Category: Survivors

A Special Time In Seattle!

This week Special Olympic Games will be held in Seattle!

What a great opportunity for fun competition and building of relationships as we affirm those around us that face some of the most difficult physical challenges that a human being can deal with in a lifetime.

Here is a link to the Special Olympics website for the all the details and some super photos.

Now from Survivors and Passages stories of hope and inspiration are stories from some special Olympic athletes and a motivational story from Special Olympics.

Listen to Joann tell of her Special Olympics experience …

Tony is an amazing wheelchair athlete and he knows that practice only makes him better …

Setting the context for Special Olympics by life coach Carl Mays …

We pray for a great week for all the Special Olympic participants and their families in Seattle.

Dealing with Joy & Sorrow at Christmas … Survivors

Survivors Holiday Stories

Being far from home at Christmas can be lonely and make you homesick. Silent Night made it feel like home for some young women far from home. Listen to Sherry’s Survivors Christmas story with musical support from Charlie Daniels. Click on audio below …

“Jesus is the Light of the World”

Annette looks forward to this Christmas with her parents living in two different places and how important the love is that  she feels from them and her grandparents. Listen by clicking on audio tab below …

The spirit of Christmas can at times be difficult to find. Guy tells about a difficult Christmas and that there is hope in the holidays getting better. Listen to his story by clicking on the tab here …

Erma has her best Christmas because of having a boy friend in her life. Her drug dealing father is out of her life. She is growing close to her mom. Listen to Erma share in her own words about a favorite Christmas by clicking on the tab below.

Phil is a young man who realizes that with his grandfather’s failing health that this will be the last Christmas to celebrate with him. He tells of a difficult but special Christmas on Survivors stories for the holidays by clicking on the tab below.

What are your stories of the season? Please consider sharing them with those you encounter who may need a story of hope and faith this Christmas., It just might be the best gift you give.

Have a blessed Christmas!

From the Presbyterian Media Mission Leadership Team.

Give a gift to Presbyterian Media Mission this year by selecting the You Can Make A Difference Donate button on this page. Select Presbyterian Media Mission from the options listed.

Thank you for giving!


Escaping Irma

We are praying for all of those people already devastated by Hurricane Irma and displaced by the storm.


We share our thoughts and concerns for people evacuating Florida.

We care about the first responders who are in place to help with those impacted by the pending disaster.

We listen to Desiree’s story of leaving her home to escape the terrible storm on our special series of real life audio stories by people sharing in their own words on “Life After the Storm.”

We thank all of you who have responded to the need in the Houston, TX from Hurricane Harvey!

Real life award-winning stories are from your Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Mennonite friends.





Losing Treasures in the Terrible Storm …

Terri tells how she lost memories when her family escaped the terrible hurricane. They thought it would be like other hurricanes in needing to be away for several days then returning to clean up their home. Well the experience with Harvey wasn’t the same. Terri lost everything!

We continue to pray, give and act to help those on the Texas Gulf Coast in tremendous need.

Listen to Terri on Life After the Storm by clicking on the link below.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, United Methodist Committee on Relief, and Mennonite Disaster Service response to Hurricane Harvy.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Mennonite Disaster Service

Mennonite Disaster Service featured on TV News



Hurricane Harvey Relief
The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. is engaging in hurricane Harvey relief work through our Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program. Special gifts to this cause may be made at your neighborhood Presbyterian Church earmarked for PDA. May we generously support the people of Texas as we stand in the with them. Give–Act–Pray
Listen to a story by Ellen who is opening up her home to welcome the stranger on Life After the Storm. Click on the link here

Prayers for Houston …

From Facebook Messenger: Wayne Blaser, a former PMM Board Member, sent the following to me just a short time ago.

“Hi we are starting a prayer chain for all the people in Houston Texas please say a prayer and pass it on to as many people as you can. If you can’t pass this on please let us know so the chain doesn’t stop. Please just pass it on to as many people as you can. Prayers are needed!”

To go along with the prayer there is always a story at Media Mission. Desiree shares her story of being a teenager and her family escaping a powerful hurricane.

From Life After the Storm an award-winning audio series recognized by the Houston WorldFest as one of the finest productions capturing real life stories told by people experiencing life first hand and sharing their story of escape and rescue from your Presbyterian, United Methodist and Mennonite friends.

Producer Dennis C. Benson, Director Bill Wolfe, Host Larry Hollon, Engineer Kodo, and Asspciate Producer Gregg Hartung

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.


Another School Year

A teacher (also called a school teacher or, in some contexts, an educator) is a person who helps others to acquire knowledge, competences or values.

