Teach me Lord, teach me Lord to wait.
Have you ever had one of those weeks that seems like it must have happened to someone else or thought that can’t happen to me. Well, that’s a little how my week has felt with the challenge of equipment problems. Let me share my week with you.
It’s Saturday morning at 6:37 AM and we have a little high adventure in Jesus going on! My cell phone just rang. I have had this call many times over the past 14 years, “Truck 108 blew out a clutch on the way to the distribution.” It’s a straight truck with a load on it in the cold of winter, $3,500 – $4,000 repair. The truck will have to be towed in ($450) and the load of groceries transferred on to another truck and head to the distribution 70 miles away. It’s been that kind of week.
On Monday the head gasket blew out of one of our semi Tractors and the repair estimate is $5,000 – $6,000 to fix. We decided to salvage the truck.
On Tuesday a call came that the clutch came apart on another one of our semi tractors so it is in the shop getting a new clutch, same price better truck.
On Wednesday I got another call that one of our semi-trailers had the under pin that connects it to the tractor rip away from the frame. It is a very expensive repair and I expect we will salvage the trailer.
On Wednesday I got the call that the bearings were going out of one of our electric trailers that we use for frozen food in Waupaca. That’s probably only an $800 repair.
On Thursday I was sent a picture of a broken windshield on another one of our tractors. So I called our insurance company and they arranged for a new one to be put in. Fortunately, we have 100% glass coverage.
On Friday I received a call that another one of our semi tractors had a sensor go out on it and it is now in the shop waiting for parts that probably won’t arrive until Tuesday. It’s a cheap repair at maybe $600.
Also on Friday I received a call that one of our reefer trailers had the reefer unit quit working and the compressor is out on it, $5,000 repair. Scrap the reefer, replace it or maybe the trailer too.
You just can’t make this stuff up!
When I sent out the EMERGENCYGRAM in December, this is the kind of equipment needs I was talking about. It is also very difficult for our staff. Please pray for them.
I would appreciate your prayers as we are in need of two semi tractors that we usually spend about $25,000 each for 10-year-old trucks with 800,000 to 1,000,000 miles on them. New semi tractors are about $130,000.
We need 10-12 additional trailers that we are shopping for right now. We need to add trailers and replace trailers. The Emergency Gram from December took in about $4,700, which we are very thankful for! Old used trailers like we have sell for about $10,000 each (Ours are worth less than half of that) and decent used ones up to about $30,000 each. Four year old reefer trailers sell for up to $50,000 each and new ones are about $70,000. Multiply any of these numbers by 10 or 12 and you will see the problem.
I need something from you today more important than your money. WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS … for me, our staff, volunteers … and guests needing food. Only God can provide the miracle we need right now and I am asking everyone who reads this to share it with others, pause for a moment and ask God to remember our needs today.
And if you have prayer needs, please email them to me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share them with our prayer team, our staff and our network in confidence as I know you have needs too. One thing we can all do is pray for one another. It’s one of the rare things in life that’s free that we can all join in and participate.
Please remember to pray right now!
“If I never had a problem I wouldn’t know that God could solve them, I would never know what faith in God could do.” -Andre Crouch, “Through it All” song