It is truly my honor to be back at ECHO!
When I first visited ECHO more than 20 years ago, I was both inspired and impressed by the
commitment of Martin and Bonnie Price and the scope and expanse of ECHO’s diverse network. I,
then, had the privilege to help set up the ECHO Asia Seed Bank, and serve alongside the team as a
research volunteer before becoming the ECHO Asia Impact Center Director for the next five years.
Most recently, I stayed in touch with ECHO while serving with the Food and Agriculture Organization of
the United Nations and saw the key role ECHO has to play in improving the lives of small-scale farmers.
I am humbled to pursue the high standards set by my predecessor, David. His professionalism, pursuit
of excellence, management, and fundraising prowess have blessed ECHO on a global scale. I welcome
his mentorship as we continue to propel ECHO forward in the years to come.
As a team we are committed to continuing the pursuit of ECHO’s mission with intentionality,
passionately providing hope for the small-scale farmers that we serve. We remain rooted in the
mission and vision that has led ECHO from the beginning:
- Vision: Honoring God by empowering the undernourished with Sustainable Hunger Solutions
- Mission: Following Jesus by reducing hunger and improving lives worldwide through partnerships that equip people with agricultural resources and skills.
In the coming year, we are drafting the next five-year strategic plan, focusing on continued impact rooted in context, needs assessment, and the empowerment of those we serve! We look to God to continue to sustain and grow us, and to our faithful donors, global partners, and incredible staff for being the vessels through which this happens each day.
It is my firm conviction that God has incredible things in store for ECHO in
the next 40 years or until there is no more poverty, no more hunger,
and everyone has heard the good news of the Gospel.
Abram J. Bicksler, Ph.D.