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.