Being part of a group like PET can give your life purpose and power

PET MO-Columbia update 4-18-16
PETs built since 1-1-16 #486

A couple of weeks ago a young lady said to me, “Mel, last weekend I was
with a group of 300 persons who think like I do, and that was a
powerful experience.” She was correct. To be with people of like mind
and purpose is empowering. John Wesley, Methodist founder, realized
this when he said, “If your heart is as my heart, give me your hand.”

I have had many such experiences. I’ve been at “Jimmy Carter Habitat
builds” where 600 people gathered for a week to completely build 25
houses Monday to Friday, and moved the families in on Saturday.

I’ve been to ECHO conferences in Florida where several hundred front
line workers from all over the world gathered for a week to share best
ways to help peasant farm families grow food.

I’ve been at Heifer conferences where the total event was focused on
ways to enable rural peoples around the developing world to better feed
and support their families using various kinds of food or power
producing animals.

This past week I’ve had the good fortune of sharing in two more such
experiences. Thursday night Gary Moreau, PET MO-Columbia Executive
Director, and his staff brought over 100 of us together to celebrate the
mission of PET and to especially honor the many volunteers who made it
possible. Recent distribution stories were told from Ivory Coast and
Guatemala. What a beautiful spirit of love, generosity, caring and
sharing invaded that room! It was indeed powerful.

Friday, Barbara and I were with a smaller group in Springfield, MO, as
Rainbow Network, an amazing mission in Nicaragua, held its spring board
meeting. The total focus was on how to enhance the lives of the 45,000
very poor rural people with whom we partner in that country. PET is
also an important part of that mission.

I urge everyone to find such groups and share in them. They give your
life purpose and power. They feed the spirit. They strengthen your

At the same time, realize that there may be groups meeting that do not
agree with your group, and are also enthusiastic. So you need also the
gifts of tolerance, compromise, empathy and cooperation.

There are some gatherings where those gathered hold opposing views
about the same topic. Such events need to draw forth spiritual gifts
that are rather rare in humankind. My own denomination is gathering
for such soon.


“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

Mel West

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