Our Work In

International

Why

International

The Challenges

What We're Doing

Our Projects

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International

The following projects are how we teach our eight ingredients to locals. Learn more about how you can get involved.

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(See our ongoing projects below to learn how to get involved.)

What We're Doing

Teaching Best Health Practices & Biblical Values

We use our eight ingredients to help impact the lives of rural farm families in Uganda, with hands-on training in their villages

F
Farming
Faithfulness to principles revealed in God’s word & observed in nature
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A
Attitude
Choice to live God's way, to be disciplined and to have a positive outlook
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R
Rest
Nightly and weekly for our bodies and also allowing the soil to rest
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M
Meals
Plant-based, whole foods diet using mostly what the family can  grow themselves
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S
Sanitation
In our bodies, with a focus on women, with our food and around our homes
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T
Temperance
Moderation in good things, abstaining from things that are harmful
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E
Enterprise
Providing opportunity, addressing gender, to pursue sustainability
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W
Water
Fresh, detoxifying & in abundance for grains, legumes, & for our bodies
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International

The Team

These are the people bringing the FARM STEW message to this area.

Cherri Olin
Board Secretary
Christina Brown, MD
Board Member
Dawna Sawatzky, MPH, RN
Board Member
Edwin Dysinger, MPH
Board Member
Frederick Nyanzi, PhD
Board Member
Joy Kauffman
Founder and President
Kevin Sadler
Board Treasurer
Patricia LaVanture
Board Member
Susan Cherne, J.D.
Board Member
Cherri joined FARM STEW because of her love for God and His church. She believes in families, gardening and food preservation. She is a gifted administrator and has served as church treasurer for more than a decade. A mother of two, she now serves also as the Assistant to the President of FARM STEW.
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Cherri Olin
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Cherri Olin
Board Secretary
After seeing poverty in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica, Christina understood her responsibility to help the less fortunate. Beyond merely assisting them, she desired to equip them with the knowledge and resources that would stabilize their financial, physical and spiritual well-being given their limited resources. Now a medical doctor, Christina Brown, MD, is a proponent of a plant-based diet, the science behind it, and the concept of FARM STEW. She is excited to join the FARM STEW team as a Board Member and Medical Advisor. She is praying that she can be a tool to help raise further funds to assist in FARM STEW’s mission to both share the health message and equip others to bless themselves and their community financially and most importantly spiritually.
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Christina Brown, MD
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Christina Brown, MD
Board Member
Dawna has always had a heart for service, so nursing was a natural career goal. While in training, to her surprise, she discovered teaching was her calling and health education was a natural choice with a master’s degree in health education from Loma Linda University. After graduation she, her dentist husband and two children served 6 years at the Adventist hospital in Karachi, Pakistan where she was the hospital health educator. Over the years, God has led her to teaching in hospitals, public health, evangelism training and church/community outreach. These opportunities have been in multiple places around this earth, often in evangelistic outreach. She has always held in high regard Biblical guidance and our SDA health message, and they have served her well along with the evolving knowledge of science. She has joined her interests and talents with FARM STEW because it is a well-balanced, comprehensive health-promoting program, providing solutions to poor people in need of food, sustenance, encouragement and conversion, to achieve an abundant life now and eternally with Jesus. She looks forward to FS continuing on the current path and developing a training center with a curriculum adapted for use anywhere in this world.
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Dawna Sawatzky
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Dawna Sawatzky
Board Member
As a young man in his teens, Edwin was exposed to poverty in the world and felt a calling to do something about it. After marrying Jennifer, they both completed MPH degrees in International Health at Loma Linda University in 1985, and immediately began serving the poor. They pioneered in Sudan with ADRA, in Tanzania with OCI and in Yemen with ADRA for 16 years, helping to start each of those offices. They also raised three children. On returning home to the US in 2001, Edwin continued his overseas involvement for three years doing consultancies for ADRA. After two years of teaching religion at Ouachita Hills College in Arkansas, in 2006 they moved to the family farm in middle Tennessee where they joined Edwin’s brother John in growing organic vegetables and small fruits for market. With an empty nest, in 2017 Edwin and Jennifer traveled to Uganda where they had the privilege of meeting Joy and spending two weeks with the FARM STEW team. They were immediately attracted to FARM STEW’s vision and they desire to do what they can to help forward it’s mission.
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Edwin Dysinger, MPH
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Edwin Dysinger, MPH
Board Member
Dr. Fred is an expert food scientist with a heart for his people of Uganda. With 20 years experience with the United States Department of Agriculture, prestigious internships with the United Nations Development Program’s Transfer of Knowledge through Expatriate Nationals (TOKTEN), and industry experience with Loma Linda Foods, Dr. Fred is well poised to contribute to FARM STEW’s vision to help rural families thrive. He is inspired by FARM STEW’s mission to help families feed themselves and seeks to help expand the benefits to the communities and countries where FARM STEW operates. Dr. Fred has been married 37 years to his wife Norah and they have 4 children.
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Frederick Nyanzi, PhD
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Frederick Nyanzi, PhD
Board Member
Joy is passionate about health, hunger and healing in the global body of Jesus Christ and the world. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from both Johns Hopkins University with a Masters in Public Health and from Virginia Tech with a BS in International Nutrition. She was a Presidential Management Fellow with the US Department of Health and Humans Services, serving for 6 years in the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Joy later lead a Federal grant at her local county health department promoting healthy, locally grown foods and famers. She is also a graduate of the National Soy Research Laboratory International Soy program, a certified CREATION Health Instructor and a Master Gardener through University of Illinois. She’s the founder of FARM STEW, a recipe for abundant life. It is designed to address the root causes of hunger disease and poverty, offering a hopeful witness to the world that points to the true Source of abundant life, Jesus Christ.
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Joy Kauffman, MPH
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Joy Kauffman, MPH
Founder and President
Kevin grew up overseas and he learned early on the value of service and compassion. He serves as the Senior Accountant at Adventist Care Centers and is a graduate of Southern Adventist University. He and his wife Astrid live in Apopka, Florida.
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Kevin Sadler, MBA
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Kevin Sadler, MBA
Board Treasurer
Since the early 80’s, Patricia LaVanture has worked extensively in health education, specializing in cooking schools and training. Many individuals, organizations, and physicians nationwide have benefited from her passion and expertise. After teaching for 9 years at Eden Valley Institute of Wellness in Loveland, Colorado, Patty joined Country Life Natural Foods in Michigan in 1992 where she currently serves as Health Education Director, facilitating a variety of community wellness programs near and far. She also works as OCI (Outpost Centers International) Field Vice-president for North America, an organization dedicated to helping global communities achieve a better quality of life through 120+ educational and health ministries worldwide. In addition, she serves as programming chair and director for ASI (Adventist Laymen's Services and Industries).
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Patricia LaVanture
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Patricia LaVanture
Board Member
Susan Cherne graduated from La Sierra University with a BBA Degree, Management Emphasis, Cum Laude and from the University of Oregon School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. She worked as General Counsel for a medical development company and has served on numerous school and church boards and finance committees. She loves working with youth, community service, cooking, family mission trips and sharing the love of Jesus. She joined FARM STEW because of its exciting mission and the belief that all people should have the opportunity to live an abundant and healthy life.
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Susan Cherne, J.D.
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Susan Cherne, J.D.
Board Member
FARMING
ATTITUDE
REST
MEALS
SANITATION
TEMPERANCE
ENTERPRISE
WATER