Creation Care

Creation Care 

Creation care is the responsible stewardship by humankind of the earth and its life forms, for the Lord’s sake. We believe that the church has a responsibility to care for creation as an expression of his kingdom.

Sustainable agriculture

Why?

The world is experiencing increasingly severe storms, floods and droughts and we are seeing widespread degradation of the oceans, rivers, soils, forests and atmosphere.

Most of the people groups of East Asia have been affected by these phenomena. They have led to food and water shortages, destruction of homes and means of livelihood, involuntary migration, disease and death.

With growing population pressures many people have no choice but to live in marginal lands that are particularly vulnerable to these impacts, and to natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

We are also seeing large-scale loss of biodiversity in land and marine eco-systems. Furthermore, the earth’s resources are being consumed at unsustainable levels.

The earth is the Lord’s

and everything in it.

Psalm 24:1

Missional business
Soil Restoration

Blessed is he who has

regard for the weak.

Psalm 41:1

Ministries

Creation care is an integral part of the work being done to achieve OMF’s vision and mission. In fact CIM/OMF has been engaged in various forms of integral mission since the 1870s. Given the biblical mandate to care for creation, and in response to the growing ecological challenges in East Asia and beyond, OMF has made a commitment to creation care.

These environmental ministries also give us opportunities to share the good news of Jesus Christ in all its fullness with East Asia’s peoples to the glory of God.

  • Ministry to urban poor and migrants
  • Sustainable food production
  • Forest conservation and restoration
  • Water, power and waste management
  • Environmental consultancy & teaching
  • Developing teaching resources
  • Disaster relief and rebuilding
  • Missional business
  • Construction
Woman carrying baby while working in tea plantation

Is God calling you to East Asia?

Explore the different creation care ministry opportunities available in East Asia with OMF, including vision trips, long and short-term ministry roles.

These opportunities are illustrative only, there are many other opportunities available.

We welcome enquiries from anyone with a heart for creation care integral mission among the peoples of East Asia.

Resources

Mission Round Table Journal

A contribution to the exploration of the place of creation care in mission.

Accounts of creation care ministry from different contexts in Asia and Africa.

Creation Stewardship Worksheet

Learn practical ways in which you can help care for creation.

The worksheet includes ideas of how you can develop new habits and actions to help you be a better steward of God’s creation.

Stories

Solar panels and hair salons

Paul & Abbie Brooks with their baby daughter have been living in the small coastal town of Linbian since Oct 18. By God’s grace they are seeking to church plant in this area. They have made good relationships with people nearby to their apartment complex. The ‘hair salon sisters’ downstairs introduced them to a pastor […]

Mission Round Table—Vol. 9 No. 1 May 2014

Missional Creation Care This edition of the Mission Round Table is offered as a contribution to the exploration of the place of creation care in mission. It interleaves missiological reflections with accounts of creation care ministry from different contexts in Asia and Africa. It includes OMF’s statement on the theological basis for creation care, which [...]

OMF International’s Theological Basis for Creation Care

Synopsis: This statement explores God’s purposes and concern for his creation. It does not attempt to address every question that can be raised, but rather seeks to foster caring for creation as part of what it means to live as obedient disciples of Christ. Mission Round Table Vol. 9 No. 1 INTRODUCTION This statement explores [...]

Church Planting and Creation Care among the Mangyan in Mindoro, Philippines

Synopsis: Jocelyn Dino tells the story of OMF’s engagement with integral mission among the Mangyan tribes of Mindoro in the Philippines. The fruit of this work has included liberation from spiritual bondage, the birth of a missional church movement, and transformation of the relationship of the Mangyan to their land. Jocelyn Dino Jocelyn has worked [...]

Gospel, Land, Community: Creation Care in the Mission of God

Synopsis: Mike Griffiths uses biblical precedents to explore issues of place and land-use in the context of mission in communities elsewhere in Southeast Asia. He demonstrates that creation care goes beyond issues of personal practice, and extends to seeking God’s just rule to community life, changing the way people relate to God, each other, and [...]

Alternative Technology and Mission

Synopsis: Joel Chaney and Gareth Selby give examples of how creation care ministry can extend beyond sustainable food production to include alternative technology, and how this has provided opportunities for evangelism. Joel Chaney Gareth Selby Joel is a director of CREATIVenergie and works as a researcher for Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. He has a PhD [...]

