Posted: December 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

It was on January 10, 2010 that the Heartline Runners, pictured left,  ran the Disney 2010 Marathon and Half Marathon to raise money for an ambulance/multipurpose vehicle for the women’s center.  Praise God we on December 27th at 3:30 PM drove to Toyota and picked up the vehicle.  It took over nine months after we ordered it to take possession of it.  We  for months now have had the ambulance lights and the multi-sound siren sitting in our office, ready to be installed on the vehicle.

I believe in having patience especially in Haiti but also in the principles found in Matthew 7:7,8 in the Amplified Version:

7Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. 8For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.

And so we have been to Toyota multiple times to see if the vehicle was ready.  When we ordered it we were told that it would be ready in five months, so we waited  until about five months and two weeks before  we started to go to inquire about getting it.

We have over the months been giving multiple reasons why we didn’t have the vehicle yet.  We at about the seven month point were told that it had arrived and that it was on the lot and it would just be a matter of days until we received it.  So I paid the balance and waited to see the vehicle.  After several minutes I was told that it was mistake and the vehicle was still in the Dominican Republic and not yet in Haiti.  So we continued to wait and they kept the check.

We were told conflicting reasons and sometimes on the same day.  For example: Person 1: “The vehicle is still in customs.” Person 2: “The vehicle is still on the boat coming over from Japan.” Person 3: “The vehicle is here and we are getting the plates.”   We were excited to hear that all they needed was the plate but after two months of being told this our excitement faded.

I really wanted to get it in 2010 and so on Monday December 27th  during our morning prayer time we prayed authoritatively that the vehicle would be released.  I had Pierre from our office go to Toyota to check on it and he by two people was given two different answers as to why we didn’t have the vehicle. He called me from Toyota telling me what he was told.  I told him that “no” was not an acceptable answer and that we wanted the vehicle today.  They told him that it wasn’t possible and he told them that he wanted to see the owner and they left to find him.  They came back in about 15 minutes and told him to come back after 3:00 pm and we would have the vehicle.  We did and we do and it is parked at the Maternity Center.

We have done this dance every time we have purchased a new vehicle.  My favorite answer was when we were buying the group truck and the salesman told me that they were putting on the plates even as we were speaking and that we could come back in the morning to get the vehicle.  So we came back the next day and about one month later they got the plate on.  I a couple weeks after being told to come back the next day did go to the dealership with a screw driver and some screws thinking maybe they needed help putting on the plates.  But they didn’t and a couple of weeks later we got the group truck.

We rejoice that the vehicle is now in our possession.  We tomorrow will install a radio, the multi-noise siren and the flashing lights.

We say a big thank you to the Heartline Runners and to all who gave that Heartline may could purchase this ambulance/multipurpose vehicle.


John pulling up to the Maternity Center with the vehicle

Sara, Beth, Sara

Beth with teen mom Marie Carmel and her baby



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