Report on Global Change Consultation at Kikai

 

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

Community Ourselves
  • Rainfall patterns have changed leading to NO specific planting and harvesting period.
  • Soil erosion is on the rise leading to landslides.
  • Traditional circumcision is no longer observed as a communal function.
  • Soil fertility has gone down.
  • Population growth has gone high

 

  • There is lack of enough water and the little we get is usually contaminated.
  • We are affected and infected by diseases.
  • Prices of commodities have gone high.
  • There is scarcity of wood fuel.
  • Lack of enough food.

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 planting trees to prevent soil erosion, have fresh air and attract more rain. People in the community are going back to indigenous food which is free from any chemical contamination.
To get a clear view of how my actions or those of my community have contributed positively or adversely, it is important to have both the positive and adverse actions tabulated as follows:

POSITIVE ACTIONS NEGATIVE ACTIONS
  • Decreased cases of wife beating (battering) due to enlightened society and people knowing their rights.
  • Communication system has improved using modern technology.
  • There is access to education for all  children.
  • We often dig on river banks leading to soil erosion.
  • We deplete our forests through charcoal burning and fuel wood.
  • We have destroyed our water resources hence affected our wildlife.

 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?

I remember of days when Quakers used to harvest and keep that that belonged to God in a common store for the Church. Nowadays such practice is NOT there since we lack even what to harvest. This has affected our relationship with God negatively.

The other way round is that if we are blessed abundantly by God we tend to forget to remember the needy that are in our midst. People will never be contented with what they have and they will always struggle to acquire more even if means using crude ways.

The changes have also affected our pastoral obligation. Nowadays for one to qualify to be a pastor, you have to go through a theological college.

My relationship with God will determine the way I respond to the changes around me. If my actions are right with God, then I respond positively. Faith plays a very important role in my life and the life of my community. It is through faith that I can remember that all that God created was good and I am the steward entrusted to take care of nature.

There is a tendency for people to assume that the Quakers of “Nowadays” are not honest. The testimonies we have these days are not a true reflection of who we are.

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?

During the post elections violence that were seen in Kenya in the late 2007 and early 2008  most people were internally displaced. The internally displaced people could NOT carry out any work on their farms which resulted in hunger. Those who had crops could not as well harvest which resulted in a lot of farm produce being destroyed. During this time the displaced people were living in very harsh conditions in camps. They lacked food, water, health services and education. It is during this time that most people realized the importance of peace and tranquility.

In the Year 1980 there was a long spell of drought. People did not have any food. It is during this time that we had “Yellow maize” being imported in the country from the USA. During this time there was a story that “even cats chewed sugarcane”.

 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 tensions?

We are going entirely to discuss of the abundance of God in food security. We have countries that have been blessed that usually come in to assist the less privileged countries in the form of relief supplies. We are able to help our friends in need. During this harvest period our church will be collecting maize from members which will be taken as relief to our fellow friends in the Northern part of Kenya.

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?

It is important to note that everyone has a right of access to fundamental human right. As a church we should assist the orphans and widows in our community.
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