Is empathy a part of your life? 20,000 Mobility Carts say yes!

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Mobility Worldwide MO – Columbia Update: built since 1-1-17 #184

“empathy” – “the projection of one’s own personality into the personality of another in order to understand him better” – New World Dictionary.

The Mobility Cart is much more than some wheels, chain, sprockets, wood and steel. It has built bridges between cultures. It has opened minds and hearts and widened our understanding of the human family. Carts have crossed all barriers of race, culture, religion, distance, sexual preference, age, income and politics.

So many of us had gone blithely on with little thought about the leg-handicapped of the world. Here in the USA we saw the passing of the disabilities act. We affirmed that and thought little more about it. Problem solved. When we were overseas we saw a person crawling, thought, “Oh, how sad,” tossed them a coin and went on.

Then a missionary in war-torn Zaire pointed out the magnitude of the need, and personalized it. Our empathy began to kick in. Twenty two years later many of us are changed persons, much more empathetic. You helped us build and ship over 20,000 Mobility Carts from the Columbia shop!! Thank you!!

20,000 Lives Changed!

Several years ago, we sent 42 carts to ACTS (A Call To Serve) in The Republic of Georgia. The lady who distributed them wrote:

“We have discovered a whole new world for us – the world inhabited by people who lost any hope as well as those who did not surrender and are desperately trying to fight their immobility. Meeting those people, listening to their stories, taught us a lot and the time came when we could no longer keep all we had learned locked up in our souls.”

She produced an excellent booklet with photos and stories of all who had received the carts. For the last 22 years or so a lot of us have tried to understand, with empathy, what it is like to live 24 hours a day crawling upon the ground or having to be carried about – those in that “other world out there.”

I wonder what other worlds we are missing.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – Harper Lee, “To kill a mockingbird.” 1960

Mel West, Director Emeritus
DBA Mobility Worldwide MO – Columbia

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