Category: November 2015

Green Mission

Why Creation Care Counts as Missions

In October of 2008, Manila, Philippines was hit by two massive typhoons. According to some reports, 80% of the city experienced flooding, much of it severe. Homes were inundated to the top of the second floor that had never been flooded before. Over 1500 people lost their lives.

On the heels of these storms, an environmental seminar, “Hear the Call to Care for Creation” was held that had been planned almost a year earlier. From homes still damaged by flood waters, more than 70 people spent two days together seeking to understand what God might be saying through what was generally understood to be an environmental disaster.

“This is God’s timing,” said Alice Pineda, director of the sponsoring organization. “We are experiencing the results of sins against the environment, [and] it is time for the Philippine church to address this problem more intentionally and concretely.”

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5 easy ways to add creation care to your Urbana experience

Here’s some suggestions of how you and your friends can engage in creation care during your time in St. Louis.
  1. Visit the St. Louis Citygarden for a walk with friends or quiet time with God.  It’s only a few blocks from the America’s Center!
  2. Bring a thermos and reusable water bottle.  Plus, some coffee shops give a discount if you bring your own mug.
  3. Attend a creation care-minded seminar to learn more about God’s world and why it matters to missions.
  4. Walk instead of taking a cab.  It’s good for you, and free!
  5. Make an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle. For instance, don’t take flyers or handouts you don’t plan on using.