November 12, 2013
Dear PET administrators and affiliates,
Thank you for you all do to give mobility to the dear people of Swaziland.
Enclosed are questionnaires, a short story, and photos of just a few PET carts which The Luke Commission gives away at every mobile hospital site. It’s a tremendous privilege, new each time a Swazi with pride and gratitude is seated in a life-changing cart.
Our staff takes great pride in assembling the carts and explaining how to care for carts and repair them.
Dr. Harry VanderWal explains to new recipients that the carts are given, for as long as they need them, from people in the United States who love Jesus. Harry emphasizes that the cart belongs to the village, so it will be passed down to others who are needy in the future.
The smiles, clapping, and abundant joy permeate the presentation of each new PET cart. We can’t thank you enough for partnering with The Luke Commission to reach the folks in the rural areas who are often overlooked and forgotten.
To God be the glory!
Janet Tuinstra from all the TLC team
What a difference a PET makes! Not a big dog or a tiny kitty but a Personal Energy Transportation cart.
Recently at a Luke Commission Compassionate Medicine mobile hospital site, three Swazis enthusiastically conveyed their appreciation to all those in the U.S. who give generously of their time and talents and finances to make PET carts.
One man the TLC team met on the road pedaling quickly to get to the rural school where the mobile clinic, recently renamed by the Swazi government as a “mobile hospital,” was in full swing with hundreds of patients waiting in lines to receive free health care.
Three years ago, The Luke Commission team assembled his cart for this man, explained how to maintain it, and turned him loose with a new sense of independence.
“I’m too grateful for this gift,” he said. “My life is different now.”
A lady with a crank cart lives alone and is able to make a living with her PET. She sells food at the school, so she uses her cart to haul her merchandise.
All of her children have died. She does have two grandchildren who stay with her on holidays. Otherwise, she must do everything for herself, even though she cannot walk. She said she sits in her cart all the time, unless she is sleeping.
Another lady who uses a pull PET is a longtime TLC patient. Co-director notes, “I look for this lady when we go to her community each year. Her English is excellent, and she speaks encouragement to all around her.”
Injured in a car accident 21 years ago, her lower body appears useless. But with her hands she makes items to sell, which she then packs into her pull cart to distribute. Her husband, the caregiver, does the “pulling.”
On one side of her PET, she has written in SiSwati, “Disability is not a disgrace.” On the other side of her cart, she declares, “People have feet but can’t walk.”
All three Swazis said they use their PET carts exclusively – to get from place to place, to work, to eat, to visit, to rest, to feel like other people.
by Janet Tuinstra for The Luke Commission