Six years ago we purchased our current Van, aka “Daisy-Belle,” The chain of events leading to the purchase, while seemingly ironic, was all God-inspired, and His timing perfect! She’s given us a great run! From Indiana, she’s made multiple trips to Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida and Tennessee! She’s helped us bless hundreds of campers each year, and spread the good news of Christ Jesus and the mission of Power Ministries. She’s acquired some bumps and bruises along the way but, with proper care & maintenance, always got us to our destination safely. Now though, because of age and many miles clocked, the repairs required to keep her on the road would be numerous and costly.
Now, we’re faced with a new set of circumstances, and we need to act quickly as the 2015 Handi-Camp season is upon us. We’ve researched our options, and set our goal to purchase a “pre-owned” vehicle, with a ‘best case’ scenario in mind. Whether traveling to Handi-Camps & HIS Time events, conventions or promotional events, we’ll be tightly packed with luggage for up to four people, and vital supplies to meet the needs of those events and the people participating.
With that in mind, we’re looking at acquiring a Ford “Transit Connect Wagon;” downsizing to a van that represents a “crossover” between the “mini-van” class (too small) and our current 25 year-old van…full-size, on a 3/4 ton truck chassis/big 350 CID V-8 engine (too big). The Ford Transit, with long wheel-base, higher cargo & passenger area, 4-cyl. engine & 6-speed auto transmission will provide far greater economy; empowering us to continue to share the unconditional love of Christ to teens & adults with disabilities, while preparing College Interns & other volunteer workers to be the hands & feet of Christ for these people.
We challenge you to keep us out there. And, we agree that don’t need a brand-new van. So, with that in mind, it will take, conservatively, $30,000 to get us into the pre-owned van that we need. Please keep us out there ministering to a people-group aptly identified as “God’s forgotten people.” You know they are. As “Robin” shared with us years ago, “Until I came to this Power Ministries camp, I didn’t know what real love was. These people really care about me, with the love of Jesus. My “buddy” really knows Him. And, now I know Him, and I love Him.”
Please keep us out there…empower us to serve these hidden & forgotten people.