Personal Energy Transportation

A woman who is missing her legs uses her arms to propel a tricycle.

In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me..” In this case, the least of our brothers are those who cannot walk – those in other countries who use their hands to move through dirt streets. Volunteers from the church are being the hands and feet of Jesus through Personal Energy Transportation (PET) International. (PET International can be found on social media on Facebook or on Twitter at @GiftofMobility.)

La Crescent UMC participates with PET, MN-Twin Cities to produce the wood portion of the PET pictured here and also to do all the welding on the metal frame work needed to produce a PET. Everything produced here in La Crescent is taken to PET, MN where it is assembled into the three wheeled, self-propelled cart you see in the picture. These carts are shipped to recipients outside the USA who don’t have full use of their legs; people who have to crawl or propel themselves with their hands. There are millions of people around the world who could use a PET cart.

We build for the PET project right here in La Crescent. We need painters, welders, fund raisers, and people willing to donate financially. For more information, please call the church office at 895-2373 or contact Charlie or Sandy Hinders at 895-6292.

This project makes it possible to make a difference in the world without the need to travel the world. You can stay right here in La Crescent!

Come and join us on this adventure!




I'm writing and posting here as a volunteer of the church. My husband and children and I have been Methodists for over 100 years. We live, work, volunteer and raise our children in the La Crescent community. The people at La Crescent UMC do amazing things with their gifts and their talents. I'm very honored to be able to share them with the world. Thank you for reading along. Wonder what we'll get to read next!

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