We are Nathan and Anna Glenn and we love God, agriculture, and seeing others thrive in Christ.
We both grew up on small family farms and were active members of our local 4-H clubs in Maryland. I (Anna) grew up in Baltimore County raising meat rabbits, dairy goats, and poultry in addition to growing a variety of fruits and vegetables in the garden. Likewise, Nathan raised sheep, beef cows, and dairy cows on his family’s farm in Howard County.
We met at University of Maryland in 2009, where we both started out studying Animal Sciences, but later added a additional majors on in the future.
After graduation, Nathan started his first job as a high school agriculture teacher at Clear Spring High School in Maryland and I headed to Texas A&M where I worked on my Masters in Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication with a focus on International Agricultural Development. During this time in a long-distance relationship, we both felt like we learned so much about ourselves and each other and grew deeper in our relationships with Christ as individuals and as a couple. We continually prayed that God would one day use us and our love for agriculture and serving others to glorify His Kingdom. We just weren’t sure what that would like exactly but we were open to whatever He had planned.
After I returned to Maryland in January 2014, we got engaged and married in the same year. We began our life together in Harford County, Maryland, me as a Horticulture Extension Agent and Nathan as high school agriculture teacher at a new school, North Harford High School.
In 2016, after much prayer and discussion, we quit our jobs and joined AgriCorps, moving halfway around the world to Liberia. The decision to leave our community was a hard one but together we know that we had a desire to take on new adventures, conquer new challenges, live in a new country, and explore other cultures and beliefs. Even then, we had also seen the huge need for agricultural education and youth development programs in developing countries and so feel called to serve in this way because “the place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
As AgriCorps Fellows we lived in Kakata, Liberia and worked as agriculture teachers, Future Farmers Association (FFA) advisors, and extension agents at a government high school called Booker Washington Institute (BWI). It was one of the hardest and most challenging years of our lives so far, and yet also one of the most rewarding. We grew so much professionally as teachers, closer in our marriage, and deeper spiritually in our relationships with God as we were forced to rely on Him more than we ever have before in the past. We also got to see students step into leadership roles and shine, help bolster the FFA and expand it to other schools, and make relationships to last a lifetime.
At the end of our one year commitment with AgriCorps (2017), we decided to stay in Liberia and switch over to work with a new organization, Hope in the Harvest Missions International, as this organization allowed us better combine our love of agriculture and passion for sharing our faith. To learn more about this organization and how we found out about them and made the decision to join this mission visit here: https://glennsgoglobal.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/hope-in-the-harvest/.
Thank you for following along and thank you as always for your prayers and support. We couldn’t do this without them or you!
Anna and Nathan Glenn