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Food For the Hungry Int., Dordt publish book

April 24, 2003

All who love the land will better understand God’s calling to those in both agriculture and mission outreach after reading the book, “Biblical Holism and Agriculture: Cultivating Our Roots.”

The new book release stems from an international conference hosted by Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, in cooperation with the Food for the Hungry International, in May, 2002. Conference participants from four continents—a total of 105 farmers, pastors, agricultural researchers, professors, missionaries and development workers—met together to develop their vision for demonstrating Christian faith within the vocation of agriculture.

These insights are captured in book form, now available at Dordt College (http://www.dordt.edu/academics/departments/agriculture/) or the campus bookstore. The book is also available directly from the publisher on line at http://omlit.om.org/wcl/cart/customer/product.php?productid=412&cat=&page=1 Biblical Holism and Agriculture

Starting with the basic principal that God was the first farmer—the author and initiator of agriculture—the theme of Biblical Holism in agriculture is explored, calling for healing and restoration in agriculturalists’ relationships to God, people, plants, animals and the environment.

The trio serving as editors of the book is David Evans, Senior Director at Food for the Hungry, Ron Vos, Professor of Agriculture at Dordt College, and Keith Wright, Director at Food for the Hungry International. Contributing writers include Wayne Kobes, John Kok and Robert De Haan, professors at Dordt College; Jesse Njoka, University of Nairobi; Rev. Jim Ball, Evangelical Environmental Network; Harry Spaling, the King’s University College, Edmonton, Canada; Darrow Miller, Food for the Hungry International; Bruce Bradshaw, Bethel College, Newton, Kansas; Michael Oye, RURCON development agency, Nigeria, West Africa; E. John Wibberley, University of Reading, Reading, UK; Kara Unger Ball, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy; and Greg De Haan, alumnus of Dordt College and mission partner for the Reformed Church in America in West Africa.

“Followers of Jesus Christ … should transcend the culture in which they live,” says Dr. Ron Vos, a professor of agriculture at Dordt College, in his contribution to the book. “How we deal with weeds and animals should not depend on what the popular culture around us tells us to do, but we should seek out the proper response based on guidelines from Scripture and creation…. This is really about world development and how we deal with agriculture globally. We are a whole body of people struggling with how we should interact with creation.”

Readers of “Biblical Holism and Agriculture” will be challenged to renew their focus on building God’s Kingdom through agricultural work. The book is ideal for anyone interested in the intersection of God’s truth and the domain of agriculture.

“At the end of the day,” concluded David Evans, Senior Director at Food for the Hungry, “this book will probably raise more questions than it answers. But these questions need to be raised if Christians involved in agriculture around the world are to better understand the role that they are called to play in bringing God's word and His kingdom to bear on the land, animals, and neighbors that have been entrusted to their care.”

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