A Border Odyssey by Parrish W. Jones, Ph.D.

For 22 years, I've been traveling to the border, working with immigrants at home wherever that happens to be at the time, working with groups to promote better understanding in the nation about our southern neighbors and those who have come to live and work in the U.S. Much that I have done has been with Presbyterian Border Ministry at Frontera de Cristo, one of six sites of PBM. I have also visited and become acquainted over the years with Pueblos Hermanos and Compañeros en Misión.

    While volunteering in 2010 at FDC, I spoke with a few persons whom I met in 1992, my first actual visit to the border. These persons were involved from the beginning with FDC and PBM. It dawned on me that they were getting old, not just older, and several persons I had met back then had actually died. I thought, someone has to do something to assure that what they know and experienced with PBM is captured. Thus the idea for this book: "Presbyterians on the Frontier".

    To do justice to all six sites, the Mexican and U.S. people who have been engaged in PBM, and show how this ministry of the Presbyterian church has practiced and honed the ideals of bi-national mutual mission I had to travel the length of the border, learning, interviewing, and seeing. I also had to interview dozens of people, which demanded additional travel. This site was designed to share my odyssey with you.

Now that the work is complete, besides containing the things I wrote in the summer I did the research, it also has password protected pages available to those who have bought the book. 

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