February 7, 2017
By Aaron Weaver
DECATUR, Ga. — Cooperative Baptists are invited to participate in an immersion experience in Kenya this summer as part of a new Fellowship initiative focused on encouraging concern and active care for God’s creation.
Renewing God’s World includes an initiative for environmental advocacy and creation stewardship led by CBF Global Missions, CBF Advocacy and the CBF Young Baptist Ecosystem. The initiative’s first iteration — called Kutana Kenya — will be held July 15-29 in Kenya, where participants will take part in a two-week mission immersion encounter (“Kutana” is a Swahili word signifying “mutual encounter”) in a cross-cultural setting in one of the most ecologically diverse environments on earth.
Participants will encounter and engage people, places and Global Missions initiatives in the context of a developing nation grappling with multiple environmental challenges across five distinct ecosystems including: Montane highlands; Mara/Serengeti ecosystem (savannah/acacia woodland); Kakamega (remnant tropical rainforest); Ol Kokwe Island, Lake Baringo (Rift Valley lakes); and Nairobi (urban environment). Participants will also learn from local partners in Kenya including: Africa Exchange, The Maa Trust, World Renew and Stand Up Shout Out.
This initiative aims to forge a conservation ethic around “Seeking Transformational Development” and “Cultivating Beloved Community” — two of CBF’s mission distinctives — and draw connections between God, creation and humanity. Exposure and interaction in this context is designed to educate and inspire participants to become agents of transformation in fulfilling the Fellowship’s core purpose of renewing God’s world in their own communities.
Sam Harrell, associate coordinator of CBF Global Missions, said this immersion experience is for all advocates of the environment and those interested in putting their faith to action in this arena.
“We live in a world where contexts of global poverty and global migration are increasingly shaped by environmental degradation,” Harrell said. “Ministering in this world necessitates a greater grounding of our spirituality in the larger story of the image of God, redemption and stewardship. This experience is designed for energetic advocates of the environment and created order who are willing to incorporate lessons learned through new encounters into their own ministry contexts or spheres of influence. Students, young leaders and pastors will find this experience particularly beneficial.”
A $500 scholarship from Africa Exchange is available for students upon application. For additional information regarding registration and itinerary, contact Sam Harrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBF is a Christian network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry efforts, global missions and a broad community of support. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.