Talitha and I leave for Kenya on Friday. We will be visiting Craig and Tracy Sorley, missionaries sent out by Bethlehem Baptist to service with Care of Creation . Our main purpose is to find out more about Care of Creation so we ourselves can pray more intelligently and so we can bring back to Bethlehem a greater understanding and vision of the ministry of Care of Creation.
The combination of ecology and missions is not a familiar sort of ministry for me. Here's a parallel that I found helpful. We're used to the idea of medical missionaries trying to heal people's bodies, which provides a pathway for the gospel, with the prayer that people's souls will be redeemed and healed. Care of Creation is working to heal the environment, which provides a pathway for the gospel, with the prayer that people's souls will be redeemed and healed.
I know we're supposed to be stewards of the world God put us in, but I've always been wary of environmental activists, because so many seem to make the world itself into god. So I'm excited that to learn more about these things with a biblical foundation.
I found Ed Brown's book, Our Father's World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation, to be a very helpful beginning.