Sunday, April 20, 2014  

President’s Message 2009

“Sobornost” – unity of heart, mind,
soul of a community working for the
common good.

Dear Friends,

      I am proud to be a part of this community of people committed to caring for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Through our two missions (promoting Fair Trade and supporting AIDS Orphans), I have been blessed to meet extraordinary people who share their gifts and inspiration with me each day. What I bring to Sobornost For The World’s two missions are a desire to help those most in need in whatever way I can. As a mother of two children, it was natural to want to nurture and provide for the needs of my family, and so when I learned of how many children were suffering from hunger, lack of education, clothing or medicine in our world, I wanted to do what I could to help at least some of them. One of the most startling statistics I’ve read is “Some 30,000 children die of preventable diseases every day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).” With numbers like that, how could I just pray and hope someone was looking after them? It set me on a path to help them through this non-profit organization – some directly through aid and development in Africa, and some through Fair Trade sales which provide fair wages enabling people to sustain their own families with hope and dignity.

      Everything in my life prepared me for the work I am now doing in this foundation. My life skills included organization, clerical, teaching, retail, hospice care, assisting the Hispanic community, writing, legal stenography and hospital work. My college background is mostly Liberal Arts, but whatever I had acquired in life skills has helped me immensely with the duties in Sobornost For The World Foundation. We all have life skills that can be put to use for the common good. It may take a little while to find out where you will help others, but, hopefully, you will put your gifts and talents to use for others in as meaningful a way as I have found.

      As a married Catholic woman of faith, I have sought to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my everyday life wherever I was placed – “bloom where you’re planted,” as it is said. This is the source of my energy, enthusiasm and service to the world in which I live and the poor who need our help.

With gratitude,
Pattye Pece