2018 Opening Ceremony

In the 2018 fiscal year, 27 students and 3 graduate students from 16 countries including Asia and Africa will be officially welcomed by the ARI Community. The Commencement Ceremony schedule is given below. We appreciate the time taken from your busy schedules and sincerely hope you join us in encouraging the students. Everyone is welcome to participate. Date and Time: 1:30 pm Saturday, April 14th, 2018 Venue: Asian Rural Institute, Koinonia Hall *There will be a small reception after the ceremony. All are welcome to join. Nearest station ■ Nasushiobara station (JR Utsunomiya line / Tohoku Shinkansen) Pick-up time ■ 12: 30 ※ Those who wish to use the bus … Read more…

Class of 2018: Chigira Hasumi

Japan Graduate Intern (2017 ARI Graduate) “A society where all people can eat safe and clean food, a society where people can live with their own dignity and humanity through organic farming and education aimed at a sustainable society.” After spending last year as a participant in the ARI training program, I am happy to be returning as a Graduate Intern with the class of 2018. I would like to continue my learning here in ARI to build the foundation for accomplishment of My Dream. The general goal for this year is the balanced combination of the theory and the practice. The thing that I especially believe it important for … Read more…

Class of 2018: Joe Ginting

ARI Nickname: Joe Indonesia Gereja Batak Karo Protestan, GBKP Pastor “In fact at this moment we do not need competition, but how we can work together. Work together to produce the better life, by working together will certainly ease the burden of easing the cost that we should bear alone, and by working together we learn more what we didn’t know.” In the Indonesian heartland of Kabupaten, the duties of a pastor don’t end after the Sunday service benediction. Joe Ginting knows this well, as his work schedule demands he make daily efforts to help improve the lives of the Karo people of Sukajulu. Since Sukajulu is a rural village … Read more…

Class of 2018: Chlaodhius Budhianto

ARI Nickname: Chlaodhius Indonesia Christian Church from Northern Central Java (GKJTU) Pastor “I know that many of my church members are poor farmers. Because of this, I not only nurture their spiritual life, but I also work to empower economically.  Organic farming is the solution to my people sustainable economic growth.” As the pastor of a small farming village in rural Indonesia, Chlaodihus has seen first-hand that spiritual words alone are not enough to alleviate the struggles of those who live in poverty. As such, he has taken it upon himself to realize the Christian creed of ‘preferential treatment for the poor’ by actively working to improve the economic situation … Read more…

Class of 2018: Prokhen Phangcho

ARI Nickname: Khen India Amri Karbi Baptist Association, AKBA Pastor “I know that my community has capabilities within themselves, so I want them to bring up together and work and to live by themselves not depending on any other.” Born in the same village he now serves as pastor of, Prokhen has lived his whole life among the people he now serves. As a spiritual leader, it is Prokhen’s calling to tell the word of God, pay visitation to the sick, and offer support to the needy and disenfranchised members of his community. Prokhen is a devoted Baptist, and at the same time very respectful of the local animist traditions. … Read more…

Class of 2018: Gabriel Gonmei

ARI Nickname: Gab India Rongmei Baptist Association Subject Specialist “I always have my heart for rural people as I have also come from a rural place. Now I am  involved in nurturing rural poor and leaders in accumulating new strategies and approaches in transforming agricultural practices and development.” Gabriel was born in Dimapur, Nagaland, India. Coming from a rural area, and with the influences of his grandparents who are farmers, Gabriel has been interested in rural agriculture and development from a young age. Currently, he works as a Subject Specialist for the Rongmei Baptist Association in Nagaland to help the people of the Peren district. The Peren district is composed … Read more…

Class of 2018: Kwabena Frempong Fening

ARI Nickname: Kwabena Ghana Methodist Church of Ghana, Koforidua Diocese (MCG) Project Director “The idea of leaders not partaking in the labor work in the farms and fields does not motivate the community. All hands-on deck is necessary to achieve the set target.” In the heart of Ghana’s lush plains, Kwabena serves his hometown of Maame Krobo as project director for the Methodist Church of Ghana’s Koforidua Diocese. Taking great pride in his community, Kwabena describes it as, “a moderate community full of farming activities.” Though poor (most residents are peasant farmers), his people are hard-working, industrious in both their fields and marketplaces. Kwabena does his best to help improve … Read more…