Dear Friends, These words from Jesus’ Parable of the Sower seem most apt for what you’re about to encounter in this issue of ECHO News.
After a couple of years of careful work with farmers in Tanzania, ECHO’s East Africa team has been able to refine and adapt an old Ethiopian technology (the Maresha plow) to become an affordable and effective planter. This appropriate technology is now being adopted and shared many times over!
ECHO Asia’s 10-years of ‘planting seeds’ with Full Moon’s orphanage and farm is producing a harvest for hundreds of children and communities across Myanmar.
Seeds planted in an ECHO-Florida Intern 13 years ago, are now bearing fruit in the lives of farming families in North Africa.
Valuable knowledge resources, nearly lost to time, have been recovered and made available for planting through ECHOcommunity.org.
The fertile soil of eight new Interns at ECHO-Florida, and shorter-term interns at ECHO Asia and ECHO East Africa, is being tilled and planted to yield abundant harvests for years to come.
For the past 40 years, ECHO has been diligently planting knowledge — about plants,
practices, and appropriate technologies — into the fertile soil of Peace Corps Volunteers,
missionaries, local pastors, development workers, farmers and gardeners, all around
the world. By the multiplying power of God’s grace, we are seeing harvests of 30, 60,
and even 100 times what we have ‘planted’!
Your investments enable this faithful and strategic planting to happen! So, please join with us in giving thanks to the “Lord of the Harvest” for bringing forth such abundance… now and for eternity.
On behalf of ECHO’s global team of “planters”, thank you,
David Erickson, President/CEO
P.S. My successor, Dr. Abram Bicksler, will begin serving
and leading ECHO’s global work in September.
Stay tuned — we’ll be sharing more as our transition