2017 International Report
National Master Farm Homemakers Guild
Colorado MFHG reports a member traveled to Uganda to visit family. Another member has recently returned from a trip to Australia and tour to Island of Tasmania to visit a farm family. Some members contribute financially to support foreign missionaries, pastors, a neo-natal nurse in Africa, and donate items for Christmas shoe box project. An international visitor came from Argentina and stayed two months on a family ranch helping with daily chores. Another family sponsored a day tour for cattlemen from Mexico to observe their ranch and cattle operations. Contacts with friends in Thailand, South Africa and Korea continue on a regular basis by members with phone contact or electronic mail. One member visited with a couple from Australia who have a grape farm and shared their unique story.
Kansas members have traveled to Scotland, Germany, Prague, Vienna, Hungary, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Sweden, Norway, Chile, Canada, Italy, Brazil and Argentina. Others have hosted IFYE students from Scotland, a student from Germany, other students for three weeks plus their parents for two days, former exchange students' families from Mexico. Another member planned a tour and dinner for 25 Angus breeders from Scotland. A Kansas member sponsors farm tours for KSU International Students. Another member who is employed at Syngenta is learning about the home countries of co-workers from China, Sri Lanka, Libya, Africa. One retired couple is helping to support native pastors in Tanzania, students and pastors in Zambia, Cameroon, as well as former foreign students from Korea and Hungary. They also made 50 dresses for Haitian children in need. A wheat farming couple became acquainted with three Italians visiting central Kansas. The Italians later returned with 26 people to tour the farm in October. Many members support and correspond with missionaries and workers in Germany, Africa, Norway, Philippines and South America. Some members are bloggers with friends in Australia, Canada, France and Ireland. The granddaughter of one couple teaches English in a Chinese
University. They Skype and email with her regularly to keep up with her adventures. A member associated with DAR reports 100,960 "thank you letters" were sent to service men and women all over the world.
Kentucky reports that granddaughters of MFHG member Ona Sidebottom spent a week at an orphanage in Guatemala. Also the granddaughter of Judy Rowland was enrolled in studies for one semester at Harlaxton
College in England.
Iowa members hosted a total of 75 foreign visitors from seven countries for various farm tours or brief stays in their homes. The visitors were from Brazil, South Africa, Europe, Germany, Ghana, Zimbabwe and China. Ten members from Iowa reported they traveled to 17 countries and engaged in farm tours and other ag-related activities. The trips combined educational opportunities and vacations to Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech
Republic, Turkey, Slovakia, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Great Britain, Brazil, China, Japan, Caribbean
Islands and New Zealand.
Thank you to the following International Chairman for contributing their state's report:
Carol Messer from Iowa; Jeri Albright from Kansas; Ona Sidebottom from Kentucky.
Dorothy Bates, Colorado