Report on Global Change Consultation at Kaptama Friends Church

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

Global change has brought about breaking of families. People of the same family are living far apart. There is change in most of our cultural structures. Our people have embraced more of the western culture at the expense of our African culture. There is a lot of Genetically modified food on the market that is causing a lot of health problems to us.

Transport has been improved on by making most of our roads accessible. Due to the high cost of living standards global change has brought about rise in criminal activities.

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?

Due to the rise in the cost of foodstuffs, we are trying to do away with all those stuff that we do not need. We only buy what we know we can not do without. To ensure that we have enough supply of food throughout the year we have tried to store safely our harvest. It is important to note that the food that we harvest is never enough to meet the needs of the ever rising population.

Our own actions have affected badly in global change. We often harvest trees at will, damp wastes without consideration of the effects, plough on river banks and contaminate the water we use.

QUERY 3: How do changes around us affect our relationship with God? How does my relationship with God affect my responses to the 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?

When the economy is at its worst people tend not to come to church because they have to go look for food.

Electronics like mobile phones, computers and Television have taken the place of God in our lives. Our minds are always fixed on the use of this gadgets hence affecting negatively our relationship with God. This changes are pulling us away from God.

Mathew 6:33 says “seek ye first the Kingdom of God” This encourages us that even in scarcity God changes not. Situations may change, but God will always be there for us.

QUERY 4: What stories or experiences from past times of 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 are living in an area where we have experienced a lot of problems by war caused by unequal distribution of land.

People have been killed and several others displaced from their homes. Our church had a lot of internally displaced people. It was difficult to give the basic needs to all the displaced people. They lacked shelter, food, water and access to education. Many/women were raped and still being traumatized by the events of this war.

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

Our bearing of witness to the abundance of God has been very minimal. There is a culture that help should always come from the West and this has made us not to respond to the immediate needs of our neighbors. We admit that God has blessed us but we do not share this blessings with other friends who are undergoing suffering.

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?

  • We seek for reconciliation
  • We have to elect leaders who are qualified.
  • We have to help each other.
  • Seeking to be at peace with all.