Storm Lake family leaving everything behind to become missionaries in Haiti
The family behind a long-time, well-known Northwest Iowa car dealership is making a big turn in their lives. They're leaving almost everything behind in their home of Storm Lake to become a missionaries in Haiti.
For Chris Rasmussen, selling cars is not a problem. He's one of the owners of Rasmussen Ford of Storm Lake and Cherokee. A family-owned dealership of more than 40 years.
But the long-time business owner is on another mission, a mission overseas, helping people in disaster stricken communities.
"And we're really doing God's work down there and it would be nice to have a lot of people behind us," said Rasmussen.
In the Spring of 2014, Rasmussen and his family went on their very first trip to Haiti. Since then, they've been there six times. Most recently, last Fall after Hurricane Michael struck Haiti. And it would soon become their calling.
"And so the area (Les Cayes, Haiti) where we're going, actually took the brunt of the force when Hurricane Matthew went through," said Rasmussen.
In January of this year, Chris and his wife Michelle became full-time missionaries for GoServ Global, a non-profit that gives volunteers an opportunity to transform the lives of people.
"God has opened every door for us so far and has called us there and so we'll stay there indefinitely as long as He allows that we're there. If that path changes, then we'll change at that point," said Michelle Rasmussen.
And will commit their day-to-day lives as volunteers. All this without a paycheck, just serving the community, to provide leadership and mentoring for the men, women, and children in Les Cayes.
"And so to build relationships and be an example for all of the girls and all of the boys and also the adults that we're interacting with everyday," said Michelle Rasmussen.
The Rasmussens have enough funds to move there, but they're asking people to help support them so they can stay there.
"We're going to have a fundraiser on April 28th at Summit Church and we're going to help raise funds for our living expenses while we're down there," said Rasmussen.
There will be a fundraiser Friday, April 28 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Summit Evangelical Free Church, located at 1000 S Main St, Alta, Iowa 51002.
The family plans to move in early June.