PET MO-Columbia update 11/25/13

Goal to date: 1692 Actual to date: 1593

*** PETs are sometimes taken as baggage to individuals that mission workers
or others have seen and for whom they have a special compassion. Deaconess
Pat Nuffer, of Hands of Mercy, reports on a PET so delivered:

IMG_0901“We got a PET over there successfully and assembled it there, delivering it to Stephen, the recipient. He makes wooden chairs and so now can use the PET not only for personal mobility but also to deliver his chairs to
customers.

“I just wanted you to know it did work out. We had to repackage the PET in 2 boxes of 50 pounds each for Delta to take it as luggage for free (included on ticket). Then we paid to get it flown on to the missionary flight from Uganda to Sudan. But it all went well and you can now see another person helped by your device.”
Pat Nuffer

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*** The original PET? I have before me as I write a sketch of a man seated
on a three-wheeled device that works just like our PET. It has three wheels
about 24″ tall, a large square gear-box (I assume) on the front and two
crank handles. A man is seated in it with hands on the cranks. The
information says it was made in 1680 by Stephen Farffler, a German
watchmaker. It is believed to be the first self-propelled wheelchair, and
the precursor to the modern-day bicycle and tri-cycle.

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A plea from Malawi for more PETs:

IMGP0153 IMGP0140“We are having elections next year in Malawi. The PETs you are donating will enable disabled people with mobility problems to participate in voting
for the first time. Pastors from different churches are coming to us to ask
for assistance for they have disabled school-going children, but have no
mobility. They need our hand. With this demand we really need more PETs. God
bless you all.- George Chimpiko of KODO (Kuthandiza Osayenda Disability
Outreach) (Some of our Columbia made PETs were sent to PET Zambia and they
delivered to KODO, see attached.)

Reminder for next Tuesday Dec. 3: For years PET MO-Columbia has been a
specially approved mission/Advance project at the national level of the
United Methodist Church. Anyone can give thru this online avenue. Now on
Dec. 3 they are offering a matching opportunity for online gifts. The note
below is posted on our website under Help, Donate Online. Gifts given one
month are received at PET the next with a list of names, addresses and
amount from each. Kathy Maynard, Business Administrator

Dear PET Friends,
When you make an online donation on December 3 your gift will multiply! For one day only, on December 3, 2013 as part of UMC #GivingTuesday gifts made to our project through Advance #982665 will be matched*. As always, when you give to us through The Advance, 100 percent of your gift directly supports our ministry; overhead costs are covered through other channels.

Global Ministries will allocate the “matching funds” dollar for dollar up to the first $500,000 in gifts to Advance projects received online on December 3, 2013, between 12:00 a.m. EST and 11:59 p.m. A maximum of $10,000 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $50,000 in matching funds.

Thank you so much for your faithful support and for doubling your impact by making a generous gift on December 3.

Sincerely, PET MO-Columbia

This link goes straight to our PET page: https://secure3.convio.net/gbgm/site/SPageNavigator/gbgm_donate.html?type=1001&project=982665

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“Life can be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.” –
Kirkegaard

Mel West, Director Emeritus

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