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Nicaraguan pastor with Farmer to Farmer program to speak at Dordt College Sept. 15

September 12, 2011

Nicaragua is regarded as the second poorest country in Latin America, a country whose rural population often struggles to survive on little more than one U.S. dollar. Farmer to Farmer–Nicaragua is a program with a unique goal to not just provide financial aid, but also to help educate Nicaraguan farmers about agriculture while sharing the gospel.

Rolando Mejia is an associate pastor in his local church in Nicaragua, and he is a partner with Farmer to Farmer–Nicaragua. Mejia will be holding a discussion on Thursday, September 15, at 8 p.m. at Dordt College. The discussion, hosted by the Dordt College Ag Club, will be held in the Science and Technology Center (room SB 108) on campus. The event promises to be a fascinating presentation for everyone interested in agriculture and/or mission work.

Mejia will also be preaching during the 6 p.m. service on Sunday, September 18, at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center, a congregation that has been a financial contributor to his work.

While most farmers in his region primarily raise coffee, Mejia hopes his trip to Sioux Center will be an opportunity for him to develop skills and a better understanding of marketing and the formation of cooperatives. “I would like to experience Dordt College and see what’s new in crops,” he said. Mejia says he is eager to hear insights from area farmers and students.

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