Lifelong learners, missionaries and faithful prayer warriors are just a few of the terms that describe George and Lollie Peckham. They first discovered ECHO 20 years ago when visiting friends on Sanibel island who invited them to tour ECHO’s Global Farm. After conversations with Dr. Martin Price about ECHO’s need for full-time volunteers they committed first to annual winter visits, and then relocated to Florida. George and Lollie were uniquely equipped to share their gifts and talents with ECHO. They remember the light bulb moment when they felt the Lord was directing them to move from Maine to serve in North Fort Myers.
Long before George and Lollie arrived to ECHO, they traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America both in their professional and personal lives. George is a native of Reno, Nevada where he was raised on a dairy farm. Lollie was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They met at the College of Wooster in Ohio during wartime in the mid-1940s and were married in 1946. After George’s graduate school work at the American Institute of Foreign Trade, (now called Thunderbird) he was hired by Ralston Purina to go overseas. He, Lollie and their three young children set out on an adventure over the next two decades to Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, the island of Martinique, which they described as their “Walden Pond,” and lastly to Guatemala.
During a recent Missions Month focus at their local church one of the speakers mentioned, “We are all in search of finding that last piece that fits in perfectly to complete the puzzle.” George and Lollie looked at each other and said, “ECHO!” They knew that serving ECHO’s mission was the last piece of their puzzle. Lollie shared, “many things have grown and changed at ECHO, but then so have we. We never would have guessed that God would allow us to serve and grow for 20 years with ECHO. Our favorite scripture, Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us how good it is to trust in the Lord and not lean upon our own understanding, in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”