The hum of conversation pervaded the room, flowed out the doors, and even filled the lobby. Old friends greeted one another and new acquaintances discussed some of the most unique conversation topics imaginable. “The weevils we hatched…” or “My zai holes were too shallow…” leads the casual observer to wonder what type of conference this is.
The event, of course, was
ECHO’s International Agriculture
Conference, held in November
2022, which brought together
more than 200 missionaries,
development workers, students,
and organizations from around
While virtual events filled the gaps in 2020 and
2021, the joy of returning together in-person
was a highlight for many! “Meeting people
who are passionate about the same things
you are passionate about is
simply wonderful,” shared
one attendee. “The diversity
of topics covered speaks
to a wide range of people
involved in the holistic nature
of agriculture development
work,” mentioned another.
The diversity of attendees and topics covered speak to the heart of ECHO’s equipping work. 62.3% of attendees surveyed reported that they spend at least half of their time in agricultural development work, but their vocations varied from medical worker or farmer, to researcher, educator, or missionary.
After plenary talks each morning, hands-on
opportunities to learn filled each afternoon at
the ECHO Global Farm.
Cambodian Bounoeuy Kes shared, “What I learned in this conference is that ECHO has so many people that come from so many countries around the world. Meeting all the brothers and sisters and connecting with them is wonderful. I like the devotion speaker that brought the Word of God. The passage was familiar, but God used the insight to speak to me — It shaped me, made my faith grow, and I look forward to applying it to my life. Also, the information that I learned in this place is amazing. The people’s expertise in different areas — they contribute and share their research, making it available to me. I’m excited about all the information I received here. I look forward to connecting with ECHO — getting to more of the practical part of agriculture — I let ECHO screen out agricultural techniques that are not practical so I can use the best of the teaching where I am in Cambodia.”
ECHO exists to equip, resource, and connect
these workers where they serve so that many
more people can experience hope against
both physical and spiritual hunger. Summing
up our mission, one attendee shared, “My
favorite takeaway was that for the Christian,
farming is so much more about relationship
than just method. Relationship is essential
to community life change!” We are grateful
for our partners that connect deeply and
relationally and for you as a donor who make
these impacts possible!