Saturday, September 9, 2017

The story of Garden of Eden. Peace and Justice is paramount for sustainable development and transformation governance

The story of Garden of Eden. Peace and Justice is paramount for sustainable development and transformation governance.

Peace is something that has been talked all over the world and from South Africa to North Africa the song is the same. Peace and security is paramount for sustainable development and transformation governance. And hence we don’t have choices in promoting and advancing conversations of peace, reconciliation and reconstruction, if we ever dream of just and more fairer world where prosperity and progress is possible. In genesis 3;1-24 we seen the starting point of human conflicts and strive

In Biblical narrative the lack of peace between man and God has direct effect on man and creation and creation with humanity and hence need to rebuild the damage relationship and restore the trust, friendship and support that the picture as envisaged in the biblical garden of Eden. In the absence of security there is war, conflicts and tensions that part people from people, community from community and nations from nations. The torn apart national fabric of cohesion and coexistence breed mistrust and hypocrisy deeply.

The process of reconciliation is complex and complicated. Its complex due to often resistance from the architecture of the violence and wars. Just as the Old Testament story of Adam, Eve and God was quite complex and intrigue so is our story today though different in contexts the struggles and cause is still the same. It would be prudent to say that indeed sin has permeated all components of human beings.

Sin is in us, sin is with us and sin beyond us. Hence there is so much evil in a world that was originally characterized by the goodness of God and his perfectionism in artistic design. In our own generation its seem hate is the alternate for love, darkness for light and death for life. We must gather courage to redirect course of events in Kenya

When there is no peace, everything is groaning due to the coming of sin which destabilized the creation that was originally well ordered and embodied goodness as depicted in the genesis story. And in the state of lawlessness nothing can be orderly and efficient. Theologically, though the image and likeness of God was marred, it wasn’t completely destroyed. 
                                                 
The conversation and search for justice and peace should not ignore the nature of mankind on his original state as shown by biblical story of creation. The biblical concept of man in genesis offers glimpse of who mankind; one who possess goodness in moral, emotion. If these components are not looked with seriousness then all other conversations on peace and justice become invalid and moving toward wrong path.

Traditionally we have blamed lack of resources, marginalization, exclusive governance and geographical location for increase in insecurity and instability in our modern world. To seek long-term solution we must seek to understand the world as it was in the biblical story of creation;

With the ever growing world, reconciliation can only happen when all actors take their positions seriously in seeking and finding justice, forgiveness and ability to move forward. In admission sin must take the central stage in any meaningful conversations that are aimed to tackle lack of peace, reconciliation and reconstruction in our modern world.

The faith movements must gather courage and address the effects of sin in reference to all components of humanity. Sin has infiltrated all components of humanity. When these conversations begin on sin, then meaningful engagement and discussion of security, peace and cohesiveness will take place and bear much awaited fruits of unity and purpose. Toward reconciliation God takes central place. A theology of hope and tranquility must be seed among in the country. They desire peace that will affect their livestock, water, children and women.

God has called us humanity to be ambassadors of peace in world torn by strife, greed, selfishness amongst others. The faith movement must seriously play its sacred role as a channel of God toward making our world just and more fairer. Though often divided on its prophecies voice, it can still earn respect and admiration if it can speak against all forms of oppression and injustices without fear, favor or exclusion based on political and tribal inclination. The story of garden of even is the story of the Church.

My hope is we can spur hope, reconciliation and intensify need for fair and more inclusive world as pattern in the Garden of Eden story. We can speak boldly and freely toward a conversation of PEACE, RECONCILIATION & RECONSTRUCTION for an inclusive society

Friday, August 25, 2017

KENYA ELECTIONS, 2017.How can the faithbased movements live in the light while residing in a dark world?

While the country is staring at elections in few weeks time, the faith movements have an opportunity to foster for peace and justice during and after the general elections-one of the highly contested in the voting pattern of the country.In the early 80s and 90s the clerical were on the forefront to bring about much needed reforms and social transformation. While each decade
brings new challenges, the church has not neglected its prophetic voice. In the run up to the 2010 referendum, the church was highly divided and took sides which reduced its critical participation on issues of national importance.
The church has moral obligation to pray for the country toward peaceful, credible, free and fair elections. The church must not relent in seeking healing and reconstruction of the nation. It must rise up and rekindle memories of its patriarchs such as Bishop Henry Okulu, Alexander Munge, David Gitari, and Timothy Njoya. It’s their charisma that deepens the church engagement in matters of national interest.

It must speak out on political instigated violence and front the need for unity and stability. It must remain neutral and move the country toward nationalism and patriotism. It must resist the temptation to
shelter and advance politician interest that often overrides her prophetical. It has a civic role to educate its faithful on leadership ingredients such as transparency and integrity.

This election provides her leadership with cardinal role to hold the country together amidst wide spread cracks that often tears the society fabric. It must avoid falling into tribal and ethnic politics.
While the Church takes faithfully plays its role-The citizens mustcommit to rule of law, respect on human rights and forge stable and prosperous future now and after the elections.

