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Learning Lessons the Hard Way

Lynda Neuman on June 4, 2012 Comments (0)


Dear Partner in Ministry,

We try to spare our children from making choices in life that are not wise, based on our our own or others' experiences. We don´t always succeed though; sometimes they have to experience life to learn.  It comes a little harder when we, the older, experienced ones, have to admit we are still learning from the hard knocks of life.

Take choosing a car, for example.  We bought our current one almost 4 years ago, using what funds we received from our former car and adding some funds received from offerings on a short furlough.  Our choice was one that was 8 years old with about 50,000 miles on it.  It should not have been too bad.  With a 1.0 liter engine, we thought it would be economical and since it had a 16 valve engine, it should be able to develop power when we needed it.  There were several factors we did not count on.  The 16 valve engine soon got a bad name, hurting resale value, though that aspect of the engine was not what plagued us.  However, since the small engine has to turn over more times to get where you want to go, it wears out faster.  So at 100,000 miles, ours is very worn out, and smoking. :(

The dealership will give us about $2,000 - $2,500 for the car, as is.  We currently have about $3,500 in cash.  There are a lot of cars with 1.0 engines out there on the lots, going reasonably cheap.  But we really don´t want to repeat the experience -- we´d rather learn from it.  To get one with a reasonable size engine (1.4, 1.6) and with between 20 and 40,000 miles, we are going to need another $7 to 8,000. 

For our ministry here in Fortaleza, a car is a necessity.  Taking a bus adds anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes one way to our commute time, depending where in the city we need to go and at what time of day.  That's enough time to knock another one or two tasks off our long "to do" list, not to mention the difference of being fresh and ready to tackle the task  or tired and sweaty when you arrive!  Beyond those two factors, is your security on the long trip from the Bible school at night and then the choice as to which is riskier -- the wait in the bus terminal for the connecting bus home or the 5-6 block walk home at 11:00 at night. :/

To those of you have been praying for us and this need, we are very grateful for your labors in prayer with us.  Now we would like to challenge you to consider how the Lord could use you to give towards this project.  A letter of encouragement would rejoice our hearts.  Maybe you and some family members or friends would like to participate jointly with a gift towards a vehicle.  Maybe your church would be willing to take a special offering to help meet this need.  Jerry travels to Guiana the evening of June 15 until the end of the month.  We would really like to have a reliable car in place for Lynda and Lydia to use while he is gone.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration of how God would have you to partner with us to provide our need for a vehicle.

Serving together with you to spread His glory,

Jerry and Lynda Neuman

jlneuman@abwe.cc  or brazilprof@hotmail.com

Home phone: 011-55-(85)-3278-2973                Cell phones:  Jerry --             85-8870-7484         Lynda -- 8681-7484

Skype: Neumansinbrazil or Jerry Neuman  or call             85-32782973      



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