It’s hard to believe that in August we will be celebrating 10 years in Mexico! We are amazed at all that God has been doing in our lives and how He is using youth workers to impact young people throughout the country. We feel like He is just getting started.

When we first came to Mexico, we had no children. I can still remember the day we got our Dodge Stratus in 2003. We were studying Spanish in Cuernavaca at the time, and we took the bus from there to Mexico City (2 hours) where we then took the metro from one end to the other (1 hour), and a taxi (30 minutes), to where our car was. The first time I drove the car in the craziness of Mexico City traffic is an experience I’ll never forget.

We’ve had that same car ever since that crazy day, but we now have 3 growing children who don’t fit too well in the backseat, which hinders our ability to take other people with us. There’s also a law in Mexico City that makes you “rest” your car one day a week if it is 9 years old or older. Last month was the last month we could drive our old Stratus everyday. Now we cannot drive on Fridays or the fifth Saturday of the month, which are busy days for our ministry. Also, Nathan would love to have a bigger place to sit instead of being smushed between his brother and sister’s carseats.

So we need your help. We need to raise $8,000-$10,000 as soon as possible (hopefully by the end of August) so we can buy a minivan for our family and ministry. We’re asking everyone we know to chip in and help us get a newer used van so we can use it everyday and not be hindered in the ministry that we are doing.

If you’d like to help, please send a donation to Youth Ministry International and mark it as “Poulette Van Fund.” The address is: 1300 Envoy Cir. Suite 1306, Louisville, KY 40299.

You can also donate online by clicking the link here and put “Poulette Van Fund” in the comments box.