Long-time Storm Lake auto dealer and his family prepare to become missionaries in Haiti

The Rasmussen family will help people in disaster stricken communities

ALTA, Iowa - A Storm Lake auto dealer and his family, are picking up and leaving everything behind, to become missionaries in Haiti.

A church in Alta, Iowa, holding a fundraiser Friday, for the Rasmussen family, to help support them as they embark on this big change.

Chris Rasmussen has been one of the owners of a family-owned dealership in Storm Lake and Cherokee, for more than 40 years.

But now, Chris and wife Michelle, say it's time for a new mission.

A fundraiser, with a silent auction, was held at the Summit Evangelical Free Church in Alta Friday evening.

Money raised, goes to the families living expenses, so they can go help people in disaster stricken communities.

Chris and Michelle Rasmussen said their first mission trip to Haiti in 2014, really had a huge impact on their lives. 

The couple has three kids, a daughter who is a Sophomore in high school and will be staying in Iowa until she graduates and two boys, ages 5 and 7, who are excited about their move.

Since their mission trip in 2014, the Rasmussen family have been to Haiti six times.

Each time, their love growing stronger for serving people of all ages in the Haiti community.

 "The last night that we were there, the girls that I had connected with, I looked at them and I had no choice but to say, 'I'll be back,' because I couldn't part from them," said Michelle Rasmussen. "God has just been growing that since then and we're lucky enough that he's built that passion in both of us together." 

Chris Rasmussen said family and friends were shocked at first when they heard the news of the move, but over time, they realized what Chris and Michelle knew all along, this was something they were called to do. 

"There's a lot of time where it's not the popular thing and it's not the worldly thing or the cultural thing to do but if you follow Christ and you follow God and how he leads you, then you're blessed in return," said Chris Rasmussen. "We found that this was a scary decision to make but when we put ourselves in the middle of God's will, we've been protected this whole time." 

The Rasmussen family already have a home and a car in Haiti, but other than that, Chris and Michelle said they are selling everything and only taking what they can carry over to their new home.

The Rasmussen family leaves in about 6 weeks.

Chris said their initial plan is to stay for 3 years, then re-access and see where they are at, and whether or not they will extend their stay.

KCAU 9 News wishes the Rasmussen family the best of luck!

 


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