Thank you, thank you, and thank you! Since our last update many of you have been praying for our vehicle need and making several generous donations. We can’t thank you all enough for the generosity and encouragement you have shown to our family.
So, we are excited to share some really good news with you! Since our last email we have been given the chance to purchase a 2015 Toyota Sienna mini-van with low mileage, that is in great condition. This van will be a huge blessing to our family for traveling to schools, taking students to camps and conferences and even helping to take kids from our neighborhood and EKU to church on Sundays and AWANA on Wednesdays. Also, just like we have been praying for it will last us a long time.
With your generous donations we are are a little over $2,500 from being able to buy this van. We have no doubt that God is going to provide the remaining funds and we ask that you keep us in your prayers. Please pray with us that we will be able to have the funds to be driving this van before the weather changes. As always if you would like to help us please feel free to click the donation link on the side of this page. Thank you again!
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.
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!