Purchase a Van for Ministry Use in Ukraine
Organized by: Clinton White
I have served in Ukraine for more than 4 years without the use of a car. I can get by without a vehicle but it sure would make life easier. Most every week I travel with a team of local volunteers to simply love orphans in a town that's only about an hour away but via public transportation we routinely spend 6 hours just to visit with the kids for 2 hours. Some volunteers can't be away from work or family that long; having the use of 7-9 passenger van would allow more volunteers to more easily travel with us. Having a van would allow us to expand our ministry with a wider range of volunteers and make it easier for us to visit other orphanages as well. I don't anticipate using the van much for personal use; it's just too expensive. Our volunteers will chip in to pay for gasoline- the cost is about the same as the bus ticket and train ticket that we currently buy every trip- the difference will be reducing the time it takes. Having a van will also allow us to distribute humanitarian aid more easily. Oftentimes we are asked to deliver clothes or diapers (or even small Apple Tree seedlings a few weeks ago) and we usually manage by borrowing or hiring a car for the day. Life would be easier if we had our own vehicle. I often host short-term teams. It's not easy to more a team and their luggage around via public transportation. Having a van will allow me to more easily serve those teams in the future.