weekly reflections

When Disaster Strikes:  The Intersection of Environment and Migration

A perfect storm can wipe out fishing, agriculture, and logging, which are the only livelihoods for many. Without a home or a livelihood, vulnerable people are forced to migrate, either internally or externally. Many end up living in city slums or displaced persons’ camps where the standard of living push them deeper into poverty and into health risks.

The Children’s Kingdom

My call to missionary discipleship compelled me to march that day for all children and affirm their right to the kingdom of God. While marching, I imagined Jesus from the story in the Gospel of Luke, welcoming all children and tending to the wounds they suffer as victims of physical, political, psychological, or sexual abuse.

Repairing the Covenant We’ve Broken

Disregard for the duty to cultivate and maintain a proper relationship with my neighbor, for whose care and custody I am responsible, ruins my relationship with my own self, with the other, with God, and with the earth. When all these relationships are neglected, when justice no longer dwells in the land, the Bible tell us that life itself is endangered.