Load Out 10am Wed Feb 26 — RSVP

Dear PET-Kin,

Fedex has a truck coming on Wednesday, 26 February, at 10AM. Please let me know if you can help with the load-out.

We’re going to have a team meeting after the load-out.

Thanks.

Dick Carpenter

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Next Shipment Date Delayed / Status

Beloved PET-Kin,

Our attempt to get a shipment out next week has failed. Fedex is shooting to have a truck available on Tuesday, 25 February. Their procedures have changed and we’ve been trying to provide the documents they need to have on file. All that is done. These 70 PETs (35th) and the next 70 PETs (36th) will go to Med-Share out of San Leandro, CA. It will be about June before we know if Wheels for Humanity will be requesting more PETs. As we approach completing our 36th shipment, I will be in contact with them to get their decision. In the meantime, all is going well. With all of our old time welders, not including our logger, out escaping our mild weather, Mike West and Wayne Duvia have volunteered to take on more responsibility. Mike delivered a load of steel last night and Beeker will cut it up on Monday for Mike to weld. Wayne has inherited the Robo-Chuck and has already delivered several dozen wheels to the PET Shop. He continues to work on pedal posts, axels and pivot pins. It is with much gratitude towards our Lord for the incredible team of men and women who make up this ministry. On Monday, our painters will be back in business as they move the load of wood parts into the Paint Barn. Speaking of painters, our 85 year old, Marge, delivered her first load and they were perfect. She and Denny took another load excited to keep going. Our 93 year old painter, Bonnie, left a completed set of crosses at the church which also came out perfect. It was Bonnie’s first time to work with spray paint. Our 2 weekly shifts continue to build and pack but we have hurdles to be patient about as Apex Industries, our powder coater, is enjoying increased business activity so we have to wait for them to find slots to paint our steel parts. Butch has taken a load off me by offering to pick up parts. Our Puget Sound team is working on a way for them to paint the wood parts they make. If they can, it will increase our productivity and take a load of our Pigmentation Specialists. Thanks to all of the PET-Kin and companies who
have come along side us so faithfully. Don has completed our next PET-Kin Pathways. It is at the printers but will be delayed because of Monday’s holiday. Lea and her crew are standing by the fold, tape and mail them. We love feedback from anyone who receives the newsletter. Don works very diligently to make it as informative as we can. Thanks.

Dick Carpenter

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Thank you Apex

Beloved PET-Kin,

Because of some heroic work by our colleagues at Apex, the PET Shop will be operational on Monday. Rocky and I picked up a load of frames and forks on Friday. On Monday, Butch will pick up a load of frames and anything else that may be ready. We want to congratulate Apex because they are extremely busy with their regular work which helps everybody.

Also, we will be receiving a load of tires on Monday. And, our beloved Lyle had the parking area and road to the big barn plowed.

We are 15 PETs short for our next load. We’ll set the proposed date on Monday probably the 2nd or 3rd week of February.

We will be closed Valentine’s Day so all of you lovers can express your love to those you love by being loving in the way that you are loving: As G. K. Chesterton would say.

Thanks to you all for your commitment to PET and especially to our recipients.

Dick Carpenter

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Pigmentation Specialists Heroic Battle

Dear PET-Kin,

Our Pigmentation Specialists are resting after their heroic “battle” with the last load of wood parts. Waiting in the wings though is another load from our Puget Sound PET-Kin. We will be kind and let them rest while our builders catch up. Rob Bacon joined the team yesterday. Rob will work the T-W shift to fill in the gaps there. He’s a skill tool user and an expert in all thing concrete. Welcome, Rob. We are 15 PETs short of filling our 40’ container again. We still have 4 above that to pack. We’ll set a shipping date on Thursday and get the date out to all the PET-Kin. We are in a scramble right now to get everything covered while Dave and Carol leave for a while.  Carol has the “To-Go” boxes on good shape but we still need some tool packets. Dave is working with Wayne and Mike to get the welding in good shape. We have a large load of tires on the way. We’ll start using the chain tightening tool as soon as we figure out where to install it on the PETs. There is still no word when we will get the final plans for the new seat design. Please pray for Bill Silverthorne as he is healing from a back injury. No surgery required just rest. We’ll be taking frames and pedal posts out to Apex this morning and hopefully Butch will be picking up some of those today.

