We are all so excited as we draw closer to our VBS weeks: 24 July – 4 August!
God created the earth and put Man and Woman to keep and manage all of it. We would like to emphasize this message and bring young ones to an understanding that it is our responsibility to keep a clean and safe environment for us all and for our children in the future.
In Africa tons of waste is produced everyday but in most places nothing is done to properly manage it. Modernization is not helping either! Now Congolese women want to use disposable diapers for their newborns! While this is taken for granted in the developed world, it is relatively new in DR Congo and presents a huge waste issue.
Like most African cities, waste management is a huge issue in Bukavu. We need to do something about it! (Bukavu’s population is near 900,000.)
Future Hope Africa is building a project to educate families on this matter; first, by teaching about producing the least waste possible to reduce what needs to be handled. Then teaching about finding the best solutions to dispose of the produced waste.
To begin to solve the problem in Bukavu we need a long-term strategy, funding, and your prayers. But even with limited resources, to start a change process we know that we have to take action with what we at hand. It is an OVERWHELMING task!
So, we chose to start with this year’s VBS. We are expecting 200 young people; 35 of the older youth will be trained to teach the younger ones. This will be one step, one heart, at a time as we teach Biblical responsibilities of taking care of our community’s environment.
GOD wants His people to live in a safe and clean place, and the Bible has many verses that talk about this issue. During ten days, we will be exploring these Scriptures with our children, and bring them to an understanding that a good leader must take care of his/her environment.
Young Leader called to protect:
- My environment – wherever I am: Numbers 35:34 You shall not pollute the land in which you live … You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”
- My room – Genesis 2:15: The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
- My house – Psalms 24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.
- My school – Revelation 4:11 Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.
- My street – Jeremiah 2:7 And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination.
- My avenue – Ezekiel 34:18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet?
- My quarter – Jeremiah 32:17 ‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.
- My town – Jeremiah 23:1-40 “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord … Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds … Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will set shepherds over them who will care for them … .
- My city – Jeremiah 29:7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.
- My country – Deuteronomy 11:12 A land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
We will use crafts, music and discussions to show the youth the problems of environmental abuse and teaching Biblical responsibilities. Each day will be closed with positive actions for the participants to apply and teach others. FHA is leading the way in Bukavu. This program will be further integrated into local schools this fall.
Nabintu Mujambere – Director of FHA’s Kanega Education Center, Bukavu, DRC
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