This 1960s-era bright red Chevrolet Impala is restored in the low-rider style and even has a special designation as a historic vehicle. 

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FORT MOHAVE —Mohave Valley United Methodist Church was able to fill its parking lot Saturday with an array of classic cars to help raise money for the church’s upcoming mission to Belize in December.

Darryl Franklin, head of the True Impressions car club as well as a member of the church in Fort Mohave, showed his 1993 Lincoln Town Car with blue glitter paint and a white lace design on the roof.

“There has been a good turnout for some great cars,” he said.

And many of the other classic-car owners were eager to show their autos, including a 1960s-era Chevrolet Impala, bright red and tricked-out low-rider style with a historic vehicle license plate, as well a posh blue and silver 1946 Plymouth. 

Some local groups operated booths, and other churchgoers set up a prize raffle and sold food — such as pozole, chili and a variety of tasty snacks — to raise money.

But helping to pay for the upcoming mission trip was the focus. Area mission volunteers are part of the Hope Springs Water Well Project, which is working to reclaim 150 abandoned wells in Belize. 

“Wells down there are rusting out and contaminated,” said Mike Raleigh, a retired pastor who talked with visitors about the mission during the church’s fundraiser. He has led mission trips to Belize in the past.

The nonprofit organization concentrates efforts to bring clean water, better sanitation, hygiene education and improve public health in Belize and other parts of the developing world.

Another partner in the local church’s efforts is Bob Farley, of Global Outreach Ministries. He and his family have lived in the Boom Creek area of Belize for nearly 20 years. They assist missionaries who undertake missions across a wide area of Central America as well as Mexico.

In 2017, the Farleys welcomed 32 mission teams to their training center.  The team from the local Methodist church worked on a couple of wells to make them safe, taught the locals good hygiene practices and taught them about Christianity during their last trip a couple of years ago.

“You see things that go back 200 years,” Raleigh said of the agricultural lifestyle in the section of Belize that he has seen during past trips. “But that’s how it is there.”

For details about donating money for the trip, telephone the local church at 928-768-3092.

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