ECHO Interns Train Laotian Pastors

ECHO Interns Dani and Elizabeth visited ECHO’s Asia Impact Center to participate in a training hosted at the Village of Hope orphanage in Thailand. They taught over 100 children about farming and helped the center establish a garden that will provide the kids with more nutritious fruits and vegetables. During a 3-day training workshop, they led sessions for Laotian pastors covering topics such as soil health, seed saving and livestock management. Pastors in Laos face persecution every day for their faith. They are also bi-vocational which means they are farmers, as well as pastors to provide for their families.

As the trainees shared their thanks, one story made a lasting impression:

One man explained that, as was the custom in his village, he had married young at the age of 14 and started a family. This had left him little time to learn about farming, and he was struggling to make ends meet. With such joy, he said, “After this ECHO training, I can go home and now have hope that I can grow enough food to provide for my family.”


ECHO provides sustainable options to world hunger through agricultural training, innovative options, and networking with community leaders and missionaries in 180 countries and online through ECHO seeks to find agricultural solutions for families growing food under difficult conditions. ECHO’s international headquarters is located in Fort Myers, FL. Visit



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