Well spring has sprung! We are busy getting our seedlings ready for the summer growing season here in Central Florida. Peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers are all getting ready to unite with the earths nutrients and produce their fruit. This has always been a fun time of the year for me. I love to witness this cycle of life. I was in friend’s garden this week and couldn’t help but observe a sign that read “we came from the earth, we will return to the earth, and in between we garden.” I thought how true this statement is. The responsibilities given to us by God in Genesis have never changed. We need to understand the relationship that we are to have with the creator and his creation. We were all given the responsibility of tending the garden. The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it….
From a biblical perspective, “the environment” is God’s creation. Creation care does not just mean caring for “nature,” apart from humanity. It means caring for the entire creation: the environment and “all creatures great and small” including humanity. As those who confess Jesus Christ to be Savior and Lord, our relationship with all of creation must be in keeping with Christ’s relationship with all of creation. When we explore what the Bible says about creation, we interpret each text in light of our relationship to Christ and his relationship to all of creation. If the Bible teaches us that Christ has created the universe, gives it life and sustains it, and has reconciled everything to God, then our actions should participate in Christ’s creating, sustaining, and reconciling work.
I hope you are finding encouragement this spring to begin, continue or increase your roll as a gardener. I’m excited to relate to you the progress of our new training center in Togo West Africa. The construction is completed, and production has started. I made a recent trip to oversee the stocking of the fish and the beginning of the planting. We have completed two of our scheduled four stocking of fingerlings. We have already stocked 2,500 fish in the system and planted over 700 plants with nearly 6,000 more to come. God has blessed this venture immensely. All of our partners have been incredible. We could not have accomplished this work without the focused and diligent efforts of our partners CWE and ABWE and of course your faithful support of Morning Star Fishermen. We are continuing to grow and develop here at Morning Star. Everyday seems like a world-wind. We have new staff coming in, new programs being developed, and we’re excited about the potential of changing lives for the cause of Christ. Please prayerfully consider how you may be more involved with the exciting work taking place at Morning Star and remember you’re a gardener.
During construction of the aquaponic system.
At this stage the system contained only water.
Introducing the first plants into the system.
The Togolese children feeling the cool water.