The guys at the dealership were great. We spent some time talking with them. We expected the same crazy look we had been getting all along when we gave the spiel. Instead, we got confirmation. They were digging what we were about and were prepared to help out in any way they could.
And help they did. They have given of themselves to make this happen for these people. Fast forward 24 hours later to today. Jason and I are driving out of All American Autos in a beautiful 2000 Land Rover Discovery II. All leather, 2 sunroofs, low miles, power everything and a 6 CD changer.
This is definitely a surreal feeling. Going to a place like Sudan is surreal enough; but to know that this January, these people who had NOTHING two years ago are going to have a well drilled, agriculture, and now the nicest ride in all of Southern Sudan... this just plain doesn't feel real. We spent a good hour at Tim's place freakin' out about how cool this all was.
So, what was originally just a wild idea is QUICKLY becoming a reality. We still have a long way to go, but what was seemingly the biggest part of it- getting a vehicle- is DONE! So, here's a mock-up of "the list."
Get a vehicle DONE
- Outfit it to travel across Africa (beef up suspension, tires, add plates under motor, etc)
- Arrange to have it shipped (drive it to NY or Houston, get it on the boat)
- Get plane tickets and arrange logistics of getting US to Africa
- Get money for the "Lost Boys'" tuition (also a major part of the trip)
Needless to say, we have a ways to go. But tonight shows us that this thing is going to come to fruition. We aren't gonna lie- we need your help. Pray for this thing to happen, and if you feel led to part with ANYTHING to go to these people, then get in touch with us or come and get your car washed.
But just in case you are wondering if this is possible... peep the pictures again. We got the sweet ride now. It's on.