For those who have had the opportunity to experience first hand the intensity of transportation in a third world country, then you would understand how important a safe and reliable vehicle is to HBM. The truck we currently own is a 2004 Toyota 4x4 Hilux that runs on diesel. This truck has been a faithful tool for us over the years since we bought it new in 2004. Unfortunately, the volatile conditions of the roads in the regions surrounding Jeremie cause a lot of wear and tear in a short amount of time. For example, we have to change the shocks and tires on this particular truck about twice a year. Something were not very use to doing in the states. Truck maintenance is a weekly and sometimes daily routine to keep things running smoothly for groups who are visiting Jeremie.
Recently we've seen more than our fair share of truck issues and ultimately a new truck would remediate the problems but that is a $35,000 purchase and one that will hopefully be on our horizon. Currently we need about $1000 to repair the truck and get it back in standard working order. This includes repairs to the air conditioning and most of the front end that handles the steering. In 2012 alone the cost of truck maintenance was $7000.
We're asking for your help in two specific ways. First, pray that God would open the doors to our transportation needs. A new truck in Haiti is a large expense. This would ultimately relieve many of our current needs and we would be able to use our current truck in a secondary fashion as needed. Pray that God would intercede on this long standing issue for us. Second, if you have the opportunity to give to this important need we would be grateful for your help. Any amount would be well received, whether it be toward a new truck or helping with the expenses of the current truck.
You can donate to our truck fund by clicking the "DONATE" button below and selecting general fund from the drop down menu. Thank you for your prayers and support over the years. Through your generous support we are able to make tangible differences every day were are here in western Haiti.