Training for the Third World

April 07, 2014

Columbia International University student Kelly Richardson has no cell phone or Internet access. She lives isolated from the developed world, learning sustainable agriculture, primary health, nutrition and food technology — and spiritual formation. And she says, “I love it here.”

Richardson is at h.e.a.r.t., (The Hunger Education and Resource Training Institute), a 40-acre training ground in Florida that prepares prospective missionaries for the living conditions in underdeveloped regions. Her time at h.e.a.r.t. is for her minor in International Community Development, which is also a major at CIU.

Richardson was featured in an article on h.e.a.r.t. in The Ledger newspaper in Lakeland, Fla. Read the article at:

Learn more about CIU’s International Community Development program at: