Bill and Holly Sebald
On the left in this picture is Bill and Holly Sebald. Who you do not see are their eleven children: Benjamin, Rebekah, Daniel, Timothy, Ruth, Joseph, Mary, Samuel, Josiah, Sarah, David and eight grandchildren: Hannah, Gideon, Rachael, Addison, Eva, Dakota, Sadie, Kathryn Holly and Bill met in Milwaukee Wisconsin at church, not surprising as they both were raised with a Lutheran background and strong love for the Lord and His word. They became friends during Holly’s senior year of high school and after a year of attending separate colleges (she as a freshman at Dr. Martin Luther and Bill completing his last year at Northwestern College) they were married in 1986. Bill started his 4 years of seminary and she managed a 49 unit apartment building they lived in and counseled once a month at a pro-life center. During these 4 years they added had their first three children and Holly became skilled at plumbing and electrical repairs. Once Bill was finished with Seminary he was called and ordained as a pastor to teach religion and science at a preparatory school in Saginaw Michigan. A month after their forth child was born Bill was sent to pastor a small church in Lafayette, Indiana, where they now call home. Since 1995 Holly has homeschooled their children, and will continue to homeschool the last four who are making the move to Liberia. On their farm in Tippecanoe county they have participated in 4-H and have raised hogs, steer, chickens, rabbits, dairy calves and horses. They have raised milk goats and butchered many animals for eating over the years. In addition to that they own a painting business, Christian Colors Painting, work with people released from incarceration, and own a cafe at Ivy Tech Community college called Culinary Concepts. Through Bill’s painting work, he met a man that was doing mission trips to Liberia. in February of 2006 Bill went to Liberia and has been back to Liberia 11 times. Holly made her first visit in 2014 and since then she has been to Niger and Liberia two more times. God is an amazing designer. Everything in the Sebald’s life has prepared them for work in Liberia. From attending classes at Echo, to taking “Farming God’s Way” training in Indiana, to taking seeds to Liberia, to teaching Bible studies around agriculture, to working their farm in Indiana, they have been prepared to do Christ centered development. Bill held his first conference specifically using the “Farming God’s Way” curriculum in November of 2016. He had planned to visit a few bush villages but it was too muddy so he went to Ganta instead. After having lunch together with Travis and Gina, he was getting ready to leave and asked Travis, “Is there anything I can do for you?” “Come take our place.” was Trav’s reply. The Sebald’s have prayed and sought council and have decided that by God’s grace they will come to Liberia, come along side the people in Ganta and live with them teaching and discipling to loving one another so the world would know Christ as Lord and Savior. They are serving with Hope in the Harvest, along with their 4 youngest children, Samuel, Josiah, Sarah and David. Specifically, Bill is serving as the Director of the ARC, helping to create vision for the farm by leading new research projects, expanding profitability, and discipling many of the staff. He is also responsible for organizing and leading the FGW outreach programs along with Konah Drogbay, our farm manager.
Nathan and Anna Glenn both grew up in Maryland. Anna Glenn (McGucken) grew up in Baltimore County, Maryland where she raised dairy goats, rabbits, and poultry, worked in her family’s vegetable garden, and was actively involved in the local 4-H chapter. Nathan Glenn grew up in Howard County, Maryland where he raised sheep, beef cattle, and dairy cattle and was also involved in his local 4-H chapter. Nathan and Anna Glenn met at University of Maryland as both were pursuing degrees in Animal Sciences. Nathan also majored in Secondary Education while Anna also double-degreed in Agricultural Sciences and Technology. After graduation, Nathan went to work in Western Maryland as a high school agriculture teacher while Anna went to Texas A&M to earn her Masters in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication. After completing graduate school, Anna returned back to Maryland and the two were married on September 27, 2014. Before coming to Liberia, Nathan and Anna Glenn lived in Harford County, Maryland. Anna worked for the University of Maryland Extension as a Horticulture Faculty Extension Assistant while Nathan worked as a high school agriculture teacher, moving from Clear Spring High School North Harford High School’s Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences Magnet program when they two got married. In 2016, they moved to Liberia with an NGO called AgriCorps where they served as agriculture teachers, extension agents, and FFA advisors at a school in Kakata, Liberia. In October 2016, the Glenns first visited the ARC as part of their training with AgriCorps. Immediately, they were in awe of the place and the mission of HITHIM as they sought to share the gospel through agricultural development. After a few more visits to the ARC and a lot of time spent in prayer, the Glenns knew that this was the place that God was leading them to.
Anna is now currently serving as the Dean of Agriculture, helping to teach classes, organize curriculum, train teachers, conduct outreach, and develop partnerships for the agriculture department at LICC. Nathan is currently working as teacher in the agriculture department, student activities coordinator for LICC, as well as playing a key role in the research and development aspects of the demonstration farm, especially in the areas of poultry and swine. You can keep up-to-date with them via their personal blog: https://glennsgoglobal.wordpress.com/.
My decision to come to Liberia started while attending the Farming God’s Way (FGW) teaching in Indiana this past August. Bill Sebald and his family were going and he was encouraging me to think and pray about coming as well. I have had only small scale gardening experience from my childhood, but after the first day of the FGW training I desired to see this way of farming put into practice. I’ve been here now since November 15th and I’ve been helping to plant a variety of crops, as well as learning how to compost and measure out a field for planting stations. It’s been a challenge for me to research planting and management of a variety of new vegetables and fruits in addition to combating pests and diseases to the plants. It’s been humbling for me to see how hard some of these Liberians work everyday in the field. My hope is to gain more practical skills in agriculture so that I can help empower more farmers to combat issues of food security in the country. ——Micah Murphy