From Mobility to Eternity
MH4H staff visiting the PET workshop team in Leighton, IA
If you follow Pete Verhey around for any length of time, he can’t help but start talking to you about Personal Energy Transportation (P.E.T.) carts. Pete was a long-time, successful banker, rising to be the President of Marion County Bank in Pella, IA. After retiring, Pete realized many of his retired friends had very little purpose and passion in this phase of life. Sure, they could have coffee time and talk about the weather, but there had to be more to retirement. Being a long-time woodworker, he found an organization making handicapped carts for disabled people in the developing world. He started to dabble in this and realized his friends were interested. After a bit of time, they bought an abandoned elementary school building and created a workshop destination for retired people. This workshop would serve to build carts, create community for retirees, and bless people around the world.
“I had no idea the floodgates God would open to use this program to…bring eternity for so many people.”
For over a year, the project didn’t gain any traction
Pete and the team at Mobility Worldwide were committed to seeing this through in Haiti. After giving up on the hospital route, they explored going through a government agency. Pete took a multi-day trip to Haiti to deliver carts with the government officials. He came back more frustrated than before, as it took days to deliver just a few carts. After all of these doors had closed with other organizations, I reassessed what God was doing. I appreciated the passion and commitment of the P.E.T.
MH4H staff at a PET distribution pray with a man receiving Christ
Since February 2016, we have now distributed 360 P.E.T. carts to people who could not walk. In February 2018, we added a P.E.T. Chaplain to accompany every delivery, believing this was an opportunity to share the Good News of the Gospel. Pastor
This project has transformed our communities.
Pastor Saintferin (center) with PET Cart recipients
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Mobility Worldwide – Leighton, who passionately serve the lame and give them their lives back. And with God’s leading, may we WALK with them into eternity. Just picture the scene it will be when all these people get to Heaven and finally meet each other. What a glorious day that will be!
Many Hands stands on the shoulders of Tim and Lucia Van Maanen, whose sacrificial “I’m with you” spirit forever set our organization on God’s path.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Pastor Francois Romelus, who is our angel on earth, gently guiding us with wisdom, courage, and love.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Karmen Brown, who shows us how to love others with the love of Jesus.