How I Drive My Wheelchair Accessible Van: Adapted Van Series Post #1

About two years ago, the idea of me driving a vehicle was brought to my attention. I always knew I was capable of driving (somehow) but didn’t know where the money would come from. In order to have a van adapted, the requirements of the van had to be a maximum of 2 years old. Sooo basically a new van which is about 50K. That’s a TON of money. I felt financially insecure but knew I had to trust God that He would provide. Actually, if  we are being honest, I HAD to trust God for His provision because that was my only choice. I made a personal goal and prayed I’d raise the majority of the money by the end of 2016.

In January 2016, I had a fundraiser for my 21st birthday. I was hopeful, we raised a good amount but knew it would take a couple more fundraisers to reach my goal. Fast forward to May at the Women’s Conference hosted by my church, 7 Hills, God decided now was the time to show up! And boy did He ever. At the conference, I had the opportunity to share my testimony through a video in front of about 600 ladies. I knew that it was my responsibility to share what Christ has done in my life but I was very nervous and felt very vulnerable. 600 is a huge number. I have shared my story before but it never felt this intense. It was like, “hey here’s a story about how I road in the back of a truck, it wrecked, I almost died in the hospital, and then I got mad at God for MY decision to ride in the truck. THEN I realized how fooled I was by the devil and ran back to Jesus because I couldn’t face this life on my own.” It was real. It was raw. It was me. I was nervous but it was my responsibility to share it.

In the video, I shared that my goal was to not only walk again, but to drive. As you can imagine, word spread through the congregation of my need for a brand new van. As a result, at the last day of the conference, ALL $50,000 was donated!!!!!!!!!!! ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But that’s not where the craziness ends. On that day, I completely forgot it was May 21st. The day of my anniversary, 4 years since the accident. I was talking to my friend who explained the significance of the number 4 in the Bible. It signifies a new season and appointed times. On the Fourth day of creation, God brought the sun, moon, and stars into existence. Thus creating days, nights, seasons, and years. The Hebrew word for “seasons” is moed which is translates to “appointed times” or divine appointments.

My 4th anniversary was a divine appointment. Raising ALL money for my van was the start of a new season of independence.

At the beginning of 2016, I set a goal to raise all the money for my van by the end-of-the-year.

By October 2016, I passed all my training to drive fully independent.

God will provide and prove himself, you only need to keep the faith.

 

 

NOW, ENJOY SOME PICTURES AND EXPLANATIONS OF HOW I DRIVE!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

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Isn’t she pretty :’) This is my 2016 Toyota Sienna xle

I open the door & ramp with a button on my key fob

 

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I drive under the seatbelt that is already buckled

 

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The small screen on the right (not the screen that controls the radio, etc.) is how I operate the engine, windows, ac/heat, etc.

 

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Then I drive over a lock system that holds my chair in place.

 

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I steer with my right hand. I use the gas and break with my left hand. I push forward for gas and pull backwards for the break. My hands are always shaped in a fist so I slide the peg in between my palm and fingers.

 

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VOILÀ!!!!!!!

 

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