Summer Sower:
The Unsung Heroes of Creation Care

Written by Plant With Purpose on June 9, 2015 in Sower

Summer 2015

Director’s Corner

By Scott Sabin, Executive Director 


One thing that makes Plant With Purpose unique is our emphasis on finding a synergistic relationship between environmental restoration and economic development. People are often skeptical when they hear this, as I was when I began volunteering for the organization nearly 25 years ago. After all, you have to make a choice, right? Will you help people or trees?

It turns out you don’t have to choose. Over the past three decades, we have seen what started as a theory practically demonstrated again and again. Farmers prosper on hillsides that are greener and more fruitful. Water sources are restored. People are better fed, healthier, and wealthier. Children are in school.

Read more about how Plant With Purpose’s program expands beyond environmental restoration to holistic transformation including reconciliation in countries like Burundi, and how the Plant For Tomorrow campaign is positioning Plant With Purpose to reach even more people.


The Unsung Heroes of Creation Care

By Becky Rosaler and Annelise Jolley


More than thirty years ago Tom Woodard, Plant With Purpose’s founder, asked an inspired question: what if planting trees was a solution to rural poverty, a solution that would provide jobs, improve food security, and restore the land? Since the first trees were planted in the Dominican Republic, farmers partnering with Plant With Purpose have planted 14,348,505 trees across six country programs. Tiny seeds have grown to form Plant With Purpose’s holistic three-part development approach, with environmental restoration as a pillar.

As global environmental conditions worsen and reports of droughts, floods, famine, and climate change increase, over 23,000 Plant With Purpose partnering families are doing their part to make a positive impact and heal the land.

Read more to learn how Plant With Purpose partnering farmers are leading the way to restore local land, heal water sources, and work together as forces of change.


Plant For Tomorrow



Plant With Purpose currently partners with 130,000 adults and children in six countries to transform despair into hope. More than 14 million trees have been planted, restoring watersheds and revitalizing the land. Abundant crops are ending hunger. 800 community-based savings groups in 406 villages are sowing seeds of financial security. Hundreds of pastors and church leaders are being mobilized to address needs in their communities and share God’s love.


Over the next two years we will double our impact by reaching 100,000 new people in 200 new communities and 2 new countries. Help us double our impact by 2017.

Read more about how you can be a part of Plant With Purpose’s expansion through the Plant For Tomorrow campaign.


Village Spotlight: Panasawan, Thailand

By Melissa Coy, Development Assistant 

Thailand is a well-known tourist destination, rich with cultural experiences and picturesque views, but the outskirts of the Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces tell a different story.

Panasawan is a Plant With Purpose partnering community in the Chiang Rai province. It is home to Khamsee Pawsang, a 52-year-old farmer who is determined to break the cycle of poverty and environmental damage through the simple act of planting trees.

Read more about how Plant With Purpose empowered Khamsee to improve the health of his family, his neighbors in Panasawan, and the local environment. To support Panasawan or communities like it, visit our Sponsor A Village page of the website.


Breaking News

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Planting Hope Gala

Save the date! The 2015 Planting Hope Gala will take place on Saturday, October 3. We are excited to announce a new location: Omni La Costa Resort and Spa. The evening includes a Mediterranean-inspired resort location in San Diego’s North County, complimentary valet parking, a cocktail reception and exquisite three-course dinner, plus many opportunities to support the work of Plant With Purpose through silent, live, and fund-a-need auctions.

For more information on the Planting Hope Gala, click here. If you are interested in donating an item towards the silent or live auctions, please contact

Restoration at Work

Once a quarter we invite you to join us at the San Diego office for an update on field programs and how lives and land are being restored. Set aside the following Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00 pm: June 18, September 10, and December 10.

Help Us Win $15,000

Plant With Purpose’s San Diego office is in the running for a $15,000 technology makeover but we need YOU to WIN! The winner will be the nonprofit that received the most votes. Go to, find Plant With Purpose, and click the vote tab. You can vote one time per day, per device … computer, laptop, cell phones, and tablets. Voting is open through June 19 so set an alarm, schedule calendar reminders, or bookmark the website to help us win so we can better serve the international Plant With Purpose family.

To read the latest in “Breaking News” click here.  


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