Small MO community gives to change 2 more lives through PET

PET MO-Columbia update 3-21-16
PETs built since 1-1-16 #343

Saturday was a very good day. Gary and I went to the St. James UCC Church
at Pershing, MO – a town so small it is not on the map. But it has a
people big in their faith and generous in their giving. They have a
breakfast at the church for the community, every Saturday. We were there
to share pancakes with them and tell the story of PET.

One of the men we first met was a fellow who I met 30 years ago as he
donated a beef heifer for our first Festival of Sharing. He and that
church are examples of the loyalty and generosity of the small
membership churches that dot the landscape of Missouri. That church
has, year after year, been generous in its giving for Heifer, The
Festival of Sharing, PET, and other missions. I learned long ago that
one cannot tell the size of a church by the size of the mission gift.
Small churches often have very big hearts.

Again, some children fell in love with the PET. There were two boys
there about 7 in age. They sat side by side on the seat and each cranked
one of the handles–the first time I’ve seen that.


A truckload shipment goes out this week to The Orphan Grain Train – PETs,
linens, and sewing machines. This is a joint shipment with The Container
Project that shares our warehouse and 501c3. It is those NGOs that take
the PETs we build and place them in the hands of those who need them most.
We like the big-C’s that make PET work –


” Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Mel West, Director Emeritus
PET MO – Columbia

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