The following testimony of Tim Meadows, who for four years has graciously carried the major administrative load of Mechanical Services, points out the daunting dilemma facing us today.
“I started helping in the lease program when we had a staff change. I remember Birne and James talking about the lease program and not being sure what TECH would do, or if we would even be able to keep it going. While each of the ministry areas of TECH have great value to the churches and missions we serve, I felt then as I do now, the vehicle leasing program is the one ministry that touches the individual missionary the most. Therefore, I volunteered to coordinate the ministry in addition to my responsibilities as Manager, Computer Services.
“Over these four years, various missionaries and events readily come to mind. It has been such a blessing to greet people at the airport, or drop them off at Greyhound or Amtrak stations. One of the first families told me, ‘we will be easy to identify, we’ll be the 5 people with all the orange suitcases.’ Another coming to mind is the family that was withdrawn from Liberia because of Ebola. They came stateside not having any idea how long they would be here. Then there is the single woman who was supposed to have a car this coming summer for 9 weeks or so. When I got a call from her last September asking, ‘Is there any way I can have a car sooner and a lot longer?’ She needed the extended usage due to treatment needed for cancer. It has been such a blessing and a privilege to be one of the first people they see when getting home, and be the last one to pray with them as they leave!
“Now it is time I must give this up as I am overwhelmed with work in Computer Services. Nevertheless, I kept encountering a tension - there is a pull between really enjoying the process of assisting the missionaries with such a practical need, and realizing that my “primary” ministry needs to be my full focus now.”
Our prayer is that you sense the urgent need! Please join us in asking our loving Heavenly Father to help us identify that person, or persons, who can fill this critical need. We find it most difficult to believe that God would have us discontinue the program. Thank you for fervently joining us in praying and sharing the need with those within your circle of contacts that may be able to consider helping such a vitally needed service continue!