Born on the mission field in 1953, Peter became the youngest son of world evangelists Dr. Lester Sumrall and Louise Sumrall as they endeavored to plant a thriving church in Manila, Philippines-- a church which currently serves 20,000 in its weekly services today.
Being the son of missionaries, Peter's upbringing always focused on the goal of winning lost souls for Christ. His formal education took him to schools in Manila, Hong Kong, Jerusalem and South Bend, Indiana.
After attending classes at Bethel College, Peter traveled in the early 1970's throughout Asia. He returned to work full time for LeSEA Ministries in 1973. Pete worked exclusively for the broadcasting division for 9 years, learning every aspect of the ministry and business of Christian mass media. In 1982, Peter became the general manager and later named COO of LeSEA Broadcasting in 1997.
Through the years of his leadership, LeSEA Broadcasting has grown to own and operate thirteen television stations and three FM radio stations in the U.S. and Middle East TV located in Limassol, Cyprus as well as five international short wave radio stations, and two satellite channels covering all of Africa, Asia and Europe. The flagship channel for the network is World Harvest Television (WHT) which can be seen across America on DirecTV Channel 321.
In 1996, Dr. Sumrall passed away leaving the leadership of the ministry in the hands of his sons. Peter assumed the leadership of LeSEA Ministries and LeSEA Global Feed the Hungry in February of 2005.
All three ministries of LeSEA continue to demonstrate Dr. Lester Sumrall's passion of winning a millions souls to Jesus every day.
For more than 20 years, LeSEA Global Feed The Hungry has delivered help and hope to suffering people worldwide.
It seems like just yesterday when my dad, Dr. Lester Sumrall, received the inspiration to start Feed The Hungry while leading a tour to Israel. From that November night in Jerusalem in 1987 until today we have pushed forward to reach out to people around the world who have been caught in the grip of poverty, war, and natural disaster.
Working hand-in-hand with local churches in over ninety nations has proven to be the most efficient and effective way to get things done-- after all, who knows the needs of a village or city better than local ministries of compassion that live and work right within that community. And it’s helped us keep overhead at a minimum… in 2008, ninety-three cents of every dollar went directly to help people in need.
Without the prayers and support of our partners we simply could not do what we do. Today over twenty-thousand children in places like Yei, Sudan and Kibera, Kenya-- the third largest slum-- are receiving a hot meal because someone just like you decided to make hunger history. To see the faces of the kids when they receive their only meal of the day is amazing. To see them in school, learning and dreaming of what they can grow up to be is a blessing too big for words.
Thank you again for connecting with us… I hope you are inspired to help us change lives both here and for eternity.
Serving the Hungry