Hope comes in a truck

For: Cita Ministries, Inc.
Sanford, FL
Organizer: Chris Franz, Cita Ministries, Inc.
$55,140
of $179,514 goal.
Raised by 28 donors
30% Complete

The Story

Thank you for looking at our exciting fundraiser to raise funds for a missions truck for Africa.

Sadly, many of the truck rental companies do not allow us to go to rough and unreached areas. This has resulted in the need for a large 6-wheel-drive cargo truck. The purpose of this truck is twofold: First, it will carry our extensive crusade equipment and second, it will carry lifesaving food and essential humanitarian items to where they are needed most.

These are some of our struggles with rental trucks in Ethiopia:

1. Sometimes it is not easy to even get an available truck.

2. When the roads to remote areas are bad, we are denied rental trucks. We cannot go to many areas because truck owners are not willing to let their trucks go there.

3. Other goods are transported with our sound system. The risk of damage to sensitive sound equipment is very high. Amplifiers can end up under a sack of wheat;

4. We have had it in the past, that the drivers of the rental trucks have been dealing with drugs. If a truck is confiscated, our equipment will be gone;

5. They are very rough when loading and unloading our equipment.

6. Some trucks drive without insurance. If something is stolen, we cannot do anything about it.

7. With this kind of truck, we can react quickly to catastrophes. We could transport food and supplies to desperate people quickly even over very rough terrain. We cannot do this with the rental trucks.

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 14, 2016

Posted on December 14, 2016

We were finally able to get good information in Ethiopia about the importation laws.  You would not believe how hard it is to find someone that knows how the process works.  I have spent 2 years trying to get proper information with everyone I talked to giving me different and conflicting information.  But finally we got someone who could help us.  This has helped us reduce the budget incredibly by $80,486!!  

We were able to talk to the IVECO company in Addis.  Here is what we are believing for.

We can buy a brand new Iveco AT380 6x6 wheel drive truck for $161,514 (the actual truck costs about $89,500 before taxes, but you have to add the fright costs, taxes and commissions which amount to $72,014.  Then we need to purchase a steel container box that will be fitted on the back of the truck (to protect our sound equipment) which will cost about another $10,000-12,000. Then we need to add $6,000 for the licencing and setup costs bringing the price for the truck up to $179,514.

So far, we have raised $21,000!  Please continue to pray with us :)

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