Monthly archives: August, 2018

Victims of Sexual Abuse Face a Lifetime of Costly Problems

The pain and struggle of being sexually abused as a child lasts a life time for many people who experienced such an unthinkable encounter or relationship!

“My latest research, published this month in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect, describes the impact of child sexual abuse from a perspective that researchers don’t often talk about — the economic burden of violence and abuse in the U.S.”

Elizabeth Letourneau, Ph.D., Prevention Now

We spend $9 billion a year on costs associated with child sexual abuse.

To read more on Dr. Letourneau’s research click on the link below.

Victims of Sexual Abuse Face a Lifetime of Costly Problems

My latest research, published this month in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect , describes the impact of child sexual abuse from a perspective that researchers don’t often talk about – the economic burden of violence and abuse in the U.S.

Now for the human side of the child sexual abuse problem.

On Passages, audio stories of faith and hope, our host/producer Dennis Benson talked with Jay, a survivor of sexual abuse, when he was a child. Jay is a young man now having turned away from drugs and alcohol to deal with life. An almost fatal auto accident helps him to wake-up as he works through relationships and a painful suppressed memory of being molested when he was young.  Click on the button below to listen to Jay’s Story.

For help in dealing with being sexually abused click on the link below.

Here is another helpful resource for those dealing with childhood sexual abuse.

We pray for Jay’s continued healing and all those people working on recovery from sexual abuse.
From your Passages Production Team, the PMM Leadership Team, and your Presbyterian Friends!



“A Time for Everything” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Called to Ministry

Mission friends, Barry and Shelly Dawson have moved to Bonn, Germany, where Barry is now serving as the new Senior Pastor of the American Protestant Church,  an international congregation comprised of members from more than 30 nations. “It is a joy and blessing to be part of a congregation where we see the faces of the global church each week,” Barry said in a recent FB post. The Dawson’s had served in Southeast Asia (Thailand) as Mission Coordiantors for the PCUSA. Barry started his journey in ministry and mission in Beaver-Butler Presbytery. Listen as he shares about being called into ministry.



Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 New International Version (NIV)  “A Time for Everything”

3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.


In It Together

I just received this from a FB friend … “This is a personal struggle for me and my family and is very important subject. I can’t say this will be my last post for a while, but maybe the last of many…. love you all! Certainly, in the most difficult moments of life you realize who are true friends or people who really appreciate you. Unfortunately, some friends will click “like” but they don’t really take time to read your status if they see it’s long. I have decided to publish this message to make people aware of the horrific byproducts of diabetes. The disease ruins your cardiovascular and renal systems…. And the drugs, like metformin, that are prescribed, may encourage the onset of dementia. Now I’m looking for those who will have time to read this post to the end. Diabetes is very invasive and destructive to our body, even after treatment, and medications your body is still struggling with yourself trying to regulate the spiking/dropping of blood sugar levels all the time.. It’s a very long process.

Please, in honor of a family member or friend who has died, or continues to fight diabetes or even has diabetes themselves; copy and paste (not share) on your page.” A word of encouragement in a time of struggle and heartache ….



a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

Here are real life stories from people who face diabetes everyday!

Glenn talks about giving himself a shot for helping with his diabetes. Having the medication needed to help with his diabetes is greatly appreciated. Listen to his story by clicking on the audio button.



Judith talks about the struggle for loved ones in their coming to an understanding about diabetes. Click on the audio button below to hear her story.


Roy won’t leave diabetes slow him down. He has a gratitude for life. Click on the audio button below to hear his story.


Type 2

Familiarize yourself with the risks, causes, symptoms, and treatments for this increasingly common disease.

Chris Mercer shares his 2 part journey with being diagnosed and learning to live with diabetes in a long-play Passages story Part One by clicking on the audio button below.


Chris shares part 2 of his struggles at times with diabetes on Passages. Click on the audio button below.


We pray for those who shared their stories about living with diabetes on this page. We pray for those facing the uncertainty and the struggle with diabetes in their lives. May you find the hope, inspiration, and comfort that can come from support of those around you and from a loving God in dealing with diabetes.

Hunger and Homeless Stories from the Streets

Stories from those who help with getting food to those suffering from hunger in various communities. Hear from homeless about their struggle.

Ed is a homeless person from the streets of Pittsburgh with wisdom on survival … click on the audio button below …

Bill is in a homeless shelter in Pittsburgh after hitting bottom and losing almost everything in his life … click on the audio button below …


Here is a link to the website “Mission From Mars” who help people by caring

And the new book on “Mission From Mars” by  Jen Katzfey just authored “… And This Is How It Ends” that can be purchased and downloaded from  More stories in print from the streets of Pittsburgh to bring you closer to those we often walk or drive-by.

Stories from people who are helping folks in need …

Jenny starts collecting food items and monies to help those in need of food in her neighborhood … click on the audio button below …

Otis is a social worker who helps folks find to a way of getting and making food to eat so it is used for needed nutrition …

Parker has a concept of hospitality that can meet needs of people in a variety of situations from homeless to those facing hunger to congregations to schools throughout the community. Click on the audio below …

Link to Pittsburgh Presbytery Hunger Fund

Link to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Hunger Program

We pray for the homeless and hungry of our communities!

We pray for those who are the eyes, hands, and hearts of God’s people helping those in need of food and shelter.