Report on Global Change Consultation at Chavakili YM

Query 1: How has global change affected our communities and ourselves?

GOOD CHANGE

BAD CHANGE

1. Education has improved standards

Of living.

1. Our Natural vegetation has

Been destroyed.

2. We have modern farming 2. Increase in soil erosion.
3. We have improved shelter (houses) 3. Increase in population.
4. We have improved transport and

Communication system.

4. Less rain
5. We have improvement in

production of food through use of

Modern machinery.

5. Resulted in drought.
6. Deforestation.
7. We have spoiled the initial

Plan of God.

8. Pollution of our environment

Through industrialization.

Query 2: What actions have we taken in response to global change as experienced in our area, to express our responsibilities towards all creation? In what ways have my own activities or those of my community contributed to positive or adverse local and global change?

We are conserving our streams and rivers. We no longer plant trees next to river banks and other water resources. My trial community in liaison with National Environment Management Committee (NEMA) carries out Environment Assessment impact before establishment of industries. We also burn all plastics.

BAD ACTIONS

GOOD ACTIONS

1. Use of condoms promotes

prostitution Adultery etc.

1. We encourage purity in the

Church.

2. Bad use of family planning

Techniques.

2. Use of local family planning

Techniques.

3. Avoiding or hiding information

from our children.

3. Proper disposal of plastics.
4. Have dust pins in our homes.

Query 3How do changes around us affect our relationship with God? How does my relationship with God affect my responses o changes around us? What role does faith have in my life and in the life of my community? In what ways do I and my Friends church or meeting community bear witness to our testimonies in our daily lives?

The changes have resulted to people not respecting God. Due to education people have come with new faith that is contrary to the word of God. There is no unity in church since we are no longer staying in camps.

As a Christian my faith should be strong despite the changes we may be undergoing. I have to read the Bible and stay in prayer to get wisdom while responding to the challenges that come with changes that result from global change. My faith will always make me have faith in God and not in people. “Our lives should speak” We believe in simplicity.

Query 4: What stories or experiences from past catastrophic happenings – perhaps from Scripture, perhaps from the record of local or regional events – might inspire us to respond to the changes the world is facing today?

We remember what happened during the post election violence that rocked our country during the year 2007/2008. So many people were internally displaced. Children were cut off from their parents. The rise in the cost of living short up. There was scarcity of food. The transport sector was adversity affected. We were unable to communicate due to failure in the communication system.

Query 5: PERSONAL RESPONSE. How can we bear witness to the abundance God offers us testify to the world about ways in which justice, compassion, and peace may address significant disruptions, stress, and tensions?

I remember in the year 1994 while working with the postal corporation of Kenya I was laid off. During that time I had five children and they were all in boarding schools. After being sacked from my place of work life became unbearable. I was unable to pay school fees for children. I was living under stress. I did not have peace of mind. I felt everything had come to be abrupt end.

My help came from trusting and believing that God has a solution for all our problems. A friend heard about my tribulations and came up to my rescue. He paid the school fees for my children for a whole year. And as per now all my children have finished school and we are a one happy family.

Query 6: How can we support one another in rekindling our love and respect for God’s Creation in such a way that we are messengers of the transforming power of love and hope?

The Bible says we are all equal in the eyes of God. It is difficult to practice equality. We often have people raising themselves to self esteem “if it were not me”. We have to lead a life that is flawless. We should consider the needs and desires of our neighbours.

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