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A little over four months ago we started our search for a tough vehicle that would stand up to the rocky bumpy roads of Haiti. We were still living in NC and started talking with friends and family about ideas. A friend from  our church started researching cars and found out that  Toyota Land Crusiers from 95 to 97 would be perfect for our needs. Those years were known for being safe sturdy vehicles. Well, he soon found the best one just 30 minutes from our house. But it wasn't a Toyota. Apparently in 96 and 97 Toyota made the exact same car for Lexus. It just happened to be the best one we found. So feeling a little sheepish for taking a Lexus to the "mission field," we bought a 97 Lexus LX 450 and started getting it ready. We had a mechanic offer his services free of charge and another wonderful friend from church helped us replace parts and get it "Haiti ready."

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We packed it full of tools, household items, food, books and much more. Then shipped it fromt  Ft. Pierce , FL.to Haiti. It arrived a few weeks later and we were able to get it out of customs but did have to pay extra, since it was a Lexus. Didn't matter it was 15 years old and had 160,000 miles. Tom was thankful for the help of Haitian friends here to navigate the legalities and paper work to pick it up from St, Marc, but not a little disappointed to see smoke pouring out of the engine just a few miles down the road. Another friend here towed it to the mission and with more help pushed it into the yard here at New Vision Children's Home. With  more friends here and another mechanic we were able to get it repaired and it only cost 1000 gouds ( $25 ) and two rabbits!   We've been able to get it registered and licensed and Tom and Jacob picked up the tag today!!! So all this to say," Thank you, Lord, for all the good friends you've placed in our lives! Thank you for guiding us each step of the way,please use us to share the light.and meet physical and spiritual needs here in Haiti.". 

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We ask for your prayers for safety as we travel these busy and often dangerous roads