The roads in India are
very rough. The used cars there have been driven over these
roads until they are worn out and undependable. There are no
good used dependable cars available in India. When someone
gets a car, it is generally driven until it is useless and then
discarded. The only option is to get a new one that can be
depended on to get from village to village. The route
that Esudas currently takes in his work is about 1100 kilometers
a month. This includes one trip to worship in all
three congregations and three individual trips for midweek bible
Very few of the roads
are paved, most are dirt roads and poorly maintained.
There is a mechanic in the city of Narasraopet where he lives,
but none in the villages where he works.
that Esudas has purchased for his work is an Ambassador Diesel SS nc FSS. It gets 17 kilometers to the liter of fuel.
It carries 7 people and is well suited for use on the local
roads where Esudas works.
This modest vehicle cost
about $10,000 dollars new and Esudas has it on a payment plan.
This required a down payment and a current monthly cost of $125.00. This includes all
taxes and insurance.
Diesel fuel is available
for the current price of $0.82 per liter. At the mileage
this car gets and the traveling Esudas does in general, it will
cost about $55.00 a month to operate this vehicle. Tires
and maintenance will run the monthly cost up higher.
Currently Esudas needs about $180.00 a month to make the
payments and fuel his new vehicle with the cost fluctuating
based on his usage.
This vehicle will not
transport his entire family to worship services. He has 12
children counting his orphans. They have a morning service
on Sunday before he leaves and 9 children have to stay behind.
A van capable of transporting his entire family would cost
approximately $13,000.00. The Ambassador car is the
cheapest workable option available to him at this time.
Currently Esudas now has
possession of the new car. It has been registered and he
is now licensed to drive it. His supporters are grateful he has
been able to acquire this vehicle and are hoping it will help in
Esudas' work to the saving of souls and the glory of God.