Greetings to all of you from us here in Pasadena. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for returning the fleet vehicle questionnaires to us which reflect important information about the vehicles you drive and for which you are responsible. This broad spectrum of input on operational problems as well as your personal impressions about our entire fleet program will be helpful. This will enable us to evaluate the many areas which are necessary to conduct such a far-flung fleet program in all fifty states, most effectively.

I realize that the vehicle needs vary as to the individual church areas due to weather conditions, church activities, size of family, etc. We want to try to fulfill all of these needs to the greatest degree possible within the budgetary constraints we are all having to work within.

As all of you are aware, we are having to make rather severe budgetary reductions in virtually every area of the Work. These are absolutely mandatory, of course, since we have a cash flow problem due to the receivership impact and resultant loss of credit with the banking institutions.

As a result we have decided to curtail the replacement of all of our fleet vehicles for the next few months in order to meet our necessary budgetary reductions. Fortunately we are current in nearly all of our vehicle trade-outs which will enable us to drive the vehicles a little bit longer even though you may be on the top end of the mileage level and are due for a trade-out. I am sure that during this current budgetary crisis, however, all of you will be very willing to drive the vehicles for a longer period of time. This will help us a great deal in balancing the budget.

We certainly appreciate the cooperation of all of you in this crisis and wanted you to know that we will do everything that we can to aid and assist you in the area of providing vehicles and service to expedite this most important work. Thanks again for all of your help!

—Ellis LaRavia

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Pastor General's ReportFebruary 27, 1979Vol 3 No. 6