Creation Care: An Essential Component of Integral Mission

EMQ » April–June 2023 » Volume 59 Issue 2

India: A farmer plants a tree. Photo courtesy of EFICOR.

Summary: The Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR) started as an effort to respond to disasters, often in partnership with mission agencies and churches. However, as needs to provide relief increased, EFICOR developed a three-pronged approach (church, community, collaboration) to our response based on a broader understanding of mission, known as integral mission. Training in and advocacy for creation care has been part of this.

By Kuki Rokhum and Joylin Niruba

“Things have changed. It has become much hotter,” explained a participant in a recent creation care workshop in India. “We no longer know when it will rain. The streams have dried up. The forests have been replaced by roads and instead of trees there are concrete jungles.”

We often hear statements just like this when we visit communities or get feedback from people attending the creation care workshops that we conduct in different parts of India.As the Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR), we have experienced and are responding to the challenges caused by our ever-degrading environment and changing climate.

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