With Contributions from Christi Huizenga, Plant With Purpose
Scott Sabin, the Executive Director of Plant With Purpose, has been talking to the American church about creation care for over 20 years. In that time, he has watched Christians categorize environmentalism as a luxury topic, separate from worship or care for the poor. It is a common myth that we have to chose between caring about creation and caring for people.
Scott argues that we are getting this wrong, and at Plant with Purpose they believe the opposite. Creation care at its root is a way to praise the creator and care for the least of these. Planting trees, sustainable land management, and environmental restoration are actually the most effective solutions to the largest form of poverty.
An Oxford study shows that as many as 85% of the world’s poor are rural. The most vulnerable of these poor families are the ones farming the land that other people have cast aside as worthless. This doesn’t have to be the case. This land can be restored and made productive through sustainable land management. Planting trees provides critical hope and a sustainable solution to reverse poverty for some of the most vulnerable of God’s people.
Environmentalism can be a source of hope, but it’s also an act of worship. Scripture is full of examples of God delighting in creation. His world brings joy, and it points us to the fullness of His glory. We are made to worship and rejoice in our Creator. As Christians, we must stop and bask in the greatness of the God who created wonders.
From the very beginning, He gave us a role in building and shaping this world. Even now, God is writing a story of redemption that includes not just people, but His whole creation. He’s invited us to join in caring for His creation.
Plant With Purpose is proud to partner with ECHO in caring for creation. We regularly join together to bring ECHO’s knowledge and skills to the large grassroots network of Plant With Purpose farming families. Together, Plant with Purpose and ECHO are building resilient environments, reversing rural poverty, and bringing hope to communities around the world.
ECHO is an international non-profit organization located in North Fort Myers, Florida, established to equip people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives small farmers worldwide. ECHO creates opportunities for community leaders to network with one another to share experiences, ideas and solutions. We provide agricultural and appropriate technology training and resources to a network of 3000 individuals and organizations in 180 countries.