Not just any car…. We bought a 1996 Toyota Super Custom HiAce van. This beauty is a turbo-charged diesel engine with with automatic transmission, only 167,000 kilometers, and “gently” worn shocks and brakes. It is equipped with dual-zone air-conditioning (that actually works), a CD player, and it holds 8 people comfortably or 10 people uncomfortably. The front cattle-guard is protection against out-of-control taxis, crazy motorcycles, or even the stray cow that wanders around (none of which are necessarily uncommon here).
A special “THANK YOU” goes out to our donors who gave so we could afford transportation. When we look at this car, we don’t see the dents or dings, or hear the rattles or smell the smells. Instead, we see a way to get around, a little freedom, and some adventure for our family. When we look at this car, we see how much we have!
We needed this car to get Jackson and Sidney to and from their youth group each Friday. Sidney is also part of a girls small group that meets every other week, and she doesn’t want to miss it! We also needed it to run into town and grab whatever we forgot to pick up on our weekly shopping trip. Then, there is the day off each week that a car will enable us to get off campus and away from our house for a few hours!
Our friends also needed this car. In less than one week of ownership, we have loaned this car to several different Ugandan friends. One drove his daughter to the hospital. One picked up a visitor so she could attend chapel with us. Another friend just needed a ride home! We did not know that this car would so quickly take us deeper with our friends, but it has. We did not know how nice it would feel be able to get away for a few hours as a family. We did not know how fun it would be to take some friends with us out to lunch after church on our day off. We do now!! It’s a touch of home here in Uganda.
Thank you to everyone who has financially supported us so we could find out what having our own set of wheels in Uganda would feel like!
We have nicknamed it the Mystery Machine! What do you think?!?! With a little paint, we could easily be confused with the gang from Scooby Doo!Jason would be Fred, of course, which makes Kori, Daphne and Sidney, Velma. That leaves Jackson to answer to Shaggy (and if you have seen his hair lately it is a very fitting name!!!) Now we just need Patches (our dog who is currently under the foster care of Nana and Pop) to move here and we will be in business!!
God is blessing us in so many ways, and we know this vehicle is just one way that we will be able to connect and serve people here in Uganda!
In light of eternity,
Jason, Kori, Jackson, and Sidney
Ephesians 6:19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,