Prior dairy farmer becomes PET Founder and continues to share the PET story

PET MO-Columbia Update 5-24-16
PETs built since 1-1-16 #653

Sixty-one years ago, I felt a calling to be a rural pastor. I pastored
four rural churches in a circuit while operating a grade A dairy farm.
Then in 1959, we left the farm and went to SMU in Dallas, where I
trained formally for that work. When we came back to Missouri in 1965,
I started 20 years of work in engaging rural churches in outreach
mission work. My heart is still with those small membership churches
that are by the thousands serving God in villages, towns and crossroads
across this USA.

So, it was a good day last Sunday when Don O’Bannon, PET volunteer
creating steel parts, and I went to the First Christian Churches in
Harmony and Madison, MO, where I told the story of PET, and where Don
related his experiences as a volunteer. I was pleasantly surprised at
the size of both congregations, for both are in small communities.

My sermon began with re-telling the story of Peter and John (Acts 3:12)
as they met the disabled man (“lame from his mother’s womb”), crawling
on the ground as a beggar. Scripture reports that the disciples told
him to “In the name of Jesus Christ, arise and walk.” He did walk and
run, and everybody celebrated. However one interprets that story, it is
clear that this is what PET has done almost 60,000 times around the
world. We find those “lame” people, and bid them arise and walk. And
people are again amazed. Read the following, just received:

“My husband and I returned from Tanzania, Africa, last Saturday. As we
drove through the village of Mutombo on our way to the Serengeti, we saw
someone using a PET. It was such a blessing to know the individual could
be independent because of that wonderful vehicle.” Lynn Barnett Sleper, MO


“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming
attractions.” – Albert Einstein

Mel West, Director Emeritus
PET MO – Columbia

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