Wheels…Bit By Bit

By Posted in - Updates & Vision on February 24th, 2014 0 Comments wheels-header

Do you remember the first time you got behind the wheel of a car after getting your driver’s license? Remember the feeling of freedom, the new-found sense that the whole world was at your fingertips – that you could literally go anywhere? I was 16 years old. I had longed for that day for three or four years. The day I turned 16, I was at the DMV taking my driving test. I was ready to go! On that day, my parents reminded me that driving a car was not a right, it was a privilege. They, of course, had the ability to revoke that privilege if I gave them cause.

Now, almost 20 years later, I’m reminded, once again, that driving truly is a privilege. And with that privilege comes opportunity and responsibility. From a personal perspective, a vehicle gives me opportunities to visit friends, to go on family outings with  Melody and the girls, to take those daddy-daughter “special treat” moments, and to take my incredible wife on the occasional date night.

From a pastoral prospective, a vehicle allows me to fulfill some of my greatest vocational responsibilities. I can visit families with new babies, comfort the sick and hospitalized, meet others to talk about Jesus, and visit with other pastors to share and to learn. When you think about it, a vehicle is an almost indispensable tool in our modern world. That’s why our quest for a vehicle in Kenya is so important.

There are no “good deals” on vehicles in Kenya. An average vehicle costs 2-3 times what it would cost in the U.S. Add to this the fact that you must pay cash, rather than getting an auto loan, and you can see why a vehicle is the highest budget item in our pre-launch budget. But there’s more.

Getting from point A to point B in Kenya can be an adventure. Dirt roads are the norm, and even the paved roads can be difficult to navigate, with ever-present potholes, dips, and humps. All of these obstacles take their toll on a vehicle, especially if that vehicle wasn’t built with these conditions in mind.

In order to get a vehicle that will accommodate our family plus a couple of guests (we expect a lot of you to come visit), we’re looking at large SUVs and specialized vans. Even at 10+ years old, these vehicles don’t come cheap.

We’ve budgeted $28,000 for a vehicle, and we’re looking for your help to get us to that number. But it’s such a big number, we thought it might be fun to break it down into more bite-sized chunks. So, below is our “parts list”. Yes, we realize there are more parts than this on a vehicle and that these amounts don’t necessarily represent an accurate cost for each part. But who really wants to buy a water pump or a washer fluid reservoir?

Can you help us purchase a vehicle piece by piece?

PARTS LIST

ITEM

QTY NEEDED

PRICE EA

Seats

8

$550

Engine

1

$4000

Windows

8

$500

Hood

1

$1000

Fenders

2

$750

Bull Bar

1

$400

Bumpers

2

$400

Wheels

5

$300

Tires

5

$200

Doors

4

$800

Running Boards

2

$300

Roof

1

$1000

Roof Rack

1

$600

Body

1

$4000