It is with great joy that we present Sunny Samson, the project's "new" 1974 FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser! This yellow jeep has been a bright spot for us over the last couple weeks. We've seen God's hand leading through the whole process, from inspiring supporters to contribute to the vehicle fund all the way to choosing this very vehicle.
As the vehicle fund grew, so did our efforts to find one. Several seemingly good vehicles passed beyond our reach for one reason or another. We went to look at Samson for purely educational purposes as we were looking for a bigger and newer Land Cruiser. It's rust-free condition and complete paperwork were a pleasant surprise, however.
We continued our search by internet, newspaper, and trips to used car markets in La Paz and Cochabamba with no definite results. God seemed to have a different plan. We began to pray more fervently for the vehicle of God's choosing. DJ got up early one Sunday morning and spent a good deal of time in prayer. By mid-morning, he told me that he felt impressed that God had chosen the little yellow Land Cruiser we'd seen a week before. Also, he felt that although the owners were asking $7,200 for the vehicle, that he should only pay $6,000. That afternoon, DJ went with a friend to take a closer look at the jeep. After test-driving it, he made his offer of $6,000. Amazingly, the owners accepted it!
On his way back home, he looked out over the canyon bowl and there, over the South Zone of the city, was a huge double rainbow! God would work this out!
It took the rest of the week to get everything straightened out for the sale, but by the time we had finished the transaction, we had made some new friends. The owner's wife and their three kids are coming to our weekly small group Bible study!
Sunny Samson, as he's become to us, now lives happily in his little spot in the courtyard in front of our apartment, basking in the sunshine and getting a little TLC. We named him Samson after the faithful mule that carried Adventist missionary Fernando Stahl all over these highlands in the early pioneer days.
Being over 40 years old, Samson has some things that need attention before we head out to the mountains. Since we found the vehicle at a lower price than we anticipated, the money that remained in the vehicle fund after the purchase should help us make the repairs and upgrades that Samson needs.
So the work has already begun! DJ has asked for some advice on a Land Cruiser forum and has met many helpful, generous people. Several have offered to donate parts and tools that we would have otherwise had to buy. DJ has also been able to find many parts here in La Paz for reasonable prices. We look forward to having a friend come down in a month to bring more parts and tools and help us get Samson ready for quests to the remote regions of western Bolivia.
We praise God for Sunny Samson and thank Him for all the soul-saving work that He has planned for the yellow jeep and for us!
- DJ & Jodi Knott -
Vehicle Fund, total raised: $8,830
Calculated expenses: $9,500 STILL NEEDED to finish Vehicle Campaign: $670
If you would like to help finish this campaign, you can send a check to:
P.O. Box 2358
Collegedale, TN 37315
(Please include a NOTE: Vehicle Fund)
OR send a donation via credit card or paypal at the link below:
(Purpose - Vehicle Fund)
We are fast approaching two months in Bolivia. How time flies!
In a nutshell, the last month has been full of getting our feet on the ground – finding a place to live, battling sickness, and looking for avenues to match our skill set with the needs of the people here. I wish we could say that we have all the answers in place, but we're still solidly in the learning phase!
Throughout all the topsy-turvy of the last month, we've been drawn to focus more on prayer. Prayer has brought us to a lovely little apartment,through a divine appointment. Prayer has opened the door to get to know our neighbors better, and softened our landlords' hearts to share several important pieces of furniture with us. Through prayer we've recovered from various illnesses, and prayer has led us to get to know people who "know people." Nevertheless, there is always room for more prayer. We are reading through a small book on prayer called Daring to Ask For More, by Melody Mason. We highly recommend it! Ultimately, prayer is the secret ingredient to soul-saving mission work – whether at home or in a far-away land.
Two weeks ago, we took a trip out to the village of Malla (pronounced My-a), a small village located in a high valley surrounded by steep mountains. The purpose of the trip was to survey a potential runway site and give recommendations to the mayor and his council. The area was beautiful and we drove for hours on a four-wheel drive track cut into the side of the mountain. We saw lots of llamas, vicuñas (small, wild llama-like animals), and a huge Andean condor. The runway site is located on the top of a rounded alpine mountain at 16,000 ft, not too far from rugged snow-capped mountains reaching to 21,000 ft. The only unfortunate thing from the whole trip is that I accidentally deleted all our photos from the day!
Our vehicle fund is growing! We've reached $7,750, 65% of our goal, and more importantly we are getting close to the purchase price of the 35-year-old Land Cruisers we're interested in. The rest of the $12,000 goal will be used for initial service, repairs, and upgrades in preparation for travel tothe remote areas.
Please join us in praying that God helps us to find the right vehicle. Last week we had an opportunity to go and see our highest interest Land Cruiser, but when we called the owner, he was in the middle of a sale on it. We trust that God has a good plan!
Our kitchen when we first moved into our new apartment.
Our kitchen a week later.
Illimani out our bathroom window.
This project is funded entirely by donations. If you'd like to be a part, we accept tax-deductible donations through Gospel Mission Aviation, Inc.
Donations can be given: - Link on the "Donate" page of our website - PayPal (email@example.com) - Check: P.O. Box 2358, Collegedale, TN 37315 Please include a note stating "Bolivia Highlands - Knott."
100% of your donations go directly to our project. Thanks for being the wind in our sails and the oxygen for our fire!