Friday, March 10, 2017

SHOWING JESUS FILM AT NAROK (OLOMAYIANA) CHURCH

t was good being able to show Jesus Film In Maasai Language at Olomayiana Church in Narok. Its beautiful to hear and watch Christ speak your language.We were pleased to show Jesus film using the projector. We had over 200 people who came, They were inspired and encouraged. We had over 20  people give there life to Christ. Please find the pictures



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Supporting Education, Transfomring Communities- You Can Help

DSCN6239.JPG PASTORALIST TRANSFORMATION INITIATIVE is working to educate Maasai and Samburu women and the members of the community in which they live. Our heart and commitment is to bring hope to the Maasai community through education to those who couldn’t otherwise afford it.As ministry we are continuous committed to provide educational opportunity for girls until each student has the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce and be able to meaningfully participate in the transformation of their communities. This is a long-term commitment to improve the literacy, health, and economic well-being of Maasai women, their families, and their communities.
Lemargeroi Saruni 469.jpgWe believe that educating women is the single, most effective way to reduce poverty, improve health and economic well-being, and bring development to communities throughout the world. Very few Maasai girls were educated. Among the Maasai its only 20 percent of girls enroll in primary school, and only 10 percent reach secondary school level. Persistent poverty and cultural belief systems perpetuate the subjugation of women, denying them basic human rights. If you educate a woman, she will know her rights and have the confidence and independence to stand up for them.
While sharing the good news of our Lord and Savior we also focus to create a fair and just community. We strives to offer hope to the local church community who have difficulty in accessing basic and higher education, and fights for the rights of the Maasai people particularly women and children in issues such as, female mutilation and forced marriage.



maasa girl.jpgThe following children are in our waiting list. They don’t have sponsors to support them be able to get good education. Please consider praying and support them.Without our help-they will have no chances of improving themselves and communities out of poverty.

Mirriam Ngosila- Secondary level
Mirriam Ngosila was born and raised in the small and remotest village in Narok Kenya. While growing up she lost her father and remained with mother who has no job or any meaningfully way to support her children. We rescued her from circumcision and early marriage. She is discipline and focused. She is committed to work hard and become ambassador in her Maasai village. She wants to champion for the rights of the vulnerable and poor in her community. She can only do this through education.

Salome Wanjiku- Secondary level
Salome was born and raised in Narok town. She grew up and attended local primary school with so many struggles. Her mother is not stable psychologically, emotionally. The mother is mad and often spends night in the streets.  Salome was born in the streets and was abandoned to the street fate. She was rescued by the good Samaritans and enables her to complete her primary school. She performed well and unfortunately her dreams of proceeding for high school are out of reach due to the vulnerability and poverty level in their community.

Mercy Sanaipei Nailantei- Secondary level
Mercy is 14 year old girl born and raised among the Maasai tribe of Kenya. She is from peasant family. The father serves as a church minister in relative small church in Narok Kenya. He serves with no salary. As pastors he struggles to put the food on the table. Mercy performed well in her exams and qualified to join good school. The father struggles to provide for the family. They are poor and live on the edge. Mercy is bright and farsighted girl who has the potential to transform her family and community. She needs sponsorship to be able to actualize her goals and dreams with desire to raise the level of her community. As the first born in her family-her young siblings depend on her.

Maasoi Nchoshoi- Secondary level
Maasoi Nchoshoi is a 14 year old Maasia girl. As young and firstborn among her family- Masoi wants to improve the living condition of her community, something she can only meaningfully do through holistic education. As a Maasai young and determined girl, she has worked so much to overcome poverty and cultural challenges that normally deprives girls and women of opportunity to education.  She grew up with so much poverty around. She walks to school and returns to her village with no hope for tomorrow. Through education she has platform to improve the socio-economic of her family and community.

Benson Karanja
Benson is 15 year old boy from the kikuyu tribe. The family migrated in search for opportunities. Unfortunately he lost the parents as 4 year old boy. He grew up with guardians and relatives often going without food for several days. We enroll him in the primary school and he completed it last year. He performed well and wanted to become doctor someday for his community. This dream is limited as he sees no door to study at local secondary. Benson is gifted and talented fine boy whose future looks so bright. We hope to have him continue with his education.

Mariamu Seenoi Mpoke
Mariamu Mpoke is 16 year old orphan born and raised among the Maasai. She originally came from the maasai in Tanzania. She lost her parents at an early age and she was fortunate to have been adopted by some relatives. Through well well wishers she managed to finish primary school. Without parents she faced many challenges. She was married at early age and was only rescued. Being an orphan and vulnerable makes her open to all negligence and abuse.  She wants to become a teacher someday. At the moment she cant proceed with her secondary education as she doesn’t have sponsor.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The future of Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network

Dear
Immediately after the US election, I wrote the following to friends and colleagues in the US. I thought it might be helpful for you as well:

This has been quite a week. Here in the US, we have been rocked by news of Donald Trump’s election to presidency of the United States. Many of you were also surprised and shocked - I've heard from some of you. We’re all wondering what this means for the US and for the world.

