“A picture is worth a thousand words.” In this months issue, we wanted to share our fleet of trucks (5 different ones pictured loaded below) that are “worth more than their weight in gold”! Ok enough cliche’s, but it’s true, that we could not deliver the thousands of pounds of food each week, without them. The trucks range in age from 6 to 36 years old. In these cases, the older ones are the beefier trucks which can carry the greatest loads. The two 12-foot F350’s were amazing donations (years ago) for my partner and I, from a long time supporter of VOB. In fact, a third 17-foot truck was included (not pictured), that is kept in Mexico to transfer food from the smaller ones regularly taken through customs
And then, just before the start of the year, VOB was blessed with the panel truck above (see keys being handed off to Wayne). This panel truck can not only receive pallets loaded by a forklift, but can also transport food protected from the weather.
Obviously, these are not all driven at once, but each has its’ very own purpose. Ok, why are we talking trucks??? We are so glad you asked! We need prayer for all of these trucks. Firstly, gas prices are rising for us, just as they are for you. Also, in recent months with new Mexican customs administration, we have been paying considerably higher import fees. Naturally, the larger the truck, the more the goods, and, ultimately, the more we have to pay. Finally, in this past month, we have had 3 trucks down at once. Unfortunately, each needed large overhaul type repairs (rebuilt engine, rebuilt transmission, rebuilt differential and axis) – all problems resulted from carrying heavy loads. All are being remedied with heavy duty, more costly parts. Are we asking you to help pay for these repairs? As a matter of fact NO, because GOD has already provided every dime so far. Thank you JESUS (and some of you-wink wink)! But there are always costs involved. And as mentioned before, we ALWAYS need prayer for provision and protection! Undoubtedly, customs has proven to be an ever changing gymnastics exercise for us. Just this past Friday, Wayne had to unload the whole center of his truck for customs to inspect (photo below). This is no easy task when you are by yourself, especially when you’ve spent all day loading it up! Favor comes and favor goes. But prayer can steer that shifting favor best!
We are so grateful for your prayer navigation! Love Wayne & Carol
UPDATE: We have one truck back on the road, 2nd one was repaired bad had to go back in for a redo. And the third one waiting on parts. Hopefully all running again soon. For an anticipated busy summer as things start opening back up from the pandemic.
A bit of a hassle to have to unload for Customs
to approve the food being donated . . .
. . . But so totally worth it to get to the people who need it!!