Monthly archives: June, 2018

A form of child abuse! Border problems and immigration

Separating families at the border is “a form of child abuse.”

Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics

The debate and controversy over who is allowed into the U.S.

“Patrolling our borders effectively today…demands a combination of law enforcement, intelligence gathering, and foreign adversary engagement skills and tactics beyond basic law enforcement.”   Howard Buffett “50-State-Border-Crisis”

An interesting book to read and here is a review of an author’s attempt to a balanced approach to the immigration issue from Mexico.

Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus were a refugee family as they fled to Egypt.

So in looking back we have all had our families histories lift-up the fact we migrated from somewhere.

The lack of self-respect and esteem to be so insecure about the stranger and what he or she brings to a new place and experience seems to threaten some Americans today.

Listen to the stories from Passages that share insights in our needing to be empathetic towards those crossing our borders as families and living here legally.  The importance that family is for those coming to this country is critical too.

Manuel speaks about being Mexican and living in the southwest on Passages stories of hope and opportunity!

Roberto shares his struggles in being of Hispanic decent on Passages ….

Olfa has great appreciation for her new country and the importance of family.  Caring for her family is an

important part of her daily life and living in the U.S.

Talaki is very appreciative in being a new citizen of the U.S.  Family values are important to him.

Let us all pray for less politics and more common sense in working at resolving some or all of the issues with immigration.




Filled with Grace and Hospitality

It has and continues to be one of the best things there is about being involved in mission and ministry, the wonderful people you meet along the way!

The Presbyterian Media Mission (PMM) journey couldn’t have been complete without Joan Humphrey of Unity Presbyterian Church and Pittsburgh Presbytery  .

Joan a former board member from the early days in the 1980’s was dependable and knowledgeable about how to get things done.  She stepped in when the first PMM Board President was pregnant (Rev. Mary Marks King from Union Church in Cowansville, PA) and needed to step aside for almost a year.  Joan who was serving as VP stepped in as Interim President.without hesitating to serve.  She did an excellent job for this newly formed mission organization.

Joan also was active in seeing a need and as a result put the wheels in a motion to help people during some of the most demanding times in their lives.  Joan was interviewed for our Passages Radio Show about her ministry work at one point in her life when Pittsburgh was first on the map as a medical transplant headquarters in the U.S. and the world.  She formed a mission called “Those Who Wait” for patients and their loved ones who found themselves in Pittsburgh with limited resources and needed a place to stay.  Listen to Joan share about “Those Who Wait” by clicking on the audio button below.

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, a celebration of life and service of witness to the resurrection was held for Joan.  She passed from this life to the next life on May 22nd.  Read more about her by clicking on the link

We thank Joan, her husband Roy, and daughter Julie for being such good friends who have and continue to share in the mission of the Church and PMM!  Great people caring about all of God’s people.