Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way. — P. E. T.


P. E. T.If you were in church this last Sunday (9/23), you may recall Pastor Robert’s announcement time getting somewhat interrupted, when David Maze came tearing into the Sanctuary on a P. E. T.

The P. E. T. – Personal Energy Transportation – device is an off-road mobility device designed for use by those who have difficulty getting around in parts of the world where it’s especially challenging to do so. The P. E. T. is:

  • STURDY, in order to provide services for the rider for many years,
  • SIMPLE, to be easily maintained in outpost conditions, and
  • LOW-COST, so the donor dollar can serve as many as possible.

The P. E. T. allows for improved mobility for those who especially have difficulty using their legs, and as such it is hand-cranked. They have sturdy and low-cost wheelbarrow wheels and solid rubber tires allowing for them to adapt to rough terrain, and each P. E. T. have simple brakes (for usability and ease of repair).

The P. E. T. Project International began in 1994 when Rev. Larry Hills, a missionary in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), told Rev. Mel West of the great need for a three-wheeled, hand-cranked wheelchair to service the victims of polio and landmines. In 1995, when prototype development was ready for field testing, four were shipped to Rev. Hills with the instructions to “put these in the worst place you can find, and see if they pass the test.” Larry did, and the P. E. T. did. Shipments began to Zaire, where Larry had set up a place to receive the frames, put on the wooden beds, and distribute them. See history for the full story.

The goal of P. E. T. international is the Gift of Mobility for all of God’s people in need, a cause that we at First United Methodist Church believe in strongly and wish to celebrate. So, we have set a goal for our congregation to purchase ten of these P. E. T. mobility devices – to be sent where they are needed most – to offer that gift of mobility. With the help of many volunteers, a P. E. T. can be built and shipped for $300.

Can you help us?

  • There will be a special collection this Sunday, September 27th. Simply place your special offering in the specially marked envelopes available in each pew and in the bulletin.
  • Or, contact us at (740) 593-3977 to find out how you can donate to this cause directly.

Thank you, everyone, for helping to make the gift of mobility a reality for all of God’s children.

P. E. T.