PET/MW: Friends deliver gathered items from MO to MI

Two special couples deliver much needed mission items?

PET/MW MO-Columbia update 9-20-16
PETs/Mobility Carts built since 1-1-16 #1,186

It is always a special day when some of our PET/MW partners who live at a distance stop in, and especially so when they bring useful items for PET/MW, for the Sewing Machine Project, or for The Container Project. Here at 1908 Heriford those three projects work and blend together to help thousands upon thousands of persons in the developing world, each year.

Last week brought us two special couples. Ray and Shirley Truhn, of Galien, MI, drove down with a big load of 21 sewing machines and 170 pounds of high quality sewing fabric. Since they started collecting for the Sewing Machine Project, they have gathered a total of 101 sewing machines and 1,850 pounds of fabric. Ray has been a PET/MW parts builder, and a 2004 letter in my file tells of his building child size “forks” for Larry Hills at the FL shop.


Also in our file is a 2006 several page letter telling of their going to Uzbekistan in April, 2006, to make a distribution of PETs and wheelchairs for Hope Haven International. (Go to the link on the PET/MW website to read more about that trip.) Sometimes several times a week, when a tour group comes through, I tell his story of the little boy who received the blue child sized PET, and his joy after being 8 years immobile. The Truhns had a daughter in the Peace Corps, and she has remained in mission work. They are on their way to the annual PET/Mobility Worldwide Conference in IN later this week. (Gary and others from our shop will meet them there.)

Later in the week Mary and Tom Buhrkuhl, of Bourbon. MO, came with their big load of collected items – sewing machines, fabric, crutches, etc. They have, for years, been our personal connect to the Lutherans, to Thrivent (a Lutheran financial group which we are approved to receive Choice Dollars), and to The Orphan Grain Train (an NGO located in Norfolk, NE, that distributes a lot of PETs and medical items for us). A couple of years ago Gary Moreau and I went to the annual meeting of OGT; and, of course, the Buhrkuhls were there.

It is always a personal joy to see our mission partners, to receive the donations they have collected, and to give them a tour to assure them that the mission for which they are working, is working.

These are only two examples of the kinds of volunteers we have working for God’s “least.” One of our old-timers, Charlie Christy, will retire today. That story later.

John Wesley said it, “If your heart is as my heart, give me your hand.” A lot of folks have, and without them 1908 Heriford Rd. would simply not be a mission center.


“There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach, retired NFL quarterback

Mel West, Director Emeritus
PET MO–Columbia, Inc.

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