Can We Serve the Earth Without Worshipping it? Mission, Missions, and Monkeys in South Asia

Synopsis: Lowell Bliss recounts how his commitment to creation care grew out of his church planting ministry in South Asia. He explores the connections between creation care and worship of the Creator, and the interrelationships between five marks of mission, including creation care. Lowell Bliss Lowell is the director of Eden Vigil, and the author [...]

From Creation to New Creation: Missions and the Natural World

Synopsis: Walter McConnell examines what the Bible says on the themes of creation, dominion, and new creation, and their application for missions. He calls the Christian reader to develop a good biblical theology of creation that explains how we are to relate to environmental and ecological issues. Walter McConnell Walter is the International Coordinator for [...]

Creation, Gospel and Mission

Synopsis: Chris Wright reflects on the connections between creation, gospel, and mission, and some of its eschatological implications. He also comments on the statement in the Lausanne Cape Town Commitment that “creation care is … a gospel issue within the Lordship of Christ.” He shows that “ecological action now is both a creational responsibility from [...]

Creation care in the mission of CIM and OMF: People and Places

David Gould provides an overview of creation care in the mission of CIM/OMF. By David Gould David is OMF’s Creation Care Advocate; he is tasked with exploring the growing ecological challenges, their impacts on the peoples of East Asia, and appropriate missional responses from OMF. He worked as an architect in the UK before he [...]

Less is more…

Spending our summer-break in Samar (Philippines) has been a life-changing experience for us as a family, but also for the local communities we have met there.

Teaching Young People to Care for Creation

Much like the hard work required to bring vitality to dry, nutrient-lacking soil, it has taken many years of dedicated teaching and patient labouring to now see fruit among the graduates of the Mangyan Agricultural School (known as Pantribong Sanayan sa Pang-agrikultura or PSP in Tagalog) in Bayanan, Baco, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. For 25 years, [...]

Creation Care and Urban Mission

Fuel for Faith? Akhai* had seen his three brothers die as a result of alcohol addiction, and he was afraid that the same thing would happen to him. One day his girlfriend Ulzi* persuaded him to go to church with her. He went to please her, but it changed his life – there he heard [...]

Waste Managers in Missions: Ben’s story

‘There are lots of opportunities to come as a ‘long-term short-termer’ like I did.’

Loving our Neighbors through Creation Care

Filipinos Love Me, Their Neighbor Uncle Asyo developed an amazing little farm in the city center. It included scores of fruit trees and herbs. He also raised chickens, ducks, and pigs, partly to produce natural fertilizer. Uncle Asyo knew much about herbal medicine. When I started to feel sick, I grabbed a bandana and went [...]

Students and the environment

 When you think about China and the environment you probably think of pollution, smog-filled cities, and urbanites wearing masks. But there are so many other, more visible, forms of pollution. When I arrived in China ten years ago, many large supermarkets were charging for plastic bags long before my local supermarket back home. Today there [...]

Green and Blue Bags

One afternoon, there was a knock at the door of my apartment building. One of the guards from downstairs was outside, a blue and a green plastic bag and a sheet of paper in his hands. A little puzzled, I wondered what on earth this was all about. Despite my limited language, he managed to [...]

Natural Disasters

Recently ranked third in the world for an increasing occurrence of natural disasters, Myanmar is listed as one of the countries most at risk from the effects of climate change in the next few decades. In recent years, widespread flooding has almost become an annual event.  Despite improving government efforts, the economic and social impacts [...]

Praying for Revival

“God was at work and I continue to pray for the village and a spiritual revival since returning home.”

Thoughts from a Creation Care Advocate visiting the Philippines

In Davao I caught up with an OMF colleague, just back from leading a team taking a 20 tonne container lorry to one of the areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. They expected to help build temporary shelters, but the people welcoming them said they wanted to build permanent homes themselves. So the team were happy [...]

Stepping out of our Comfort Zone for God

“We were able to visit and actively participate in the homebuilding & gardening projects.”

Seaweed Farming & Discipleship!

“I was invited to determine whether the seas of Marabut could support a livelihood project.”

Caring for God’s Creation

Vietnam is the Lord’s and everything in it (Ps 24:1), from its human and animal inhabitants to its vegetation, both natural and cultivated (rice, coffee, fruit). Its land, from sea-level deltas to mountainous highlands, its natural resources (minerals, gas, oil and timber) and its water and air ... All belong to the LORD! The nation [...]