Monday, March 23, 2009

Jean Pierre on the road to Pakistan

Jeanne Pierre (affectionately known as "JP") is the Director of Feed The Hungry Germany and he's on his way to Lahore, Pakistan with his two boys in tow. The interesting thing is that JP will be driving to Lahore... from Germany... in an ambulance! On a journey of approximately 4,000 miles let's hope the boys don't start with the "Dad, are we there yet?" routine until they hit the border of Iran at least.

JP will be bringing the ambulance to our partner ministry in Lahore, the Evangelical Fellowship of Pakistan. Our plan is to send a shipping container of medical supplies from LeSEA Global Feed The Hungry to keep the ambulance stocked and ready to go for years to come.

It’s a long trip through eastern Europe, Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan (driving all day every day for 18 days) and things were kind of unstable in Pakistan a few weeks back, but have gotten better since then. Please keep JP and his boys in mind whenever you're on the road or shuttling your kids about.

Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2009 4:56 AM
To: Stefan Radelich
Subject: Update on Ambulance Trip

Good Morning Everybody,

Greetings from a nice and sunny morning in Germany. Spring seems to come. For sure our departure day is coming. Our website says since Monday, that the countdown is running. Every day one day less.

Little update: The ambulance is back from the shop since two weeks. The owner of the shop told me, that it is in an excellent condition. They checked everything. They made an oil change, checked the motor and the transmission. They replace the two front tires and that’s also the only thing they charged us for. Praise the LORD. I had a very good press meeting last week. They did a great article in the paper on last Thursday. The paper probably sold well that day. The day before, on Wednesday we had that school shooting you may heart of. Big tragedy. Germany is the number two on list of school shooting in the world. Shows me how much my country need to hear about JESUS.

I worked a lot on the webpage. We started to type a blog. It is of course in German, but I give you the link, if you want to at least see it. I put a lot of photos in there from the preparing process. Last night we started to pack.

I am in constantly contact with Pastor Salik. He informed me Monday, that the situation in Pakistan, also in Lahore calmed down. I would not say that we can talk about a peaceful country. This area will be an unrest region for a long time. Challenge to us, to be a witness for JESUS in this time of history.

The Turkish government does not allow us to cross their country with a “transfer car license”. No idea what the English term will be. So we have to go with the normal license plate. But that means, I have to take the entire car documents all the way back to Germany, cancel the registration and send the papers back by Fedex. Stupid rules. We could drive around Turkey with a transfer number I would like to use, or sell a car in country, but we can just go through. Well, wasting time to think about it. I spoke with Salik about it, that what we will do. At the border in Pakistan we have to get insurance. My insurance is only good up to the border Iran/Pakistan. A company gave us a satellite phone. Ben will send me text messages in case something emergency goes on in Pakistan. We may have no access to news for a number of days. So this way, I know what is going on. He will send text message trough the Iridium website. This is easy and for free.

I think that’s it for the moment. Find a photo that we took on Saturday. These are the “driving doctors”


1 comment:

gben01 said...

You know, it's kinda hard to read the first paragraph on the JP post. It's in blue on a black background.
Is that on purpose?