Swords into plowshares

And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.  Isaiah 2:4

Jon Krieg, AFSC Des Moines, shared the story, below, with Des Moines Register editor, Lynn Hicks, about the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) hosting a North Korean agricultural delegation’s visit to Iowa in 2001.   Jon said Lynn recently visited China and talked about various agricultural projects and investments under way.

AFSC article about North Korean ag visit to Iowa Spring 2001 Edited

This led the Des Moines Register to consider extending another invitation to a foreign leader to visit Iowa, as it previously did to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1955, to learn about agricultural practices here. Khrushchev accepted that invitation.

The editorial  Could North Korea’s Kim visit Iowa, as Khrushchev did?  Trump administration should try farm diplomacy was published October 5, 2017.

That editorial referenced one published by the Register Sept. 1, 2017, Agriculture could be key to easing U.S.-North Korea tensions by Kenneth M Quinn, President of the World Food Prize.

Both editorials are fascinating reading.  You are encouraged to write to the Register to support the idea of extending this invitation.  The e-mail for letters to the editor of the Des Moines Register: letters@dmreg.com, and here’s an online link http://static.desmoinesregister.com/submit-a-letter/

I am fascinated by the story of the 2001 visit to my Quaker meeting, Bear Creek, because I wasn’t living in Iowa at the time.  In the photo above, Burt Kisling is my father, Russ Leckband continues to attend Bear Creek and his wife Jackie is our clerk, Herbert Standing was a cousin, since deceased, and Arnold Hoge was the father of Win Standing, whose husband Ellis, is my mother’s brother.  The delegation visited the farm of Ellis and Win.  Then, after the potluck meal at the meetinghouse, I can easily imagine them gathered around the wood burning stove as described above,  “…the conversation ranged from farming to families to religion, touching on many topics of curiosity and interest”.


Bear Creek Meeting 2017




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