The Meadow Lane Bus Conversion
Meadow Lane is thrilled to announce that God has blessed us with a new form of transportation. We have purchased an MCI 102C3 for our travels and we are excited to get started on the renovation. There is a ton of work to be done and we welcome anyone who would like to help.
The coach was originally a Charter bus as you can see and is still seated at the moment, but soon those seats will be gone and the inside gutted so that we can custom build the interior to our needs.
With God’s help and your support we plan to have the coach in use by late spring. This will require many items that are somewhat costly, but necessary to make the coach feasible to be driven across the country.
If you would like to sew a seed into our ministry this is a great way to do so. We are accepting donations for the conversion. Any amount is acceptable and God will bless you for it. Remember the woman that gave all she had, even though it wasn't much, God blessed her abundantly for it.
Thankfully the bus is mechanically sound and needs very little work on engine/transmission/drivetrain other than a routine oil and filter change. We will be visiting a tire shop just for clarification that the tires are in date and free from any problems.
As mentioned before, the components needed to put this coach in service are costly. One of the very first needs is a generator to supply power for air conditioners, refrigerator, microwave and any other appliance that will be used. Generators alone are around $5,000 to $7,000 not including installation expenses.
Of course there will be many other necessary items and procedures in the future to convert this coach into a useful tool for our ministry. If you would like to donate specific items or services to this cause you may do so by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 423-505-6956. There we can discuss your contribution further.
Meadow Lane has always operated solely upon the contributions and support of our fans and friends as they have been directed by God to supply. If God is directing you to do so, please click the donate button below to make a contribution to the bus conversion fund. God will surely bless you for it and we would appreciate your donation no matter how big or small.
The Facebook Announcement
Initial Coach Pictures
We have already made some progress as you can see. It was a long and grueling procedure taking the seats out. Many thanks to our great friends, Michael and Michelle Blackwell for all of their help. In a two day process where our own Bailey Aaron possibly tore a rotator cuff while working, we ripped these seats out and took all of the cushions off of them so they could be taken to the metal salvage yard. We did all of this with the help of our friends while it was 18 to 23 degrees outside!
Our next project is to remove the overhead storage compartments which we have all hit our heads on more times than we would like to call to your attention. They run the length of the passenger area and have two sets of fluorescent lights inside of them which we will have to take great care not to burst.
After that process will be the removal of the factory air vent that runs along each outer wall of the coach. It is difficult to build walls and cabinetry without the vent removed. We have seen it many times where, with the greatest intentions, the vent was left in place to utilize the factory air, but unfortunately when you begin to build walls and different rooms around the vent, the air never seems to work as well, so we will of course be installing roof mounted heat and air conditioning. Since we will not be using the factory heat or air the vent will no longer be needed.
This will allow us to begin sectioning out the bus into different zones like front lounge/bunk area/bathroom/rear lounge. At that point, you will begin to be able to see what it will look like.
We would like to once again thank our fans and friends for their generous support. We have received donations from several people that will be used to buy much needed supplies and components for the conversion process. You too can help by clicking the donate button and making a contribution to the bus conversion fund. Thank you so much for your support.
Late Nights, Big Changes, and Fantastic Results
Just before our wonderful trip out west which started on June 6th, the coach underwent an incredible transformation. In a matter of about a week and a half the bus went from having a mostly empty interior to having walls, bunks, a functioning shower, a generator and roof mounted air conditioners. We would like to thank several people for their tireless hours of help through this process. There were many late nights. The latest of which was the night before we left in which Lynn Epperson, Adam Epperson and Dallas and Shelly Rogers stayed up with Jeremy burning the midnight oil until well after midnight. Three hours past midnight to be exact. Other friends that helped that week include Paul Shull and Rob Parker who allowed us to use their facilities at the school, The King family: Shawn, Paula, Chris and Tiffany who all helped with the installation of the air conditioners, and Michael and Michelle Blackwell. Michael gave Jeremy a 5 minute crash welding course so he could weld in the braces for the air conditioners. It must have been a great crash course. The units survived a 3500 mile round trip without falling off. While Jeremy and Michael were doing welding 101, Michelle helped Amanda and Paula do a clean-up on the coach. We are so excited about how well the coach is coming together, but it still has a long way to go before it is complete. The coach is now "livable" and can be used to travel in. And after the west trip it has definitely been proven to be road worthy.