The Rev. John Shaffer demonstrates the use of a PET, or Personal Energy Transportation handbike. It is used to help those unable to use their legs due to disease or injury. If you would like to support this project through the Conference Advance Special #339, send your gift to The Treasurer’s Office: P.O. Box 13650, Des Moines, WA 98198.


Personal Energy Transportation changes lives through mobility
By The Rev. John Shaffer

IDEAS_PETWhat is a P.E.T.?
A Personal Energy Transportation is a hand bike, provided for persons in developing countries who have lost the use of their legs due to disease, landmines, accidents, birth defects, or animal bites. We recently returned from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, where there was ample evidence of the need for such equipment.

For several years I have been involved in promoting a Conference Advance Special for the P.E.T. Project (Advance #339). Several churches and service clubs have invited me to share the great value and potential life-changing experiences Personal Energy Transportation bikes have provided. I’ve been greatly aided by the ability to show and tell folks about the features of our Rainbow sample PET units built in a workshop in Spokane, Wash.


Want to learn more?
Invitations have been sent to Vancouver, Ferndale, Lynden, and many points in between. In 2016, I have even received invitations from Camano Lutheran and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Churches to hear the story.

Now, my wife Barbara and I are moving to Auburn, on the border between the Tacoma and Seattle Districts. If you or your church in this area would like to learn more about the PET project and the importance of giving to Advance Specials through the PNW Conference, contact me at 425-314-5916.

Speakers are available for a five-minute presentation, a sermon or a program for other groups in local churches. We are standing by for your call.

You can support the P.E.T. Project through The PNWUMC by sending your gift to The Treasurer’s Office: P.O. Box 13650, Des Moines, WA 98198.

The Rev. John Shaffer is a retired pastor in the PNWUMC.

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