Saturday, February 22
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Sowing hope. This was the vision that brought together 200 young people in January 2013 for the sixth International Congress of Young Environmentalists (CIJA). As we gathered in Peru, I saw young people radiate hope for a just and peaceful future. Rooted in their common faith in Jesus, youth from Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Canada, and the United States shared their hope for a better world.
Participants emphasized that the ecological disasters that plague our planet are rooted in a model of development that promotes unlimited consumption and divides the world into a very few haves and a vast multitude of have-nots.
We agreed that faithfulness to the gospel demands that we think in new ways. We must cultivate a spirituality that celebrates God as Creator and Lord of all. We must heed the wisdom of indigenous people and learn from their practice of self-sufficiency. We must learn to value all of life and question wastefulness and extravagance.
These Christian youth remind us that these times call on us to rethink traditional understandings of Christian stewardship and demand a certain sobriety. But they also remind us that God is not dour; the Spirit energizes us through music and dance, tenderness and beauty. All these are gifts of God’s grace poured out in our midst.
—Pastor Manuel Gajardo, vice moderator, Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Chile
Let us join in prayer for:
Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Chile (IEPC): Rev. Dr. Jorge Cárdenas Brito, moderator, Jacqueline Troncoso, executive secretary • Evangelical Theological Community of Chile: Rev. Dr. Daniel Godoy, rector • Presbyterian Ministry to the Roma: Rev. Carlos Hernandez, coordinator
Presbytery of the Pines, with the IEPC
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for the splendor of creation, the miracle of life, and the mystery of love. Thank you also for tasks that demand our best effort and the fullness of our creative energy and for granting us the satisfaction of seeing your Spirit work in our midst. Amen.