Report on Global Change Consultation at Maeni Friends Church

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

There is change in weather. The rains are not uniform. We have either so much rain or no rain at all. The telecommunication sector has improved. Change in our culture has resulted in a lot of indiscipline amongst our children. We have also changed our African customs and traditions to modern culture from the west. So many churches have come up for material and financial gain. There is overpopulation leading to scarcity of food. The more productive land is overpopulated and over utilized. Excessive use of plastic bags has also polluted our environment.

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?

In our community we are trying to control use of plastics. We also burn those that we have already used and we do not need them. We encourage use of latrines for waste disposal. Initially people used to go to the bush for long calls. The practice is no longer there as people are taught proper sanitation and hygiene practices.

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 we are leading a life of lack, people tend to loose their faith in God. We often ask ourselves “which God are we serving”. Is He a God for the rich only? Why should some people have live in abject poverty while others survive in abundance of wealth. We often ask ourselves “where did we go wrong to undergo all this suffering. The disparities between the rich and the poor leaves us questioning whether God is “just”.

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 cannot forget the hunger that this country experienced this year 2011. Many families have gone without food for several days. The little food that was found being sold has been very expensive. This hunger was nicknamed ‘OCAMPO SIX’ designed from the six post election suspects. Rains failed to come on time and most parts of the country experienced long spells of drought. It is interesting to note that the Government also failed to provide enough planting seeds to farmers.

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?

We want to emulate the “Kenyans for Kenyans” initiate that we just observed in our country recently. Kenyan united to assist our brothers and sisters who were dying due to hunger. We experienced all Kenyans responding to this call. We tried to share whatever we had with our brothers and sisters.

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?

  • Preach peace to all.
  • Give help to the displaced people by providing them with food, shelter, clothing and medial services.
  • We should love one another.