How God gave us a new van

God has given us a new van at the Besom.

We are thrilled by the way that God has provided for us to equip givers across the city. So in this blog Rob shares how God has provided and what we have learnt from him through his provision.

Nellie – our long standing van-helper went to the scrap yard. On a regular van run in Acomb, her head gasket blew meaning it was not worth fixing her. We’re incredibly thankful for Nellie and those who financially provided her!

We’d been praying for a new van for years, not knowing how long Nellie would carry on, but knowing that God is our provider. Despite the temptation to worry about how we were going to be able to continue helping people to give without a van, we didn’t panic but instead we continued to pray.

We’d actually been offered a van from another Besom only the week before! The Besom that offered us the van were in a process of working out if they needed a van anymore or if it would be better to pass it on to another Besom. We didn’t say yes to the offer at once, we wanted to pray first and ask God to provide for the running costs of the van.

Besom van
Rob collecting the new van

Yesterday I went to collect the new van and bring it back to York. God had amazingly provided financially for us to run the van.

So what have we learnt?

Just over a year a go we were burgled at the Besom office (you can read about it in a previous blog here), at that time God taught us an awful lot of things. As I’ve reflected I have come to realise that the Besom in York was actually in a better place post break-in than what is was before. I’m not saying that I hope we’ll be broken in to again but I’m thankful that God used that situation to shape us as individuals and a team and produce fruit.

The fruit that I’ve seen formed in the team is that of steadfastness – specifically a steadfastness to trust, rely and lean on God all of the time – to have a greater faith and trust that he will provide for our needs.

  1. God is working for our good and is way ahead of us. We were offered the new van a week before Nellie went to the scrap yard. God was already changing the shape of another Besom, showing them that a van is no longer needed. God gave us a van for £free!
  2. God is working behind our backs. He is not only working before us but he is backing us up and building us through prayer. He’s taught us that when you are always reliant on God in prayer nothing changes when you hit a crisis. Crisis points then become moments of peace, patience and even faith.
  3. God is loaded. The previous van was owned by a Christian in York who generously gave us priority use of it. This time we would need to run it ourselves but God came up with what was needed! One Wednesday we opened the to post to find a letter with a cheque for more than enough money to tax, insure, MOT and fuel the van for the next year!
  4. God exceeded (and continues to exceed) our hopes and expectations. We’re grateful for the new van. But more than that we’re grateful for how it has widened our view of God and what he can provide!

We’re excited to see the new van be a vehicle that equips the church in York to serve those in need and help people to see God and all of his goodness.

Adrian and Mike (left to right) giving time on the new van’s first ever van run in York!


The van’s first van run in York saw it deliver this sofa to a recipient who had specifically asked for a small, black leather sofa and a rug. Both fitted perfectly in the new home!


Hudson Taylor once said “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.”

Jesus said in Mathew 6 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… …But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”


2 thoughts on “How God gave us a new van

  1. Love this! God is so merciful, so generous and so good! Thank you for sharing so honestly and faithfully – I am so thankful to God for the Besom team and all you do to equip us and enable us to love God more, love others more and give like He does!

    Keep on going, don’t lose heart and thanks again.

    Emily York City Church



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