Families partner together at Mobility Worldwide to help those in need

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I am among the very rich of the world, because my wealth is counted in friends, and not things. A billionaire who lives in a mansion but has no friends is poor indeed. A homeless man who has friends is rich indeed.

Almost daily I am reminded of the dear friends Barbara and I have because of Mobility Worldwide. Sunday the family of Earl Miner, the designer of the Mobility Cart, had a family gathering here in Columbia and we were invited because the Miners and the Wests are indeed “family”.

Earl Miner at microphone in 2005 with some of his family; Mel is behind him. Earl was being honored for his contribution to our mobility mission.

Forty years ago a pastor in Marshfield, MO, suggested I come and see a transportation device made by one of his church members, Earl Miner. It was what became the TRAG (TRansportation AGriculture). Earl, a professional product designer, had built it upon the request of a Christian pastor in Zimbabwe. My mission office took that as a project and we built and shipped several hundred to mission sites all over the world.

It was then that the West family and the Miner family became one in spirit and purpose. Earl and Leona raised a wonderful extended family, and the children continued the generous and compassionate spirit of their parents. The need for the Mobility Cart came along and Earl responded. Rodney was a part of that design. Kathleen entered the Peace Corps and was once voted the outstanding Peace Corps worker of the world. Today she is a highly regarded worker around the world when disasters occur, with special skills in reading the maps made by satellites… She just returned from the country of Kenya where hunger stalks the land. Amelia lives here in Columbia and is a supporter and a promoter of Mobility Worldwide. The entire family is of the same spirit as Earl, asking always “What else can I do to help?”

From across the land, and around the world I count my wealth by thinking of each of those who came into our circle of friends because of MW – from the state of Washington to Maine, from Florida to California; in Zambia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, The Republic of Georgia, and the list goes on and on.

Here in Columbia, each time I am at Mobility Worldwide and walk through the shop or warehouse, I greet “family”, family because we have heard John Wesley’s statement, “If your heart is as my heart, give me your hand.” Mobility Worldwide folks, we are an affluent bunch of folks.
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“A friend is a second self.” – Aristotle, 350 B.C.

Mel West, Director Emeritus
DBA Mobility Worldwide MO – Columbia

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