Creation Care and Environmental Missions

Creation Care and Environmental Missions

“The world we are living in presently is indeed in the midst of a grave ecological crisis, if not a serious economic concern. Environmental crises are always intricately linked to energy issues and economic challenges. The consumptive lifestyle of the wealthy often leaves the poor with a degraded environment to live in. The poor are often left with very restrictive choices of energy and fuel options. They could only afford the cheaper fuel which may be lower in cost but higher in price, as they pollute the earth and cause global warming.

 Sng Chong Hui watering

Our participation in creation care and environmental stewardship projects are small acts with huge significance. They are small symbolic acts which seek to address the anguish of the helpless masses. They are small but prophetic voices, echoing voices of the empowered poor and seeking to address the “powers that be” which may be too busy to walk the streets enough to listen to the folks on the streets. These small symbolic acts, of caring for creation and the poor, are acts of faith, believing that things that have gone awry can be changed, that the bad situations can be redeemed, and the good can be restored. These small symbolic acts reach out to the poor and powerless, who are the beneficiaries of our creation care efforts.

 

Acts of caring for creation are acts of painting the future, training us to tread gently, to handle both material creation and people with care. Acts of caring for creation teach us to appreciate the beauty of both the visible as well as the invisible.

 

Envisioning the future possibility of a redeemed and restored creation encourages us to dare to dream of a future which need not be a nightmare. The future can still be a beautiful and realisable dream, a future worth creating because nature and culture are both valued, with eternal significance. These acts of creation care can become signals of transcendence, lifting us to the vision of hope and higher planes of living. They point us to the hope that the creation will be restored to the way it was meant to be when it was created by the Creator God.”

Lawrence Ko,

Can the Desert Be Green? Planting Hope in the Wilderness

 

 

“Creation Care in Urban Settings” is a course by Lawrence Ko which relate our doctrine of creation to the care of God’s creation in the city. It will discusses responsible living as stewards of God’s creation in relation to rhe issues of urbanization, consumerist lifestyles and their impact on global warming and climate change.  This is a course which will be helpful for the church leaders interested in urban missions and keen to involve business leaders and working adults engaged professionally in environmental business in missions.  The issues cover practical ideas and action plans as we explore how Christians, including children and youths, can respond to the issues and challenges of the environmental crisis in the urban settings.

 

“And what threatens the survival of humanity and the earth are not imaginative, but concrete: global toxification, atmospheric contamination, cultural subversion, land exploitation, species extinction, soil destruction, waste management, modern science and technology, the myth of unlimited economic growth, over-consumption and population growth. The task to effectively deal with them is dauntingly hard and insurmountable. (A) biblical hope for the redemption of the creation is a solid basis for ecological concerns and commitment.”

Choong Chee Pang

 

SCGM has conducted talks, seminars and workshops on Creation Care and Environmental missions in churches over the past 3 years, including Bartley Christian Church, Barker Road Methodist Church, Bedok Methodist Church, Boscombe Life Church, Katong Presbyterian Church, St Andrew’s Cathedral, as well as with FES (Varsity Christian Fellowship) and TTC Centre for Development of Christian Ministry.  SCGM also participated in the Lausanne Global Consultation on Creation Care and the Gospel in Jamaica in 2012.  We have partnered Asian Journeys Ltd in facilitating the Green Desert Project with church groups in the desertified grasslands of Inner Mongolia.   For more information and ways to partner in environmental projects, please email ching@scgm.org.sg. 

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1. Out of the 10 inspiring stories of missionaries sent from Singapore, which story do you like best? Why?
2. Do you agree that God has given children a sense of curiosity and a mind full of imagination? At play, they explore the world they live in. The school, the church and the home can provide wonderful opportunities for children to learn about different people and cultures in the wonderful world God has created.
3. How many types of occupations can you list from the 10 missionary stories? Have you started to think about what you would like to do when you grow up?
4. Can you match the missionaries with their occupations? Whether you are a medical doctor or a dental nurse, a pastor or a teacher, a business leader or a community worker, you can serve God in missions using your special interest, talent and training.
5. It is never too early to wonder about life. Many of the missionaries asked questions even when they were young. Some of them experienced bullying, disappointments, unhappiness and even family problems when they were young. They learnt about the purpose of their lives when they started talking to parents, pastors and teachers in church. Do you talk to your parents and teachers about your hopes and fears?
6. Do you realize that God can use your childhood interests, experiences and education to be a blessing to the people around you? Whether it is learning about science, geography, or enjoying the fishing at the beach or making music, it takes hard work to become good at what you like to do. So work hard, play hard and enjoy your childhood.
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