Collaborating to Protect Children from Toxic Pollution
Building on a lifetime of missionary experience, Hunter Farrell (MDiv '86) has worked for the past five years with church and community groups in La Oroya, Peru, an Andean city of 35,000 people, where he has coordinated efforts among Catholics and Protestants in Peru and in America to reduce the toxic emissions from an American-owned metal ore smelter, which each day emits nearly two million pounds of air-borne toxic emissions. Recent studies show that more than 97% of La Oroya's children have lead poisoning. With the help of an American Presbyterian pharmacist and a Peruvian Catholic archbishop, among others, Farrell's work has focused on providing Christian accompaniment to a new social movement which has faced up to the political and economic forces that allow the pollution to continue. Read the whole story, as reported in Christianity Today, at www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/april/37.70.html.
Farrell has recently been appointed director of the World Mission program area for the Presbyterian Church (USA). In his new position, he will oversee all aspects of the PC(USA)'s mission service and recruitment, including national and international calls, as well as other forms of direct mission involvement. In addition, he will coordinate the denomination's missionary work with ecumenical and international church partners.
Farrell's work with the La Oroya community in Peru has drawn media attention not only from Christianity Today but also more than 100 newspapers, National Public Radio, CBS News, and Vanity Fair.