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Distraught San Diego father forgives pilot, asks our help

One day after an F/A-18D Hornet fighter jet fell crashed into his two-story house in San Diego’s University City neighborhood, killing his wife, two daughters and mother-in-law, Dong Yun Yoon grieved, forgave and reached out for our collective support.

“I believe my wife and two babies and mother-in-law are in heaven with God,” Yoon said at a news conference afterward. “Nobody expected such a horrible thing to happen, especially right here, our house.”

Of the Marine Corps pilot who ejected safely Yoon said, “I pray for him not to suffer for this action. I know he’s one of our treasures for our country.”

With stunning modesty and earth-shaking grief, Yoon concluded, “But I know there are many people who have experienced more terrible. Please tell me how to do it, because I don’t know what to do.”

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Religion | Comments Off on Distraught San Diego father forgives pilot, asks our help

Presbyterian Church(USA), Peru, CNN & pollution

For 10 years, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission workers in Peru have worked with the people of La Oroya, which Doe Run Co. heavy-metal operations have made one of the ten most polluted cities in the world.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission worker Jacob Goad (right) describes the environmental and health effects of the Doe Run smelter operation (in the background) to CNN, which is producing a documentary on the church’s work in La Oroya.  Photo courtesy of CNN

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission worker Jacob Goad (right) describes the environmental and health effects of the Doe Run smelter operation (in the background) to CNN, which is producing a documentary on the church’s work in La Oroya. Photo courtesy of CNN

Emily Enders Odom
of the Presbyterian News Service
writes:

In this city of 35,000 people, more than 95% of the children have elevated levels of lead in their bodies which can cause mental retardation, kidney problems and stunted growth.

“This tragedy,” said Sara Lisherness, Director of the Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry area of the General Assembly Council (GAC) of the PC(USA), “is the result of American company Doe Run, operator of one of the largest smelters in the southern hemisphere, dumping over two million pounds of toxic emissions, such as lead, over the city each day.”

CNN is to air a report on the city Thursday, Dec. 11 as part of its Planet in Peril series.

December 10, 2008 Posted by | Science | , , , , | Comments Off on Presbyterian Church(USA), Peru, CNN & pollution