PET MO-Columbia update 11-10-15
PETs built since 1-1-15 #1,302
Give Mobility. Transform Lives. Change Communities.
*** We ask that you share our PET story with others. Attached are some
basic informational pieces to help you do that. Our “Wheels…” video is
linked on our website’s home page. Let’s give more mobility that will
transform lives and change communities for the better.
Brochure PMC June 2015 Countries Reasons for needing PETs
*** How does one measure the quality of a life? We are asked in Scripture
to not judge, but we have to look at the lives of others to determine how
we want to live our own lives. We learn from observing each other. We see
another and say to ourselves, “I want to live like that,” or “I do not
want to copy that attribute.” I sometimes leave a memorial service for a
friend with regrets that I did not years ago copy some aspect of life that
they so well lived. We are each others mentors.
Last Saturday Barbara and I went to the Celebration of Life for the
last remaining spouse of a couple who had been our friends, co-workers
and peers here in Columbia for many years. The couple had lived an
exemplary life. They both were well educated and their children and
grandchildren have followed that example. The couple took their young
children to India at one stage in their life to help in the production
of food. At least two of their family now work overseas. Locally they
were active in the Girl Scouts, Meals on Wheels, Habitat, keeping
foster children, their church, and many other active mission works. The
lady had, until very recently been a volunteer at PET, cutting out the
reflectors we place on each one. Gifts to PET were suggested as a
At one point in the celebration we were asked, if we desired, to make
comments. I said, “One way I use to measure the quality of a human life
is to ask, “What would the world be like if every human being on it
lived out, in their own culture and in their own way, the values
exemplified by this life.?” If the values this couple lived out were
universal it would be a better world.
I do think that there are universal values, universal truths, that
mentor each one of us in this human family, living on this minute globe
of life spinning its way through eternal space.
A fellow named Jesus laid out, by word and by examples, some eternal
life values. Live like this, he said, and you will make an impression
upon eternity. The couple whose lives we celebrated did that. Thank
you, Dale and Carol.
“I’ve learned that you should not go through life with a catcher’s mitt on
both hands. You have to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou
Mel West, Director Emeritus
PET MO – Columbia