What is the Peace Corps about Anyway?

As Gracie Hart said (Sandra Bullock’s character in “Miss Congeniality”), “I really do want world peace!”

Will the day ever come when every person on earth is at complete peace with every other person on earth? Reconciliation on such a scale is God’s business. Face-to-face connection, understanding, and relational commitment in one’s realm of influence is our business. By joining the Peace Corps, I hope to live up to the challenge as the borders of my realm are expanded.

President Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to promote world peace and friendship through 3 simple goals:
1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

What about you? How are you doing in your role as an ambassador for Peace within your realm of influence? Do you have peace in your home? More importantly, do you have peace in your heart?



  1. David Starre said

    I am very happy for you as this is a great opportunety to serve mankind and thus put you at another level of spiritual growth. May I ask who nominated you or how it all came about? Regards, dave

    • “Nomination” is a term that the Peace Corp uses to define this stage of the process. After a lengthy application process and intensive interview with a Peace Corps recruiter, the recruiter presented a particular opportunity to me and with my approval, nominated me. I am currently in the medical review process, after which I look forward to a formal invitation to serve. Additional specifics come with the invitation. If anyone is interested, http://www.peacecorps.gov has lots of info and I am happy to answer questions.

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