God started tugging on my heart two and a half years ago when I read Dr. Sleeths book Serve God, Save the Planet. It was one of the quarterly books assigned to the Sierra Pacific Conference (the Free Methodist conference of Northern California), and I had never been really interested in any of the books they assigned until this one popped up. When I asked my husband Jaymes what this one was about, he quite truthfully said that he didn’t know because he hadn’t read it yet, but maybe I would be interested.
As I read, I felt God confirming in me thoughts and ideas that had been going through my head in recent months. I practically forced the book on my husband and our good friend, reading them quotes and facts whenever I got the chance. I didn’t know the term “creation care” and just how Biblical it is!
I have currently read all of the Sleeths books, and have given out multiple copies of Go Green, Save Green to church friends and a co-worker. I probably sound like an awestruck fan–but the truth is that I am SO overjoyed that God is using the Blessed Earth staff for this ministry! Jaymes and I are praying and working on trying to get my family and our church as fired up as we are. We still have a LOT of planks we are trying to remove from our own eyes, but we pray that by doing so we can be an example and a light to those around us.
I have gone to church since I was three and have been a Christian for as long as I can remember, but, like many Christians, I always had a hard time sharing my faith. When talking in groups about “how to share your faith,” we would come up with answers like we need to be nice to people,” or “we need to help the poor when they need help,” or “we need to be a light in the darkness.” But what does this look like on a daily basis? How does this apply to my life NOW? This is what I love most about the Sleeth family’s ministry; they have brought to attention practical ways to be a Christian each day! What better way to go against the grain of this world, and to live like Jesus did, than to start with creation care? The topic of creation care has started more conversations about my faith these past two years than ever before.
We have recently partnered with our youth group to help raise funds to plant trees through Eden Reforestation Projects. We challenge our youth to pick up change they find on the ground or to give up one soda a week and bring it on Wednesday nights. We have raised over $400 so far! A neat story about ERP is that I was casually mentioning Eden to my non-churched co-worker. She often gets funny looks at work because she is very much into conserving and caring for the environment. When she heard about ERP, she wrote a check for $2,000, and has donated more since. She has also started coming to church and we have conversations about God and creation every time we work together. She has even said to me that she didn’t think many Christians cared for environmental issues, and I told her that we are a growing breed.
My husband and I are so excited, and encouraged as we read more and more about creation care and its impact on the Church. We are so grateful to Blessed Earth for providing us with resources that we can share with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. May God continue to pour His blessings on this ministry!
All for the Kingdom,
Erin resides in Northern California where she lives with her husband and one-year-old son, Titus. She is a youth leader at Foothill Community Church, and works part-time as a Radiologic Technologist at the local hospital.