Sunday School gives to build 8 PETs

PET MO-Columbia update 5-11-15

A Word of Praise for those Adult church school Classes:

Last Saturday I was invited to visit an adult church school class at a
local Seventh Day Adventist Church to “give a five minute update on PET
and receive a check.” The class of about 20 persons, mostly all
retired, handed me a check to build 8 PETs.

Uganda Mission Catalyst Mirriam.xxx drives across bridge to school Feb2014One of the class members has a daughter who has a friend who works in an orphanage in Uganda. A little girl there is leg-handicapped, a connection was made, and we provided the PET that changed her life and started their desire to do more. A fellow named Steve is the enthusiastic promoter of PET in that group. (Attached is a picture that Mel thinks connects to this group. They delivered our PET, did reassembly, and built a bridge. The bridge was to help get her to school when the gully had water, which will also help the other children. Kathy)

In my work with missions I have been invited hundreds of times to visit
the adult class in churches of 50 to 500+, tell the story of missions,
and often receive that check. In general I have discovered this about
them:

*** They are usually 12 to 30 in number, mostly of retired folks.

*** They often have a name, such as “Pairs and Spares”, the “Retiredees”,
“Fifty Plus,” or similar.

*** They come regularly, not so much for learning, but for fellowship and
mutual support.

*** They have known each other for years.

*** When one of them loses a spouse the widow(er) will remain in the class.

*** Class members will often fill most of the church leadership offices,
and give up to 2/3 of the budget.

*** The class is often the initiator for an outreach mission project for
the church, and will give most of the money.

*** Most raised their children in that church, and are puzzled by the loss
of children and youth from the church.

*** Some church walls will have a photo of that class taken 50 or more
years ago and show it to have been four or more times larger.

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“One role of action more important that all the others consists in never
doing anything that someone else can do for you.” – Calvin Coolidge.” –
(1872-1933)

Mel West

 

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