A visionary beyond his time, Dr. John L. Peters dreamt of an organization administered by people who were aware of the reality that what people need and want are not always what others think they need and want. His idea was unique: to help others by working from the bottom up, with no self-interest and an understanding of the dignity that every person has. Today, that organization is thriving, and since its inception in 1951, World Neighbors has changed the lives of more than 26 million people in 45 countries.
World Neighbors late founder, Dr. John L. Peters, was born in
John L. Peters returned from World War II with a strong conviction to do something to help the poverty-stricken people of
In his message, Dr. Peters explained, “I talked about the things I’d seen, but I spoke mostly about the things I felt: that the gulf between the rich and the wretched was intolerable; that we were brothers to, not keepers of, the world’s needy; that we must learn to do things with, not to—or even for—others; that they must share in electing priorities and procedures.” Click here to download a full copy of his sermon "Let’s Deal with Basic Issues.”
Following the inspiring message at St. Luke’s, World Neighbors was born. The phones stayed busy as people pledged their money to “back John Peters 100 percent in what he wants to do.” Dr. Peters went to
World Neighbors currently works in 11 countries helping people develop, manage and sustain their own programs. World Neighbors does not give away food or material aid. Instead, it provides training so that people gain the skills and leadership to work together for change. The result is self-reliance, rather than dependence on external aid.
You will learn about this organization, that believes in treating illnesses, not symptoms, by providing realistic answers to some of our world’s most basic problems. And these answers are the result of actively listening to the needs of rural people and then determining how to effectively fix those problems by offering education and training, not by giving away food or material aid.
Through Peters’ eyes, you will witness the kind of walking compassion that transcends language, dogmas and cultural barriers.
62 Years of Success
Over the course of 62 years, World Neighbors has been recognized in a number of ways and transformed millions of lives. Click here to learn more.
Today, people honor Dr. Peters' vision by becoming members of the John L. Peters Society. Learn how you can become a member an how you will help families become self-reliant.