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Mobility Worldwide MO-Columbia Update: 1,775 built since 1-1-17
A question people ask as they look at the map on our wall that shows where we have distributed our Mobility Carts:
“Why do you give the Mobility Carts to people in countries that consider themselves as our enemies?”
First, because a man whom we highly respect told us some years ago that we are to love our enemies, and pray for those who would despitefully treat us. Second, because the poor, marginalized, rejected and disgracefully treated in any country have nothing to do with politics. They are simply our sisters and brothers in the human race. We are to treat them as we would want to be treated in a similar situation.
But I want to tell you a true story that illustrates a perhaps larger purpose. After WWII, Europe was devastated. It had been bombed and burned almost to oblivion. Its farm animals were gone. Seed for new crops had been eaten. Starvation stalked the land. President Harry Truman established the Marshall Plan, with General Marshall in charge. Hundreds of the Victory ships that had been used to haul troops and war supplies were used to haul that needed to rebuild Europe. It was a massive operation. Heifer Project, then new, was given the task of gathering livestock, feed, seed and other items to send to Europe. Many of the “cowboys” who accompanied the animals were from the “peace churches”. I was asked to edit a book, “Cowboy Memories”, telling the story of that amazing action on the part of the USA. In the materials given me I found this report:
As a shipload of cattle and supplies was dedicated in Germany the dignitary representing the German government said, “Never in the history of humankind has the defeated nation been treated by the victorious nation with such generosity and grace as you have treated us.”
Today Germany and the USA are strong allies and friends. We do not “love our enemies” by disgracing them or abusing them. We love them by sharing of what we have to meet their needs. We do not ask about politics, creeds, race, sexual preference or any other such things when we send a shipment of carts. We ship because a trusted NGO (Non-governmental Organization) there assures us of the needs of some folks crawling upon the ground.
“To feel compassion is to feel that we are in some sort of way and to some extent responsible for the pain being inflicted, and that we ought to do something about it.” Aldous Huxley 1933
Mel West, Director Emeritus
DBA Mobility Worldwide MO – Columbia