ECHO – Educational Concerns for Hunger Organizations

Miracle fruit

Miracle fruit

Miracle Fruit?!?

Did you know there is such a thing as Miracle Fruit? It prevents your tongue from tasting sour foods by binding to the sweet receptors on your taste buds! Awesome.

These, okra as big as a banana, toilets that don’t need water (I want one.), pumps made of old bicycle tires, living fences (I want these too.), and so much more were part of our tour at ECHO Farms.

Rower Water Pump

Rower Water Pump

ECHO is working to reduce poverty by educating and training workers living in developing areas as well as researching innovative techniques in the area of agriculture. They partner with workers in over 160 countries gathering research data and developing new methods of farming. Their vision is to “Honor God through Sustainable Hunger Solutions.” A worthy goal to be sure! They provide development notes, access to research documentation, seed banks, and problem solving help.

This got me completely excited about experimenting with a garden of my own using self-sustaining methods that we can pass on to our South Sudanese neighbors. I don’t know how green my thumb is but I’m ready to jump in with both feet!

What’s the strangest plant, fruit, vegetable or tree you’ve come across?

I’m Not Crazy

Move to South Sudan. Live in the bush. Stay in a tent. Hand wash the laundry. Use a long drop. Battle with scorpions, snakes and lots of bugs. Learn a new language.

I’m not crazy. But people try to tell me that all the time. Maybe not quite so bluntly but the words come in many forms…

I could never do what you do.

Isn’t it dangerous?

Where will you live?

What do you eat?

Your life sounds so… so… exciting.

Fellow MissionariesMaybe I am crazy but not as crazy as this couple. Retired and in their 70’s this couple followed God’s leading to sell their house and move. Short term mission trips weren’t enough. They heard God’s voice to become more involved. This couple is leaving behind family and comfort to live among the Hakka Chinese who call Panama their home. Being from Florida he knows that retirees generally move south… but to Panama?

Really? You guys are crazy!

Why? Why is this crazy? Isn’t this what we are supposed to do? Be sold out. Give our all. Go where He leads. Tell the world. Share His love. Maybe that means stay right where you are. Maybe it means move miles away from everything that is familiar. Either way as my Grandmother says, the safest, best place for you is in the center of God’s will.

Why do people call you crazy?