The Woodbury Area Prayer Breakfast is excited to announce that Mark Crea, Executive Director of Feed My Starving Children will be the our keynote speaker for the 2014 Woodubry Area Prayer Breakfast. This years breakfast will take place on May 6th, 2014 at the Prom Center in Oakdale MN. To buy tickets or be a sponsor please go to woodburypb.org/tickets.
Mark Crea became the Executive Director/CEO of Feed My Starving Children in early 2004 and brings a wealth of experience managing nonprofit organizations and raising funds. As a Christian, he has always been passionate about assisting those who suffer most in this world.
FMSC is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritious meals to clinics, orphanages, schools, and missions in nearly 70 countries around the world. Meals, just 22-cents each, are funded by donors, and packed by volunteers at seven sites plus a nationwide MobilePack program. Charity Navigator has given us their highest four-star rating for eight consecutive years which puts us in the top 2% of their charities.
FMSC's annual growth is 62% for the past 10 years, growing from 3 million meals in 2003 to 163 million meals in 2012 with over 657,000 volunteers. With the Lord’s help, FMSC plans to produce 235 million meals annually by 2014.
Previously, Mark was an executive for a number of national for profit and non-profit organizations including the Hazelden Foundation where he worked for 17 years rising to national sales and marketing director.
Why did you get involved with Feed My Starving Children? Why dedicate your time to helping children?
I was blessed to be able to work in organizations that literally saved peoples lives. From starting out working for the Hazelden Foundation, the world’s foremost drug and alcohol treatment center, to currently directing Feed My Starving Children’s efforts to provide a scientifically designed food to reverse malnutrition in children. FMSC has a unique approach, producing this special food, 100 percent packed by volunteers and distributed through a network of world-class missionaries. Every day, 18,000 children die from starvation. I have the honor to work in an organization that strives to save them.
To be able to go to work every day and know you are saving children from starving to death is truly a blessing. Six years ago, FMSC re-dedicated its mission to Feeding God’s Starving Children; since then, FMSC has grown from 20,000 volunteers producing 3 million meals annually to an organization this year that will use 520,000 volunteers to produce 127 million meals. These children are the future of each of these countries, and they are all God’s children. By growing up healthy, these children now have real hope for the future.
Interview excpert taken from Man of the Day read entire interview here
Our 2014 Keynote Speaker
Mark Crea Executive Director/CEO
Feed My Staving Children
Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.
- Proverbs 22:9
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