Informally the role of teacher may be taken on by anyone (e.g. when showing a colleague how to perform a specific task). In some countries, teaching young people of school age may be carried out in an informal setting, such as within the family, (homeschooling) rather than in a formal setting such as a school or college. Some other professions may involve a significant amount of teaching (e.g. youth worker, pastor).

In most countries, formal teaching is usually carried out by paid professional teachers. The focus here is on those who are employed, as their main role, to teach others in a formal education context, such as at a school or other place of initial formal education or training.

Stories about teaching from the Media Mission series of stories – Survivors. Survivors is where young people tell their stories of hope and inspiration.

Clark is starting on the path to become a teacher. Listen to how a friend encourages him to take a class that helps him to decide on teaching as a career. Listen to Clark’s Survivors story by clicking on the tab below.


Renee is influenced by a teacher that goes beyond the book to really making the topic and class interesting to learn beyond what you can imagine. She is learning to become a teacher by example of those teachers that taught her. Click on the tab below to listen to Renee’s Survivors Story.


Kay knows what makes a good teacher. She sees that teachers who enjoy teaching makes a positive impact. She really appreciates her German language teacher. Listen to Kay’s story by clicking on the tab below.


Many churches had or are having blessing of the backpacks here in late August and early September. Please include the teachers as well as the students and their families in the prayers for this up-coming school year.


I Hate You! I Love You!

How Can We All Get Along A Little Better?

The national conversation continues about how mean and nasty people can be to each other just because the color of peoples skin color is different.

Here are some more reflections from young people on racism from our Survivors series of stories.

Ashley struggles with people reacting to her skin color being black on Survivors. She wants to be given a chance because of who she is in being a member of the human race. Listen to her story by clicking on the audio button below.


Lean grew up in an all white community. She learns through experiences outside of that community an appreciation for all people. Listen to her story by clicking on the audio tab below.


Manuel is Hispanic and speaks two languages and expresses his love for being a citizen of the U.S.  Listen to his story by clicking on the audio link below to listen to his story.


Fred Rogers learning to break dance with Jermine is a good way to help young children to view a positive role model in helping to understand different people and cultures. Watch this clip from youtube by clicking on the link below.


Biblical Reflection on Racism as Part of the Human Condition
From the book of Esther 2:10 “Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordeccai had forbidden her to do so.”


Conversations for Charlottesville and Beyond …

Another time, another place, but not a different conversation because racism is one of those issues just under the surface waiting for an opportunity to be part of the national conversation. If not at the national level there have and will continue to be times on a smaller scale community by community when racism is realized through individuals and events. Conversations and naming it for what it is continues to be the first and most powerful step in dealing with this issue.

  1. prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
    “a program to combat racism”
    synonyms: racial discrimination, racialism, racial prejudice, xenophobiachauvinismbigotrycasteism

    “Aborigines are the main victims of racism in Australia”
    • the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
      noun: racism

Here are some voices from Passages and Survivors that will be heard today and more stories added through the weekend to reflect on racism in our world.

Roberto experiences racism but seeks a way to connect to the person who is being racists towards him. Listen to his story on Survivors and discover the empathy he eventually feels for the person being racist. Click on the button below to hear his audio story ….


Pat grows up in a racially segregated city of Baltimore. She reflects on the positive things that has helped make her take stands for peoples civil rights on Passages. Reflect now on stories of racism to help you with the need to have a conversation with someone who is different from you. Click on the audio button below to listen to Pats’ Story on Passages.



More stories in print by clicking on this link


Winning off the field and on the field!




Pirates take 4 games from the Brewers, most importantly pitcher Jameson Taillon did a fine job against a really tough Milwaukee batting order. Now lets go back to early May, Pittsburgh’s Taillon landed on the disabled list with what was termed “groin discomfort.” Days later, he underwent surgery to treat suspected (and later confirmed) testicular cancer. Click on the link for his come back from cancer.

He has made a great come back to have pitched in one of the biggest games of the season, Jameson struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings to get the win helping the Buc’s to be at .500 for the season. Click on the link for his performance and the Pirates overall sweep of four games from the Brewers.

More stories of surviving cancer and competing on the diamond ,,,

Tom Caves is a survivor of testicular cancer, when I interviewed him as a young man there was a lot of uncertainty … listen to two audio files to hear some of the experiences he had to face on Survivors Stories of Hope …

Tom is a  survivor and is married with a wonderful family!

EJ is a young woman athlete who really appreciates her softball coach’s approach to helping her learn the game. Listen to her share on Survivors by clicking on the link below.


John is a former big league pitcher who helps younger players play the game of basrball and life on Passages. Listen to John’s approach to winning at life on Passages by clicking on the audio file below .

We are thankful for God’s direction and healing in life.