We are also wondering what it means for the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network. It is already clear that the one of the Trump administration’s priorities will be to try to reverse many of the environmental protections that already exist within the United States. More ominously for those outside of this country (which is most of you who are reading this) he intends to back out of the United States' international obligations with regard to climate change. Will this happen? If it does, will other countries stay the course or choose to back out as well? What does it all mean for God's creation? So we are asking ourselves: What does Creation Care look like in the Age of Trump?

As a former pastor, my first response in any crisis – and make no mistake, this is a crisis – is to look to the Bible. On this occasion, I find myself meditating on the experience of one of Israel’s greatest prophets, Isaiah. Isaiah’s account of his call to service begins like this (chapter 6):
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the LORD…
This is more than a calendar notation: King Uzziah (probably one of Isaiah’s relatives) had been a fixture in the political scene of Jerusalem, reigning for more than 52 years. He was a strong, powerful and stable ruler (see II Chronicles 26 for his story), and his death almost certainly brought uncertainty and fear. Isaiah’s response to this event contains some useful lessons for all of us in our time of uncertainty:
Isaiah saw the Lord because he sought the Lord. The great event here, of course, is Isaiah finding himself face to face with the Lord of the Universe, but what interests me is where this happens. We find Isaiah in the temple. Perhaps this was a regular visit for worship, perhaps a special time of quiet devotion because he needed comfort, assurance, certainty, answers. This is where we need to start as we process recent and ongoing political events in our own day. There will be a need for planning, for strategic regrouping, perhaps for marching and protesting. But first, before anything else, go look for God. Find your temple, wait for him to appear.  Feel free to interpret ‘temple’ loosely. My favorite spot to seek the LORD is on a bike and hiking trail…
Isaiah’s encounter with God drives him to humility…  “Woe to me! …I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips.” (v. 5) Few of us came out of this election with much to be proud of, and with Isaiah, humility and confession is necessary before we can move on. This process can take many forms: personal confession of sin or rebellion, examination of motives, asking forgiveness of those we might have treated harshly in the heat of passion. But it springs naturally from our time spent with God.  If we’re going to move on, and we must, we dare not skip this important step.
…and results in a commission, a call to ministry. “Whom shall I send? …here am I. Send me!” (v. 8) These are familiar words and standard missionary fare. I could not count the number of sermons I’ve heard (and quite a few that I’ve preached) on these words. In this context, a crisis that drives us to God will also push us toward action, and this is good and natural. For us at Care of Creation, this means doubling down on our commitment to our mission of calling the church to respond to environmental crises everywhere.
Notice, though, that Isaiah is being called to obedience, but not to results or success. He is to preach to a people who will not listen, offering healing that will not be accepted, and he is to carry on “until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged.” (v. 11) Does this sound familiar? Who wants a ministry like that? Not I. But that is exactly what we’ve been called to. Whether the occupant of the White House is sympathetic or not, whether the church at large understands or not, our task is to continue to proclaim this truth: God loves his creation, and he has given us the task of taking care of it.
In the end, Isaiah’s message was one of hope, not despair. If you are familiar with Isaiah’s entire body of work, you know that gloom and doom was not his entire message. He gives us many beautiful predictions about the coming Messiah (Jesus), as well as glorious portraits of a new earth and new heaven:
See, I will create
   new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
   nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
   in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
   and its people a joy.
I will rejoice over Jerusalem
   and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
   will be heard in it no more… (Isaiah 65:17-19)
This, then, is the tension we face as we work to care for God’s creation in the Trump age, or in any age for that matter. We know that things are falling apart around us. We know that there is very little that we can do to stop the destruction. But we will do what we can now, and persuade as many people as we can now, and weep over the tragedy now, while always keeping our eyes on that final hope that Jesus will return with final and complete and glorious healing, restoration and reconciliation.
One of my friends and colleagues, Lowell Bliss, reminded several of us in an email this week of a quote from one of his favorite authors, Walter Brueggemann:
Jesus’ concern was, finally, for the joy of the kingdom.  That is what he promised and to that he invited people.  But he was clear that the rejoicing in that future required a grieving about the present order.  Jesus takes a quite dialectical two-age view of things.  He will not be like one-world liberals who view the present world as the only one, nor will he be like the unworldly who yearn for the future with an unconcern about the present.  There is work to be done in the present.  There is grief work to be done in the present so that the future may come. . . (1)
So I invite you to join with us in this uncomfortable place – caring for the Garden, weeping for the parts destroyed (Brueggemann’s “grief work”), healing what we can, while keeping our eyes on Jesus and his promises of a final, complete and glorious future, the whole growing out of an ongoing, genuine encounter with God himself. Did I say “uncomfortable”? Yes, but what an exciting adventure, as well!

Thank you for your part in caring for God's creation in your own place and as part of this wonderful world-wide network. Always remember, Presidents come and go - and in the final scheme of things matter not at all (Isaiah 40:23-24); we, on the other hand, we are serving the King of Kings. And he will be victorious!

Blessings,

Ed Brown
Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network