Leighton – Stories

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IF PETS COULD TALK what stories they could tell!  Many would be happy and glorious stories about how the PET dramatically  changed the life of a person who had been bound to the land by leg handicaps.  They would all tell the proud story.  But they would also tell sad stories of the poverty, degradation, marginalization and hopelessness of the social setting into which they entered.

Haiti

In February 2016, some of the PET Leighton team had the opportunity to travel to Haiti to help distribute carts. These are a few of the experiences and lives changed on this trip.

We brought a PET to the church we attended just to show them why we had come to Haiti. We noticed that a young man was parked just outside the church. After the service we talked to 17 year old Maximo and checked out his broken down 5 year old PET. We decided that Maximo needed a new PET. He was so happy and just took off down the road. God had the use for that PET that day. Maximo’s huge grin was a huge pay day for us. Praise God!

A new PET

Dieuvoline was the first person Pete gave a Holland child’s PET to almost 4 years ago. Since then he has seen her 2 more times making adjustments and fixing her PET. She is now 14 years old but with her disability still needs a child PET. Carol picked her up easily and she loved being held and didn’t want to be put down even though there was a shiny new PET for her. She did acclimate to her new PET and seemed  happy with her new wheels and a pretty new dress when we left.

Being heldSitting in a new PET

This 10 year old, Thebeau, has not been able to walk since birth. Her father told us what a happy day this was for their family!

New cart helps girl get around.

hugladyJackson gets a PETCleone is giving Tim a big hug after receiving her PET. This 75 year old was in an accident 3 years ago and had to be carried everywhere.

(right) This is Jackson. He lost his leg in a motorcycle accident 3 years ago and is now using a PET cart.

 

Build Day

#1500 was built Friday on June 5, 2015 by members of 2nd CRC of Pella.

Friday was a day when pre-planning, pre-staging, cooperation, heavy lifting, delightful foods, gallons of paint, and servant hearted manpower accomplished the building and packing of 36 carts.

What an Incredible Day!!  THANK YOU Lord!

#1500

Ardi Receives a PET from Leighton

 

Sutikno Gets Transportation through Leighton

 

Ibrahim Taqi is a blacksmith from the Mamboi village in Sierra Leone.  He was affected by polio since he was a child and had crawled all his life.

Blacksmith before getting a PETBlacksmith on his new PET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two brave ladies are from a village in Sierra Leone.  They heard about the PET cart distribution and crawled from their village to the main road (about three miles).  Notice the change when they received their carts and mobility!Ladies crawling to get a PET

 

 

 

 

Two ladies on PET carts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PET in ZimbabweTafa Denhe and his family were thrilled to receive a new PET brought to Zimbabwe.  The family’s ability to function as a family depended on Tafa.  He is a leader in their church and is a tailor and sews in his home to have income.  Gifts of watermelon were given by Tafa, the pastor and and a neighbor to express their thanks to the people who delivered the PET.

 

 

DKG8k4heyKpYfqv7rARn-7owQEPvoLosXAWLcrvXj-ULast year 100 PET carts were donated by four affiliates including PET Leighton- IA.
The photos captured the day that mobility was given to many. The distribution partner for these carts was Kenya Relief.

 

 

 

 

Two new PETs get a test run.A group receiving their PET cartsA man sitting on his new PETLooking at new transportation

Contact Mobility IA-Leighton

100 Kirkwood St
Pella, IA 50219
Pete Verhey 641-204-1972
Bill Bruxvoort 641-780-0464
info@petia.org