Bringing Mercy to Motion
A story he shared with his cousin Vee, from Ashland.
"That just blew me away and I feel real privileged to be part of the team," said Vee Fasciotti, volunteer.
And Lynn from Wisconsin also is holding out hope.
"I just think the mom and dads. The eyes in the mom and dads. It's like this is hope," said Lynn Ross, volunteer.
"It's very humbling to see someone who's had to carry their children for years, since they were born," said Gene Shisler, volunteer.
There are more than 20 members on this distribution team. Over the last four days, many of them haven't gotten more than a couple hours sleep. It took the Missouri team 65 hours just to get to Vietnam.
"There is a typhoon bearing down on Danang right now, yet canceling this distribution isn't an option," said Sarah Hill reporting from Vietnam."
"The typhoon was just offshore and the possibility of high winds and we're outside," said Larry Hills, PET volunteer.
What this team didn't know was that a deadly typhoon was headed its way. Typhoon Durian would go on to kill 100 people, mostly in coastal villages.
"We're here and there's a group here expecting mobility and one way or another we'll provide that," Steve Baima said.
The group set up tarps and watched as people needing mobility came crawling and being carried in the pouring rain. But many of these volunteers have faced something far more difficult than the weather.
"...A series of experiences during the Vietnam war that in some way wanted to make atonement for," said Tim Dieffenbacher, Vietnam veteran.
Dieffenbacher has been coming back to Vietnam for 11 years, helping fit Vietnamese children with wheel-chairs and landmine victims with PETs. Some of them, former Viet Cong soldiers.
"I don't bear him any grudge. I think we all can take a look at the fact that war is hell," Dieffenbacher said.
And it's not just war or the weather, communication is also a little hazy.
"Communication difficulty and the translation process," Baima said.
So it's difficult to ask a mother about a child's pain and when a translator's not available, these volunteers use body language like a pat on the back, or a squeeze of the hand. But for Lynn Ross, her situation requires no translation. They know she understands.
"I think because of my disability being a wheelchair user it shows people what they can do," said Lynn Ross, volunteer. "I think seeing someone there who is a chair user, seeing me serving them also gives them that dignity. Being able to look at them and tell they do have value. That they are somebody."
"The reward you receive when you see those faces never gets old," said Val Brummel, of Hope Haven International.
From the hands of those who build them, box them, pair them, and share them it takes many hands to set mercy in motion. And many more to keep lifting lives.
How You Can Help the Columbia PET Project
Tennis Balls (even the old ones that have lost their bounce are a thrill for a child who has never had a ball)
Wire Coat Hangers (Wire is at a premium in poor countries)
Good condition used clothes and shoes
Good condition toys
The above items are used as packing materials for the PETs .
Find Peoplewith welding, metalworking, or woodworking skills who will agree tohelp build PET parts. Help them with expenses--buy the metal,etc. Help them ship it to The PET Place in Columbia, Missouri USA.
Find Businesseshat sell or make "off the shelf" items needed for the PETs. Get themto donate or sell to you at no profit. Send the items to the PETPlace.
Talk about the PET Project. Promote. Gossip aboutit. Say to folks in conversation, "Our church is doing a fascinatingmission project..." Tell the story.
Order a Vacation Bible School Kit.
To donate by mail, please print out our donation form and send it along with your donation to:
PET MO - Columbia
1914 Heriford Road
Columbia, MO 65202 USA
Gifts from the Heart
Honoryour loved ones while helping to provide another person withmobility. Two gifts in one, a Gift from the Heart celebrates a specialoccasion,in honor of, or in memory of while supporting the work of ThePET Project. A note will be sent to the person being honored, and allGifts from the Heart will be listed in our next semi-annualnewsletter.This gift information can be filled out on our donationform.
As you consider estateplanning, consider making the PET Project a part of those plans. Theneed for the GIFT OF MOBILITY is an ongoing need with millions aroundthe world awaiting it.
The PET Project's Promise to Donors and Volunteers
We promise tokeep you regularly informed as to how the PET Project is investing yourdonations of money, time, energy and skills to make a difference aroundthe world.
We promise to seek out God's "least of these" persons and direct your resources to changing their lives.
We promiseto serve the needs of people as a Christian ministry, but withoutregards to race, religion, sexual preference or other such factors.
We promise to be true to our mission, that of providing THE GIFT OF MOBILITY to those most in need.
We promiseto be truthful and frank in our fundraising efforts, and not to createa monthly crisis, or otherwise unduly make emotional pleas for yoursupport. We do rely upon your gifts. It is the simple fact that themore you give the more people The PET Project can help.
We promisefinancial fidelity. We will work efficiently, making the most of everydollar or other gifts that you provide. Using the gifts of volunteersand networking with cooperating agencies, we will make every effort toget the most possible mission out of every gift you give. Strictaccounting and an annual audit will be standard procedure.
We promise to never sell or share our donor list. All your information will be strictly confidential.