As sad as it is to say, it’s time to put Gabriel to rest. I took over $5000 worth of parts to Haiti last month to repair Gabriel. But when some very good mechanics from the States looked at the truck, they said it was too far gone. The brakes were the biggest problem. Earlier in my walk with the Lord I would have been upset, but I have learned that God has a better plan than mine every time. He showed me His plan–to buy a refurbished truck. I truly believe He was protecting us from an accident and someone getting hurt on Gabriel.
We are so blessed, because Memphis Equipment Company has given us a credit for the parts, except for the restocking fee, and everyone who donated for the parts has agreed to let their donation go for the new truck–it is a 5-ton with automatic transmission, air brakes and power steering. It will be set up with troop seats just like Gabriel, will have all new hoses, belts, batteries, and brake system, and will be painted the color of our choice.
Thanks to everyone who donated, we have enough money to buy the new truck–all we need now is the transportation fee to get it to Miami, ship it to Haiti, and get it through Customs. The transportation fee is $10,800. In the 3-4 weeks it will take the company to build the truck for us, I am assured that God will use His people to make this happen.