Report on Global Change Consultation at Kimaliro

When we hear of the term Global Change we think immediately of what is happening around us. A lot of changes are happening in our daily lives to signify that there is an extra-ordinary change that is taking place in our midst.

Responses to Queries

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

It is important to take note to changes on global changes affect us in diverse ways. Whereas some of the changes may be for our good, we realize that most of the changes are not for our good.

Nowadays there is a widespread of waterborne disease like cholera and Typhoid which result from contaminated water. Global change has made us go an extend of making us more hungry than we anticipated. Food has become so scarce and yet it is a basic necessity.

However through the change learning has been made easier. You can easily carry out a research on any topic by just getting logged on your computer. This change has also resulted in our people missing employment. We also have constant migration of people from our rural homes to urban centers where we have factories in search of employment. In the end you find that those who are left behind are unable to engage fully in food productivity due to lack of enough human labour.

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?

It is worth noting that when we started experiencing the effects of global change initially it appeared as if it was for good! So the response has been a bit slow or if there any we are lacking both political and government will to get us going.

However we have individual responses like planting trees, not cultivating on riverbanks to avoid soil erosion.

The most notable action we have taken so far concerns our waters. At first we used to purify the water using bleach which we discovered later on that it was a chemical affecting our health. So we have resorted to using water filters to purify our water before 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?

While tackling this query we need to re-examine our spiritual journey. We need to identify ourselves with our destiny. There was a general sense from the members who were present that” if  you have that of God in you then the changes can just make you identify yourself wholly with that changing power that comes from the word of God.

My relationship with God will always guide me on my actions and deeds. If you are given a gift by someone the first thing that comes to your mind is that it should be a nice gift. There are several nice gifts we have been given by God through the nature that is surrounding us. It is our duty and obligation to handle with care all that we have been entrusted with by God.

My faith will always govern me in my daily life. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Our testimony is the one that speaks loudly. Our testimony is like a letter when someone opens to read it; it is 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?

PERSONAL RESPONSE:

I remember of sometime (I can’t recall the year) we had a very bad local administrator in our area. Remember during those days, chiefs were very powerful. The presence of a chief signified Law. The above referred to chief’; prevented pride students for his local area from accessing Education. whenever he noticed a clever student in the area he made sure that that particular student did not continue with education by either sending the parents to jail or hiding admission letters of  such students. Admission letters used to go through his office before reaching the owners. The end result was that Education standards in the area were low. To date the actions by the Chief are still haunting the local people.

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?

The aspect of justice for all is illustrated in what God is doing for us. If God can bring rain for those who are bad and good shows that  God is JUST for all. When we come together to share our happiness and tribulations indicates that we are passionate. The difference in us can serve as a symbol of unity.

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 commands us that “Love your neighbour”. This is not an easy thing to do as a Christian. This is an encouragement to us. We should not only look on the dark side of our enemies. Every cloud has a silver lining. We are compelled to encourage those in war to forge for truce. Those in hunger like Somalia, we should give them food, hope, and a future. We should assist all without any discrimination.
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