Robert Odom, National president of World Vision, Love INC, has seen the needs of the poor around the world. According to Odom, World Vision is the largest hunger relief agency in the world, "My personal priorities are God, family, and the poor," Odom told Chamber members.
After meeting with elected officials, community leaders and local area pastors, Odom said, "I have a sense here that this community is unique, in that the more you are aware of the plight of the poor around you, the more you are going to become involved and do something about it. I don't find that in most of the communities in which I go into I'm sad to say. Most of the time the plea falls on deaf ears, but I don't feel that here. There is a spirit here that is very special. Maybe it's because you choose to live in a difficult environment that you are use to challenges and rising to the occasion, so I have a sense that something very special is going to happen on behalf of people in need in this community," said Odom.
According to Odom the most healthy and economically strong communities that he has witnessed in the world, are those that are involved in doing good things for people in need. "When you think of yourself and all that you have to do all the time, it's draining, but when you take some time to do for others, you get renewed and energized, regardless of how busy a person you are, you end up getting much more accomplished the more you do for others," said Odom. After visiting Alaska, Odom traveled to Seattle and Detroit, in January, he will be traveling extensively in the nations of Africa.
Locally, Love INC, has started a breakfast program at Sears and Redoubt Elementary schools. During the 2001-2002 school year, 11,634 breakfasts were served to 9,481 children by seven churches cooperating together. Individual volunteers gave some 350 hours of their time in preparing and serving the breakfasts. For more information on what Love INC is doing on the Kenai Peninsula, call 283-LOVE, or 283-5252, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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