Creation Stewardship, Food and the Gospel: A Winning Recipe for Holistic Ministry in a Hungry World

EMQ » April–June 2023 » Volume 59 Issue 2

Kenya: Missionaries and church leaders who attended a Farming God’s Way training look at a conventional (left) and FGW (right) onion harvest. The FGW plot yielded 5 times more than the conventional plot. Both plots were planted on the same day. Photo courtesy of Craig Sorley.

Summary: Have we acknowledged that hunger is the single biggest concern for most unreached and under-discipled peoples? Inadequate food impacts people physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Until we address this problem, our other efforts to help communities will not bear abundant fruit.

By Craig Sorley

The world changed dramatically in 2021 and 2022. The war in Ukraine compromised gains in reducing global poverty. The dark cloud of hunger hanging over many parts of the 10/40 window and across the African continent, grew darker. Global environmental degradation continues unabated, undermining the health of our landscapes, our ecosystems, and the beauty of the creation that Christ made (Colossians 1:16). Creation’s pains (Romans 8:22) are becoming more intense.

This cancer grows rapidly, and it is inextricably linked to human suffering. In 2021, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) developed a useful interactive website to highlight global hunger.[1]

Figure 3.1 A Tale of Empty Plates 2021. Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.

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