Global Day of Prayer for Climate Action: April 5th

Environmental problems are a spiritual struggle…that’s why we pray.

Everything we all need is provided by God’s creation–if we seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

Join dozens of organizations and hundreds of individuals around the globe praying for a unified response to climate change issues.  Even as Christianity is spreading and growing around the world, many still face increasing challenges to their livelihoods and health due to environmental degradation.

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The Butterfly Effect: Praise God!

There’s something about butterflies.
malachite butterfly
Malachite butterfly MILENIUSZ SPANOWICZ/WCS

Madidi National Park, located in northern Bolivia, holds at least 1,500 species of butterfly.  That’s more butterfly diversity in a SINGLE PARK the size of New Jersey than in the entire United States and Canada, as Discovery News wrote on March 18th.

One thousand, five hundred “sky-flakes…flowers that fly and all but sing,” according to Robert Frost’s poem, Blue-Butterfly Day. Continue reading

Here am I, an environmental scientist. Send me!

Building homes and other structures with common materials in Malawi.
Building homes and other structures with common materials in Malawi.  By creatively recycling materials on hand, people divert trash from being burned and creating pollution.  This could be the work of an environmental missionary!

Environmental missionaries are those sent cross-culturally to labor with Christ-the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer of all creation-in caring for the environment and making disciples among all peoples.  ~pg. 17

Lowell Bliss, Environmental Missions: Planting Churches and Trees.  William Carey Library, 2013

In 2009 I was a college student attending my first Urbana Missions Conference, and the book “Environmental Missions” was a twinkle in Lowell’s eye.  I was not interested in overseas missions because I was studying wildlife ecology, and enjoying it very much.  I thought that I would need to be a medical professional or pastor in order to be a proper missionary.   I thought my wildlife ecology studies precluded me from missionary work.

However, the idea of environmental missions is exactly the opposite: we can care for God’s good earth and His very good creation: people…at the same time.  Join me as I reflect on a few quotes from Lowell Bliss’ book, Environmental Missions, and explore the possibility of expanding our current understanding of missionaries to include those who love God’s world.
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