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CLINTON WHITE, Shade for Children VICKSBURG, MS Follow

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It's time for bigger "Ministry Vehicle". A mini-van or van or mpv.

I remember well the time when we used to take public transportation to the town more than an hour and a half away to visit the toddler-orphans. If someone didn't go in the morning to the bus station to purchase tickets (for seats) then we'd have to stand on the bus for the 90 minute ride. By the time we were finished at that orphanage, there were no more busses back home so we had to wait on a train that came through at 8 pm and then ride more than 2 hours back home. Before we had a vehicle it took us from 2 pm -10 pm to visit orphans for 2 hours! Did I mention that once we arrived in town via bus we had to walk 30 minutes to the orphanage and then back to the train station in the evening...heat, cold, rain, sleet, snow...you name it.

Later, my friend Rudy bought a van but he wasn't/isn't always available. Oftentimes we hired a driver but that was always subject to availability as well.  Finally, in 2016 I bought a small car- a 2011 Ford Fiesta that seats 5 people. It's been a great little car but here lately it's too small for our weekly orphanage visits; almost every week I find myself telling someone they can't go simply because we don't have room for them. I hate that.

So, in consultation with my American Pastor (who visited Ukraine last summer with a team that I couldn't provide transporation for with my Ford Fiesta), I have decided to purchase a van for ministry. 

I'm perfectly content with a used vehicle. I don't expect to use it more than 3-4 days a week at the most (except when I'm hosting teams a few times a year and then would use it every day). I would like an 7-9 seat mini-van; anything bigger than that would be a full-size van. I think I can find something in the $13000 range and I'm willing to sell my car but my Pastor and I both feel like it would be best if I can keep the car for everyday use.

You can get an idea of the prices I'm looking at by searching cars
at:
https://auto.ria.com/auto_peugeot_expert_pass_23238862.html
 https://auto.ria.com/auto_hyundai_h1_pass_23451242.html

An important note about GIVING:
If you give directly to this campaign then it is NOT Tax-deductible.
There are two ways you can give a tax-deductible gift:
1) Give to me through Commission to Every Nation and leave a note that the money is for the "ministry vehicle". 2) You can also give to Zion Hill Baptist Church in Wesson, Mississippi with the money designated for Clinton White's Ministry Vehicle in Ukraine.

Every year around tax-time, I get one-time gifts from faithful supporters and friends- tax-refunds I guess.  This year I'm pledging all of those special gifts January-April to this project.

Vickie Raulin

2019-06-14 15:08:53

Praying for blessings upon all who are a part of this... for a reliable, safe, comfortable, long-living vehicle for the ministry... for the children... for everyone... thank You, Jesus...

Shannon Slover

2019-06-09 16:00:25

Geaux Clinton. God Bless.

Dana L Cobb

2019-05-21 17:33:43

Until the day we can visit you on a mission trip I hope your van is packed out with volunteers who minister to these precious children.

Vickie Raulin

2019-05-20 00:11:35

God bless...

Janet L Tuttle

2019-05-17 19:27:44

Praying that this becomes a reality, wish with all my heart that I had more to give, Clinton.

Craig Norton

2019-05-04 13:07:23

Give all those kids a hug for us. - Craig & Jennifer

Anonymous

2019-04-30 15:34:19

God bless the children, and those who attend them.

Charlotte Worthington

2019-04-20 17:30:46

Clinton has poured his whole life into this ministry.

Vickie Raulin

2019-02-21 20:27:20

God bless you all...

Janet Tuttle

2019-02-13 22:05:08

Praying this becomes a reality!

Vickie Raulin

2019-02-02 22:56:57

May God bless each one who prays for this, and bless us all with bounty to share...

Update #3
June 10, 2019, 4:37 am

After four months plus a 10 day extension I'm calling it a wrap on this campaign. The good news is that I actually met the goal thanks to a significant general donation that I can use for the vehicle as well as other needs. 

So now I'm intently looking for a vehicle and to be honest, I'm still not exactly sure what I want.  My budget is $15000. For that I can buy a full-size van (8-9 passenger) like a VW Transporter 5, or a Mercedes Vito, or a Hyundai H1 in the 2012-13, 100k miles range. 

Or I could buy a 2012-14 minivan from the States with about the same mileage. A Honda Odyssey would seat 8, the Toyota's or Kia's would only seat 7. A US minivan would be considerably more comfortable than anything I could buy here. Shipping would cost about $1500 so my budget would be $13500 max.

It seems intuitive that it would be cheaper to own, operate, and maintain one car rather than two so if I get a comfy minivan, then I could sell my car. However, if I buy a full-size van here in Ukraine then I'd probably keep my Ford Fiesta.

Decisions, decisions.

Keep me in your prayers and if you know someone that wants to make a sweet deal on a vehicle to ship to Ukraine then let me know.

Update #2
May 29, 2019, 3:46 pm

Hi Friends,

I extended this campaign until Monday, June 9 to give my church two more Sundays to collect funds; and money given through this website is deposited on Mondays so Monday, June 10 I look forward to closing the campaign and announcing the imminent purchase of a van. I have been spectacularly blessed this past week with a gift that I can use for the van or for other ministry and since we are also raising money for camp, I'm trying to hold off on committing all of that gift to the van. One way or the other, one more week and we'll reach the finish line.

Update #1
May 21, 2019, 8:57 am

Now that I'm over the halfway mark I've reached out to a couple of sources that might be able to finish the fundraising. I'm waiting and praying.

I'm also leaning towards purchasing a used mini-van, something like a 2012 or newer Honda Odyssey with 8 places, from the States and having it shipped to Ukraine. 

This might be an opportunity for you or someone you know that wants to sell such a van. I would need to have a family member in the States use a Power of Attorney to get it titled and tagged and then I would need to get the van to the Port of Savannah for shipping. 

The prices are much better for a comparable car in the States and I would reasonably expect the mileage to be easier on a car in the States than here in Ukraine. I can ship for about $1000 and then up to that much in fees once it arrives in Ukraine. As a foreigner, I can drive a foreign-tagged vehicle with minimal fuss and then next year when I obtain Permanent Residency in Ukraine I can convert it to Ukrainian registration.

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CLINTON WHITE, Shade for Children VICKSBURG, MS Follow

$10,282 of $15,000

69 % Complete 25 donation(s)
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Vickie Raulin

12 day(s) ago

Praying for blessings upon all who are a part of this... for a reliable, safe, comfortable, long-living vehicle for the ministry... for the children... for everyone... thank You, Jesus...

$50

Paula Trammell

16 day(s) ago


$100

Vickie Raulin

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$100

Shannon Slover

17 day(s) ago

Geaux Clinton. God Bless.

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The Rays

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T & H

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Dana L Cobb

36 day(s) ago

Until the day we can visit you on a mission trip I hope your van is packed out with volunteers who minister to these precious children.

$25

Vickie Raulin

37 day(s) ago

God bless...

$25

Janet L Tuttle

40 day(s) ago

Praying that this becomes a reality, wish with all my heart that I had more to give, Clinton.

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Craig Norton

53 day(s) ago

Give all those kids a hug for us. - Craig & Jennifer

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Anonymous Donor

57 day(s) ago

God bless the children, and those who attend them.

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Charlotte Worthington

67 day(s) ago

Clinton has poured his whole life into this ministry.

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Vickie Raulin

125 day(s) ago

God bless you all...

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Donations received through Zion Hill Baptist Church

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Janet Tuttle

133 day(s) ago

Praying this becomes a reality!

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Vickie Raulin

144 day(s) ago

May God bless each one who prays for this, and bless us all with bounty to share...

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