We have just celebrated Earth Day, reflecting on how our church can live out its commitment to care for God’s creation. The theme for this year is “A new Heaven and a New Earth: Health, Environmental Racism, and Eco-Justice.” According to Cathedral on Fire, the UCC church handbook for the climate crisis, our first calling as people of faith is to work and care for God’s creation. Mwanzo is doing just that.
People in Rabuor wanted to address the problem of deforestation in their community. So many trees had been cut down to make coffins during the worst of the HIV epidemic, that they are now in short supply. With a little funding, they enlisted the help of a local agronomist, and began propagating and planting trees using locally available materials. They have already propagated over 3,000 trees, including fruit and shade trees! Together, we are nurturing hope in Rabuor, and hope for the world!
The wonderful new Mwanzo Education Center building that so many of you helped make possible created a great opportunity for a solar system. The panels have gone up and there is reliable, sustainable electricity in Rabuor for the first time! Huge thanks to the Love and Justice Ministry, and to the many individuals who helped us finance this amazing project.