upcoming semester before winter weather arrives. Next, would you prayerfully consider partnering with us financially to help us get this ministry vehicle? If so you can click on the link on the right of this post to go to our ministry giving page. Or maybe you or your business have an extra vehicle you would just like to donate?
Thank you so much for praying with us!
Thank you so much for checking in our our ministry update website. Erin and I wanted to send out a prayer request about a need that we currently have without sending out an email to our entire mailing list so soon after our last newsletter. Over the past couple of years we have shared with you prayer requests about our van and repairs we have had to do to keep it going on there road. God blessed us with a great van that we have been able to use for our family and many ministry related events. However, now our van is almost 12 years old and the transmission is going. After a trip to the mechanic, we were advised to keep our van off the interstate, under 60 mph and try to sell it while it is still running.
For the past couple of weeks, Erin and I have been praying and seeking God’s will for what we should do to about our current transportation situation. With me being on the road all the time with FCA we simply must have two vehicles for our family. Also, because my car is a small hatchback we need something bigger for trips where our whole family has to go and/or we are taking students some place.
After much prayer we have decided the best thing to do would be to try and get a vehicle for me to use for ministry. Then Erin could take my car for a year to use around Richmond and on day trips for her and the kids. In a year when my hatchback is paid off at that time we can begin looking for a family vehicle.
FCA has given us a couple of options for getting a ministry vehicle. First and best, one can be donated to FCA and designated for me to use for traveling to schools, meetings, camps, speaking engagements and all other needs. Secondly, we also have the option of raising funds through our FCA account to purchase a vehicle that would belong to FCA but be for our use, just as though the whole car was donated.
We are praying that God would provide either a vehicle that would meet our needs or finances to purchase one through our FCA Staff account. Our ideal vehicle would fit our family of 4 and maybe more if possible, have room for luggage, low miles and dependable for long trips, and front wheel drive or better head AWD since many of the schools I go to are in rural areas.
So how can you help? Please pray! Pray with us that we will trust God through this whole process and be patient as we wait on his provision. Pray that our van keeps running well enough for Erin to get around Richmond until we are able to get a 2nd vehicle. Pray with us as we look into some fundraisers and possibly meeting with some people that might be able to help us through donating a car or giving towards one. Pray that the right car, suv, truck, or whatever will be used for years of reaching students and coaches and athletes for Christ will be directed our way. If you or anyone you know would like to donate towards this need you can click the link on the right of this page and do so that way. Also, if you know anyone who has a vehicle that they would like to donate to a great non-profit ministry feel free to point them our way. More than anything though please keep praying for us. It’s a stressful time, but it’s also a time where we know we can see God do something amazing. Thank you as always for your prayers and for loving our family.
Its getting warm here in Kentucky and I am on the road a lot on the these sunny late spring/summer days. Currently I am traveling to 8 counties visiting high and middle schools recruiting students to join us at FCA Leadership Camp this summer. Beginning in June I will be driving all over Kentucky helping with Basketball camps, a wrestling camp, Leadership Camp, FCA trainings and much more. This is where our need/prayer request comes in. Last fall the A/C in my little car died. With the Winter months coming on I knew I wouldn’t need air and so I put off getting it fixed. Now things are getting quite toasty and I definitely need some cool air or I turn into a sweaty puddle. I found out today that I have to have a hose replaced on my car and to get the a/c hose replaced, labor, and any coolant replaced it will take almost $300. I have scheduled an appointment for this Friday at 1pm to get the work done and am praying and trusting that financially I will be able to do so. Please pray with me that I can get this issue fixed on Friday with just one trip to the mechanic and no more problems. Pray for God’s provision of the finances to take care of the issue. And lastly, please just pray that my little car will keep running for a long time and be a great tool for me to use to share the love of Christ on campuses all over KY!
Erin and I would like to ask you to be praying for us as we have some decisions to make about our Van. Almost 6 years ago God blessed us with a Nissan Quest mini-van that has been a huge blessing and tool for us to use for our family and ministry. We started having some problems with the van a couple of months ago and found out this week that it needs a Bank 1 Cad. Converter replaced. This part and labor cost over $1,000 to get fixed. With our van having almost 128,000 miles on it we are praying about what the smartest decision would be. Should we pay the money and get the van fixed and hope that it will last us till at least 200,000 miles? Or should we look to see if we can trade even for something with less mileage even if it is a smaller vehicle? Another car payment is not in the budget right now so we can’t really trade up. Please pray with us that God will make it clear what we should do, and then that all the finances to repair or replace will be provided. Thanks as always for your prayers!