2009 Ag Missions Luncheon

   Alex Wann

      The Ag Missions Luncheon Monday, Sept. 21 consisted of three presentations from two students of ACU's Agricultural and Environmental Science department as well as a guest speaker.  The speakers were Alex Wann, Jason Davis and Willa F. Finley, Ph.D.
      Wann, senior environmental science major from Torrington, Wyo., spoke about the rainwater collection and solar disinfection that he worked on in Jayacayan, Honduras.  The purpose of his work was to learn, grow and keep the pursuit of giving people God's love through clean water, said Wann.Jason Davis
      This project consisted of collecting rainwater using a three-step collection process during the rainy season (May-October).  The water would then go under testing based on fecal caliform bacteria indication to determine its quality.  Unfortunately, Wann's trip was cut short due to the 2009 Honduran Constitutional Crisis.
      Davis, senior animal science major from Harrison, Tenn., presented on the nine weeks he spent this past summer in Mumena, Zambia.  The strategies that his mission team set for themselves consisted of fighting the dependency that the Dr. Willa Finleysurrounding people felt by teaching them new ways of living, and creating sustainability in their community.  Davis' goals for the summer were to reclaim a collapsed barn roof before the rainy season, assess intestinal parasite infection in the indigenous goats and to research the possibilities of animal production in that area. 
      While these goals were a large priority, Davis' main reason for working in Mumena was to minister to the community around him, helping them work toward healthy spiritual lives.
      Serving as the guest speaker was Dr. Finley, co-author of Lone Star Wildflowers.  Finley gave a presentation about strategies for effective agriculture missions.  She gave example of her work in various locations in Africa, working with local women to educate them on farming.  Her work involved education about dry season farming, food preservation and yogurt production.
      Beyond her agricultural work, she was able to have “heart-to-heart fellowship” with the women that she was ministering to.  A main priority for her was to create food for the body as well as the soul.
      To learn more about how to get involved with Finley's work in Africa she can be contacted at willa.finley.2006@swbell.net. For more information on her work check out www.lonestarwildflowers.net.

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