Just as a tree that is planted by waters takes time to develop, reach its full potential, and
become a blessing to those who interact with it, so it is with most things in life. An organization
is no different than a tree: it starts out as a seed of an idea, is planted and grows, weathering
storms, becoming stronger, putting down roots as it climbs upward and outward, and all
along, becoming more of a blessing with time as it provides shade, food, and shelter to so
many other parts of its environment.
As we move into our 42nd year of ECHO, I am heartened by the solid foundation we have in our dedicated staff and those who pray for, volunteer, and give sacrificially to ECHO so that it, like the tree above, can be a blessing to those all around the world. I am also excited that this year marks the beginning of our strategic planning process to set the goals, activities, and indicators for our next 5 years. I look forward to kicking this off in February and gaining input and insight from many different stakeholders to ensure that ECHO is using our strengths, filling our gaps, and staying laser-focused on our mission and vision.
Like a tree and an organization, communities also need space and time to develop. Within
these pages, you’ll read about the amazing work that you are making possible. All around
the world we come alongside and equip those with whom we work so that they can build
strong roots that enable them to weather the storms of life. It is incredibly important that
we equip and empower those who know best what they need and want – farmers and
community members themselves. It is our joy to pass along the hope and blessing that you
partner with us to give.
Thank you, and be encouraged,
Abram J. Bicksler Ph.D., President/CEO