PET MO-Columbia update 2/25/13

*** On 12-12-11 we shipped a trial shipment of 16 PETs, to the Mennonite
mission work in Paraguay. We included some PETs of each style, plus some
mini-marts. The response was very positive, and on 10-15-12 we shipped them
a container of 197 PETs. Their director, Heinrich Dyck, sent an e-mail last
week reporting that the container had arrived.


“…finally the PETs arrived in Asuncion after traveling and waiting in
ports for more or less two months in the Paraguay River, because of the low
watershed they had in the last months. We will begin to assemble them and
hand them over to the beneficiaries in the first March week. Thank you again
for helping the people in need in our country.” Heinrich Dyck.

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*** PETs are indeed world travelers. Walt Hays, of Anchorage, AK, is a
leader in the Lions Clubs, and an avid PET promoter. John Shaffer and John
& Julie Haddock, of the state of Washington work with him. They will have a
PET at the next meeting of Lions Clubs International, in Hamburg, Germany. I
have recently had conversations with John Haddock as to the best way to get
the demonstration PET to Hamburg and have suggested that they take it on
their plane as luggage. Our experience has been favoring that. One woman
took a PET all the way to Malawi, and it arrived in very good condition
(see attached report 2010).

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A REPORT FROM ZAMBIA: The request for PETs to be developed came from Larry
Hills in war-torn Zaire in 1994. He retired and 13 years ago that mission
moved across the river into Zambia, with Delbert Groves as the director.
Since that time both the United Methodist Church there and PET have grown
very rapidly. In 2000 there were only 5 active congregations in Zambia, and
it was not a conference. Today there are over 90 congregations and they make
up the new Zambia UMC Conference. They are building a new PET facility
building, and are intent upon doubling their PET production from 500
annually to 1000. PET and the church are natural partners.

PET Zambia supplies nearby countries (Is anything “nearby” in Africa)
with PETs. They are taking 50 PETs to Malawi in April, and have plans for a
load to Angola later this year.

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*** Austin Keith, PET volunteer, loaned me a book I HIGHLY recommend.
“Slavery by Another Name.” by Douglas Blackmon, Anchor, 2008 “In this
groundbreaking expose, Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful
chapters in American history–an “Age of Neoslavery” that thrived from the
aftermath of the Civil War through the days of World War II.” Use it as a
small group study.

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“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the
end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Mel West

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