Monthly archives: May, 2017

Helping Children and Young People

What type of help can you provide for children and young people?


We have 5 stories that share insights to the question just posed.


Possibly, in reflecting on these stories,  they can assist you on how to consider to go about helping young people or children near and dear to you.


Ana was able to be a translator with special relational skills for students that makes an impact. Listen for the legacy she provided to one student in particular from her being a helper. Click on the link below for her Passages story …



Delaine Zody is a retired school teacher who has found an encore career as a school resource chaplain. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She serves as the moderator of the deacons at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California. Read her story of Faith at Work by clicking on the link below …


Katie learned about really listening to someone’s story to be able to help them from her mother. She reflects on what her parents and faith provides in her helping others as a social worker. Click on the link below to listen to Katie’s story on Passages …



Read about Alla Soroka inspired by an opportunity to help at risk youth in the Ukraine. Click on the link below …


Phyllis helps us as a psychologist to deal with the dysfunction pertaining to how violence sometimes gets handled with in our families and schools. She has us understand so that we can help those around us. Click on the audio link below to hear Phyllis’ story …



Continue to bless and keep those willing to work with young people and children in our families/communities to make a difference by being their with them.



Lessons in Education

We hear from two teachers who have insights to education and some of the challenges they face with students.


One college student shares about being a first year student and another college student who is inspired to help others and learn through studying abroad on Survivors.

Barbara is a seasoned educator who shares about the difficulties of teaching and reflects on another time that often gets compared to the challenges of today. What do you see as some of the reasons for shortcomings in education in our schools? Listen to Barbara explain her position on teaching by clicking on the link below.



Kevin is a high school teacher who loves to teach and really tries to get to know his students. He is a compassionate teacher who makes a difference in his students. Given a listen to Kevin’s approach to teaching students by clicking on the link below.



Beth helps us gain insights to the transition from high school to the first year of college. She shares some of the adjustments made and how you deal with new found freedoms. Listen to Beth on Survivors by clicking on the link below.



Mattie finds that a college professor helps give her direction for life and a passion to move forward in traveling overseas to experience more in caring for others to prepare to be a social worker. Listen to Mattie on Survivors below.



We pray for the teachers and students as school ends for the summer!  Education is on-going and never complete for each of us.  May we always be open to new insights to life.

Stories Recall Surviving War

Bill recalls being in World War II with high ranking officials of the military and riding in a jeep!  It was a close call for him that he didn’t realize the danger at the time.  Listen to his story of survival on Passages by clicking on the link below.



Ken was poor and had to go to the military during the Vietnam War.  He recalls being drafted and shipped out immediately to train and then off to Vietnam.  He struggled when returning home and became an alcoholic.  He has recovered from the alcohol.  Now he counsels Vets helping them to adjust to civilian life.  Listen to his story on Passages by clicking on the link below.



Vera was sent to Somalia to serve in a military action.  She seen the impact of war up close and personal.  Her attitude is one of thankfulness and appreciation in serving her country.  Vera is committed to trying to make things better!



We remember and salute those women and men who have served our country through military service.  We remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country in laying down their lives for others.


Tornadoes and Disaster Relief

From the Midwest throughout the Southeast severe weather with tornadoes has brought disaster to many communities leaving a path of destruction.

We have stories from a farming community hit by a  tornado from our Passages library of real life stories.

Lee tells about a close call in escaping to the cellar from what was a tornado that passed just a few feet from his farm house. Listen by clicking on the link below ….



Only several minutes of a tornado can bring about lots of damage and near death experiences for a farm community. Neighbors and strangers come to help! Listen to Lee and Doris share their encounter with the storm and those who helped them out in a difficult situation. Click on the link below ….



Generosity is felt after a tornado destroys homes and farms, listen to Lee share on Passages about his experience of those helpers after a disaster. Click on the link below ….



Our prayers are with folks in many communities recovering from tornados and severe storms that have hit in their homes and neighborhoods!

To help those in need of putting their lives back together go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance by clicking on the picture below …

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

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


Fear & Hope

If you fight terrorism, it is based on fear. If you promote peace, it’s based on hope. – Greg Mortenson

Taking time to reflect on what happened in Manchester, England concert bombing!

“Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong.”
― Mahatma Gandhi,

The Words of Gandhi


Renu shares how she helps people in develeoping countries with non-violence . Listen to her story on Passages …. click the link below ….



“There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.”
― Mahatma Gandhi“

Arun Gandhi the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi talks about how his grandfather stepped out in non-violence when moving to South Africa. Click on the link below to listen ….



“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Black Beaver tells how there is a need to work within the system to bring about change in preferably a non-violent manner for justice. Click on the link below ….



