Finding peace

"Finding peace" Continued...

Issue: "Profiles in effective compassion," Sept. 26, 2009

Q: Bleak. That's when I decided that I could not handle it on my own. That's when I began relying on God. After I did that there was so much peace and contentment that came in my life. Our whole family started getting better. Prior to that I was getting bitter. The only difference between those two words is the letter "I."

Q: So you survived. We not only survived, we thrived. Our marriage relationship grew. Our children got stronger. All of those things I worried about. . . . The food companies that sued ADM for the price­fixing won hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement. They helped put my kids through college. They helped my wife get her degree and become a teacher.

Q: And a job for you. I got out of prison on Dec. 21, 2006. I started on the 22nd as an executive of Cypress Systems, a California biotechnology company in the same field that I have worked in most of my life. It was a great thing that only God could do. To get that kind of position in the field that you studied for is not the norm.

Q: Your company helps Brazilian street children through Hope Unlimited. There are millions of street children in Brazil. They want a second chance in life. I got a second chance. God forgave me, and then my family forgave me, and the FBI forgave me and became supportive. I want these kids also to find redemption.
To view a video of Mark Whitacre's recent appearance at The King's College in New York, click here.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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