Dick Carpenter

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Synchronicity. Synergy. Wow!

Beloved PET-Kin,

Yesterday we received a huge and beautiful load of wood parts from the PET-Kin in Puget Sound. It was amazing how God wove the different aspects of the day. Lyle and I took the 16 foot trailer down to Peninsula Truck Lines. Butch had picked up the 12 foot trailer on Sunday after church. His job was to pick up 55 boxes and cardboard from Spokane Packaging. Dave had welded 10 frames and Mike 6. It started with us leaving Peninsula with 3 pallets of wood parts which we unloaded at the Paint Barn with the help of the painters finishing up their last primed wood. Then they helped us load enough painted boards to fill the storage racks at the PET Shop. Just as we finished unloading, Butch pulled in with his load. Maurice, Dennis and Butch got the 55 boxes up into the loft just as Mike arrived (with pet Reuben). Mike took all 16 frames out to Apex for powder coating. Lyle parked the 16 foot trailer. We had previously pulled the 12 foot trailer up to the Big Barn to unload the cardboard so we could get to the pallet holding the boxes. The bottom line is we are in very good shape to finish the load we’re working on. I learned this morning Larry took 20 forks to Apex yesterday.

It was a full, tiring and rewarding day have all of the PET-Kin involved in some way. And just as we were closing for the day, our newest painter arrived: Marge. She’s 85 but wants to work. She took home a load of seat rails. Our God continues to amazzzze me with the way He orchestrates this ministry. We have about 26 PETs to build and pack for our 34th shipment. That will go quickly so I’m looking at the end of February for the load-out.

Thanks to all the PET-Kin for their love and contribution to our ministry.

Dick Carpenter

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Wild Time at Loadout / 2013 PET Count = 460

Beloved PET-Kin,

It was a wild time in the old PET Shop yesterday but we got 70 PETs loaded without incident and we got everything back into the container that we thought should be in there. Sadly, in an e-mail this morning, the 10 we left under cover are not wanted so tomorrow we will put them in the container.
This is the reasoning why they were not wanted:

Von and Dick,
Thank you for offering these units to us. They look wonderful, but we contacted the group in Ukraine who would be receiving them and they feel that they can’t accept them right now. They don’t have anyone capable of making sure that the recipients are able to use them properly. As you said when we talked on the phone, it could hurt a person who doesn’t have the ability to use it correctly. If we work with a group that could use them, we will definitely let you know.
God bless.

By my count we shipped built 460 PETs last year. That’s our best year ever. Every time I try to say “Thanks” my brain echoes back “That’s not enough”. I wish I could Thank each one of you personally for all you do but I would remind myself of when I met President Johnson in VietNam. When I shook his hand, it hurt him so much there was tears in his eyes because of all the hands he had shaken during the day. Also, his eyes were almost black as I looked into them!?! But, God has brought a team of men and women together throughout the NW that works diligently for our Lord and it shows. The best book I read in 2013 was Adam Grant’s “Give and Take” (I gave one to our children for Christmas) and I recommend it to you all. He gives insight into three types of people” Givers, Matchers and Takers. God has blessed our team with Givers: No expectation of return. I don’t think Matchers and Takers would feel comfortable in our PET culture: They would self-eliminate.

Dick Carpenter.

 

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PETs escape S Sudan civil war / Load-out RSVP

Dear PET-Kin,

As the New Year approaches, we have received our first feedback from our 28 PETs shipped via Boeing to Old Fangak Island. They apparently escaped the civil war now going on in S Sudan. Our next shipment is set for 10AM on 7 January(Tuesday). Please let me know if you can help with the load-out. Also, sometime in January we will be sending 10 PETs to Hands of Hope in Nampa, Idaho.

Dick

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