We pray for those killed in the bombing in Manchester and their families. We also pray for those feeling the need to kill innocent people to make a statement. May we all find non-violent ways to express our concerns to bring about possible resolve.



Remembering Chris Cornell

Tribute to musician & singer Chris Cornell overwhelms social media!
Billboard Music Awards provided a moment of silence for Cornell last night.

U2 and Bono Pay Tribute to Chris Cornell – Running To Stand Still at the Rose Bowl May 20, 2017


Cat Stevens Wild World performed on stage with help from Chris Cornell


Chris Cornell performing Marley’s Redemption Song on Tonight Show.


Major League Baeball pays tribute to Chris Cornell


Remembering another rock legend gone to soon!

Why? Take Your Life

The mystery around why someone would commit suicide strikes many of us unfortunately at different times in our lives. It can be a family member or a close friend possibly and there are those we have grown to appreciate from a distance but at the same time feel like they are part of our lives. Sports figures, TV celebrities, movie stars, singers, politicians, and musicians all can feel like they are part of our lives in someway.. Why would he or she take their own life?

Chris Cornell, Soundgarden singer, 52 years old, was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit early this past Thursday. He was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene, according to The New York Times.

“When the units arrived they were met by a gentleman who indicated that Chris Cornell had been found in his room,” police spokesman Michael Woody told the AP Thursday morning. “When officers went to the room they found Chris Cornell laying in his bathroom, unresponsive and he had passed away.”


As and accomplished musician, singer, and songwriter, Cornell is best remembered as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter for the rock supergroup Audioslave. He was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.

Our prayers are for his wife and family.


Chris Cornell’s Cause Of Death Ruled A Suicide

A medical examiner in Wayne County, Michigan, determined Thursday that singer Chris Cornell’s death was a “suicide by hanging,” the county announced on its Facebook page. The Soundgarden singer, 52, was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit early Thursday.

Passages = Gail “A Mother Tells of the Struggle in the Loss of Her Son”


Survivors Ann’s Story – “Loss of a Friend”


May God be with you as we live in a Good Friday world but have experienced Easter and discover the hope found in Jesus Christ!

Honesty in Music

U2’s lead vocalist Bono gives some advice to young Christian artists. Thanks to PMM Leadership Team member Dave Roberts who is a guitar player for pointing to this story.

Behind Razor Wire – Prison Stories

Behind razor wire is an experience that fortunately many of us never have to face in our lifetime.

After decades of stability from the 1920s to the early 1970s, the rate of imprisonment in the United States more than quadrupled during the last four decades. The U.S. penal population of 2.2 million adults is by far the largest in the world. Just under one-quarter of the world’s prisoners are held in American prisons. The U.S. rate of incarceration, with nearly 1 out of every 100 adults in prison or jail, is 5 to 10 times higher than the rates in Western Europe and other democracies. The U.S. prison population is largely drawn from the most disadvantaged part of the nation’s population: mostly men under age 40, disproportionately minority, and poorly educated. Prisoners often carry additional deficits of drug and alcohol addictions, mental and physical illnesses, and lack of work preparation or experience. The growth of incarceration in the United States during four decades has prompted numerous critiques and a growing body of scientific knowledge about what prompted the rise and what its consequences have been for the people imprisoned, their families and communities, and for U.S. society.

Listen to Randy share about the start of his checkered career in crime and imprisonment by clicking on the audio link to Survivors below.

Randy talks about his experience in the Florida justice and prison system. Listen to his story on Passages by clicking on the link below.

Randy shares about his need for rehabilitation and then the late Charles Colson explains what he would have done earlier in his life if he had a chance to do it over again. Click on the link below to listen to Passages.

We pray for those in prison.

The Struggle for Justice – Kate’s Story

You heard on the previous post “Relationships Turn Violent” part of the story about Kate.

She lives in an abusive situation with her mother. A violent father has Kate turn to alcohol and drugs at 15 years of age to escape from an awful family situation.

Listen to her tell about how the abuse stems from one generation to the next for Kate and her mom. Her father’s side of the family can’t believe that he could do this to his wife and daughter. Kate and her mom go to the police. Click on the link below to hear Kate tell about what happens.


Can justice be found in what seems to be an impossible situation for Kate? Listen to her story of determination and hope in what seems to be an against all odds situation.  Click on the link to listen to the rest of Kate’s story.


Pray for those caught in unbearable situations in life. Through perseverance and loving support that justice maybe found for them and all those who suffer from evil in the world. May your story be full of support and love in dealing with whatever passage you maybe facing or going through in your life.