Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Okawville Farmer: A Mentor For the Poor, Hungry in Times of Need


Published October 2003 in The Messenger,
The Newspaper of the Belleville Catholic Diocese


Norbert Zinck has already begun to travel in later life as most retired folks do; but the 69-year-old Okawville farmer has yet to retire.

In between manning more than 300 acres on his family farm, Zinck, a member of St. Barbara’s in Okawville, travels near and far to give of himself.

As a volunteer for the United States Agency for Development, Zinck’s missions have led him to Mexico, Armenia, Macedonia, Azerbaijan and Rwanda to educate farmers in these underdeveloped countries. Continue reading


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