09 April 2008

ECHO

Greetings from sunny (and humid) Florida! I'm currently at a course in Ft. Myers at ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization). ECHO is "a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization located on a demonstration farm . . . . ECHO has been assisting a global network of missionaries and development workers since 1981 and is currently serving agricultural workers in 180 countries. ECHO exists for one major reason, to help those working internationally with the poor be more effective, especially in the area of agriculture!" (http://www.echonet.org/)

I'm taking their course entitled Health, Agriculture, Culture and Community. "The workshop brings together biblical principles of health and agriculture, cross-cultural methods of communication, and skills in establishing relationships that facilitate behavioral changes for the improvement of health and nutrition." It's been great! Here at ECHO they have a global farm where they do research, problem solving, and supply sample seeds to Missionaries and international agricultural and relief workers (such as the Peace Corps, USAID, PEPFAR, etc). They are a great resource for those working overseas in the areas of community health & development, medical care (particularly in lower economic areas), and agriculture. I've learned so much in two days and I've got three to go!

I've met some fantastic people who have served around the world and are now here passing on their expertise and knowledge. They are a great group who love what they do and laugh a lot! I think some of them may even be more fun and creative than most Occupational Therapists! (okay, maybe that's pushing it a bit) :)

Well, thanks for reading. Feel free to post comments!! (It'd be nice to know SOMEONE is reading this!) :)

1 comment:

Andria said...

I just saw your post, so your birthday is over, but I wish you a happy year! You have another year to serve Him, and are a year closer to seeing Him face to face. It's all good:) BTW, now I will never forget your birthday cuz it's the day before mine. April is such a good month! Andria