QUERY 1: How has global change affected our communities and ourselves?
The western culture has influenced us to have small families which are easier to manage (family planning has been introduced).
Due to close neighborhood, levels of crime have increased and scarcity of resources.
Household chores are performed by everybody irrespective of gender.
Commercial fertilizers have been introduced to beef up 0n food production. However they have adverse effect on human health.
Wrong use of land (removal of terraces) has resulted in increased soil erosion.
New foodstuffs with chemicals have led to diseases which are terminal: – cancer, diabetes.
Mode of transport has improved, communication has improved; technology has led to quick movement/communication.
Socialism has been frozen, due to migration from our original homes.
Due to overpopulation, natural forests have been cleared and led to change in the rainfall pattern, water springs have been interfered with – rivers drying up.
Plastic materials pollute market places.
Some homesteads do not have pit latrines.
Plastic materials are used as fuels and the gases produced are toxic.
Industrial plants produce water effluents which pollute rivers e.g Nzoia sugar factory and Webuye Paper Mills.
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?
- Planting of trees, re-a forestation has been done.
- Wildlife conservation.
- Maintaining of terraces to prevent soil erosion.
- Use of simple technologies for providing fuels- use of sawdust.
- Use of biogas, to cut down on falling off trees.
- Members of the community to have pit latrines.
- Using food prudently – no waste and recycling of food is practiced.
- The Government has introduced short term crops.
- Pollutants like plastics should be burned.
- Collection of waste materials e.g. plastics and metals has created self-employment to the youth.
- Eucalyptus trees led to infertility of the soil.
- Water is boiled before it is used for drinking, cooking.
- Forest officers and agriculture officers are advising on which trees and crops to plant.
- Use of lifestraw can reduce chances of contracting diseases like typhoid or water borne diseases.
- There is need to educate the community on the new methods of removing health hazards.
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?
- High cost of living (family upkeep) has led minimal contribution in the church.
- Scarcity of resources has led to people being mean (not loving)
- People are not faithful.
- Family planning is a contradiction to God’s command of “Go Yee and Multiply”
- Instead of going to church, people are busy engaged in activities to earn a living.
- Cell phones are being worshipped, instead of being attentative, has led to lies, diverting money that could be valuable for church growth.
- Failure to practice our faith will make other people not to be demotivated (take us to be hypocrites).
- Simplicity can be emulated by other churches.
- Cleanliness is next to Godliness. When practiced it will contribute positively to the growth of spiritual maturity.
- Friends never hold grudges.
- Hard work is encouraged.
- Value for Education is one of the priorities.
- Quakers are cohesive, organized in their homes.
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?
- The story of Joseph is quite enriching even as he was offended by his brothers he didn’t revenge.
- He went through tribulations (involving Pharaoh’s wife) but he emerged a victor.
- Noah’s story of making an ark and asking people to board it to avoid the floods is a lesson to us, for those living in food prone affected areas.
- Poverty has led to sudden death caused by those who wanted to secure oil.
- Epidemic such as HIV/AIDS is on the increase.
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?
- Helping our neighbours with building materials and any other basic needs.