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Agriculturalists Who Influence: Scott and Shantel Beck

Agriculturalists Who Influence: Scott and Shantel Beck
Day 23 of 30: When the largest family-owned seed company in the U.S. helps fund more than 100 adoptions? That's influence, of the very best kind.

Over the years, we have come to know many families who have adopted children. Some through foster care, some overseas, some domestic.

Naomi and Maleah and Josie. Charlie, J'Aunna, Kate, Jake and Chloe. Little lives changed in a big way. Ways that nearly defy description. Our country church has even begun an orphan care ministry, focusing on prayer, funds and support for families seeing to adopt.

Some years ago, as friends were starting their adoption process, my husband learned Beck's Hybrids supported the adoption care fund, We Care For Orphans. And though our friends didn't ultimately receive adoption aid through that organization, we were heartened at what we learned about a company we already respected.

Five years ago, Scott and Shantel Beck adopted their daughter, Jadyn, from the Ukraine. The family lives with their five children in Indiana, helping operating the family business, Beck's Hybrids. As a result of the adoption and their growing desire to serve, encourage and fulfill God's call in their lives, Scott and Shantel started the We Care For Orphans Adoption Fund. The idea is to help provide finances for families who have the desire to adopt but not the means, through interest-free loans and matching grants.

"Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows." Isaiah 1:17

So far, We Care For Orphans has helped 114 children find their forever families.

That's influence.

Beck's Hybrids, as a company, has also pledged to match any donations dollar-for-dollar in 2014. Their Why I Farm campaign has also helped fund adoption.

That's further influence, by a company that's invested in agriculture and profiting from agriculture, then using it to change lives for good. All from a single adoption, a single vision to do what they were called to do. It's what makes the Becks agriculturalists who influence.

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