Ben Brockmueller


Freeman, South Dakota

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Ben works for a non-governmental organization, Mennonite Central Committee in Kenya where he works with the local organization Utooni Development Organization


Ben Brockmueller graduated from Dordt and took the skills he garnered in the agriculture department overseas.

He is currently working for a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in North America called Mennonite Central Committee. He is stationed in Kenya and does work with a local organization named Utooni Development Organization (UDO).

“UDO does community development work,” Brockmueller said. “They focus specifically on agriculture and water issues. The goal is really to try to increase water and food security among small scale farmers and to enable communities toward making these improvements on their own.”

Dordt assisted Brockmueller in preparing him academically, spiritually and socially. While at Dordt, Brockmueller participated in many things, but had one goal in mind; to serve Christ.

“Dordt not only provided me with a solid base in Plant Science to prepare me for the working world, but also it instilled in me an interest to combine my passion for agriculture with my walk as a Christian,” Brockmueller said. “I appreciated how the two were never viewed as separate but always dependent on each other.”

Brockmueller participated in Cross Country and Track and Field as well as Concert Band throughout his four years. The opportunity to do a variety of different things made him learn how to relate with all different types of people; a skill he is finding useful while in Kenya.

Ultimately, Brockmueller hopes to return home to his family farm. His assignment in Kenya is for only one-year, but he isn’t shying away from extending his stay to help the communities.