a bigger picture and a big goal

I really hate car maintenance. When I moved here, I was actually excited about the idea of not thinking about it anymore because I thought I would not need a car. I was wrong, friends. Several things have come up in the last few weeks that have made it clear that I will need to purchase a vehicle: Taxis are easy enough to get, but they are proving to be far too expensive for me to feel like they are a wise way to steward my money. Matatus (the 14 passenger mini-buses that serve as the primary form of public transportation) are cheap and easy to come by, but are not reliable enough to get me anywhere by a specific time and are not safe for me to use when I am traveling with hearing aids, a computer or testing equipment.

Above all of this, I am beginning to get some glimpses of the big picture of what God has in store for me here and it is way bigger than I knew before coming. One of my teachers at language school is a pastor here. He and I have had some great conversations about how the church must be the agent of change in this culture for how people with disabilities are viewed. Lasting change must be gospel-centered (there is a post brewing on just this topic). Because of this, I want to be able to make connection with local churches in addition to my work in the hospital. I will also be working in schools for the deaf and at satellite clinics throughout the area. Travel will be more frequent than I originally anticipated.

As I have talked with my field leadership about all of these factors, we are all in agreement that I need to purchase a vehicle. It seems that car maintenance will, once again, be a part of my life, but I am excited about the reasons for that.

In order to get a 7-10 year old small 4WD SUV in good condition, I will need to raise about $12,000 in one-time needs and around $250 per month in additional monthly support to cover insurance and maintenance. I am trying to reach this goal within the next month. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with me in this purchase? If you would like to make a donation online, you can click here.  To make a donation by check, click here and follow the instructions. If you are giving a gift specifically for my vehicle, please make note of that when you make your donation so I know where to direct the funds. Also, please e-mail me to let me know so that I can keep an eye on my accounts and know exactly what has been given. You can e-mail me on my contact page here. If you would like to host a fundraiser, let me know and I can see what I can do to help you out.

Thanks so much for considering this. I am excited to see how the Lord will provide.

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