EP Mission Consultation 28 March 2015

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Caring for God’s Creation-Can the desert be green?

We are living in the midst of an ecological crisis with climate change resulting in extreme weather conditions and natural disasters in many places.  Desertification is a stark imagery of the challenges confronting us today as green pristine grasslands and arable farmlands are dried up and rapidly desertified, engulfed by sand storms and sand dunes.  Desertification is a picture of dry bones pointing to humans and animals languishing and dying in degraded lands, contaminated soil and polluted air and water.  Can the Desert be Green? Can Hope spring forth in dying lands?  Can there be streams in the desert?  How can Christians participate in caring for God’s creation?

Lawrence Ko is the National Director of Singapore Centre for Global Missions. He has been a pastor, social entrepreneur, and missions director in Asia for the past 25 years. He has organized urban missions projects as well as environmental stewardship efforts in various parts of Asia. He founded Asian Journeys Ltd, a social enterprise, to network and nurture young leaders towards a vision of a creative and responsible community rooted in love for God, humans and creation. He serves as Chairman of the Mission Commission of the Asia Evangelical Alliance as well as a member of the executive committee of Asia Lausanne Committee for World Evangelisation. He has degrees in history (BA Hons) from NUS and MDiv from TTC and is a member of All Saints’ Church (Anglican) Mandarin congregation.

Lawrence was involved in the Lausanne Global Consultation on Creation Care in 2012 and was on the committee for drafting the Lausanne’s Call to Action Statement on creation care and the gospel. His book “Can the Desert be Green? Planting Hope in the Wilderness” was published on Earth Day in 2014 to encourage Christians to be good stewards of the environment and priests of God’s creation.

Workshops

There will be 3 workshops during this consultation. Participants will be able to attend one of them.

Onesimus

The Onesimus Ministry is a christian-based organization established in April 2013. The objective of running the Onesimus Garden is by using farming as a means to share the love of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ to both local and overseas communities. It provides training and equipping in farming knowledge, skills and restorative therapy.

Let this workshop be an opportunity to learn how to use farm restorative therapy to share bible lessons, life principles, rehabilitation and hope to the marginalized in society.

Can Deserts be Green?

The world we live in is now constantly changing in the midst of an ecological crisis where climate and weather are experienced in extreme measures. Disasters are inevitable. Yet another climate and weather phenomena we face is the degradation of green pristine grasslands and arable farmlands engulfed by sand storms and sand dunes. Deserts will result from this. A picture of dry bones of mankind and animals may await us.

This workshop will help Christians to participate in caring and reclaiming God’s creation and answer the question can hope spring from a dying land?

Creation Care Singapore

Creation Care Singapore was birthed from the Lausanne Southeast Asia Regional Conference on Creation Care and the Gospel last year. It is a network of various Christian organisations brought together by a common love for the Creator and His creation (which includes people) to respond to the urgency of the ecological crisis with a hope that is found in Christ.

We are all interdependent in the web of life that God has created.  Our daily choices impact God’s creation including other people. How is living as responsible stewards of God’s creation part of our mission as Christians?

We will explore these questions so let us come and learn through this workshop how to be “Living Simply as God’s Image bearers”

http://epmc.org.sg/programmes/missionconsultation/2015/19

Organised by English Presbytery Mission Committee – Presbyterian Church of Singapore

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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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