Pastor John Pascoe is a practical man.
learned to work with his
hands early in life.
dad was a builder and prior to his
college and seminary education in Cape Town, South Africa, he
worked as a plumber.
was called as Associate Pastor of Westgate Baptist Church in the Mitchell's Plain section of Cape Town-a very poor area of the city.
The Senior Pastor accepted a call to start a new congregation and John became Senior Pastor of the congregation in 1986.
and his wife Evelyn learned about PET
while in the US in 2005 and took the training workshop with Larry Hills at Penney Farms.
return to the Republic of South Africa (RSA) John
found that the cost of lumber and metal bolts made it nearly prohibitive to build PETs with the limited funds available from his
congregation and community.
then came up with the concept of building the PET body and seat from fiberglass and perfected the design.
This cut his
costs by 20-25%.
felt led to build PETs exclusively for the nation of Mozambique, the desperately poor nation that borders the RSA-the minimum legal salary there is $60 per month!
By the summer of 2008 he
had built and delivered 25 PETs to Mozambique-a trip that John
describes as 25 grueling hours on very bad roads.
This past spring he
team of layman had a meeting with Mrs. Armando Guebuza, First Lady of Mozambique.
was like a little child with tears of joy because we had come to help the children of her
Because of the large number of children suffering from Polio in Mozambique, John
has opted to concentrate on building child-size PETs for the immediate future.
Twenty PETs are scheduled for delivery in mid-October and another delivery will be made in early December.
Because of the tremendous need and the problems in delivery, John's long-term goal is to establish a PET shop in Mozambique.
In recent months both Lion and Rotary clubs have learned about the PET operation at OTSM and provided some funding.
Contact Pastor John Pascoe at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 27-21-371-1402 or write to: