Last week I was with another TEAM missionary in Mexico and a short-term couple. This couple was checking out the many creation care activities that we do in La Paz. So we joined a group of people and another organization for a clean-up of one of the the mangrove beach areas.
People leave so much trash behind them at the beaches after spending the day there, and it accumulates quickly when no one is picking up after them! There likely weren’t any other Jesus followers there with us, and the main organizer is very antagonistic toward Christianity. However, because we also care for God’s creation and about the people living there, we continue working with these people to share the love of Christ with them, and we work to bring God’s creation to a point of flourishing. But that takes work! So we spent the morning cleaning up tiny pieces of plastic, bottle caps, toilet paper, broken glass from beer bottles, and other items. When we were done, we had over 10 bags of trash!
One of the neat things at the end of the clean-up was that the main organizer told us “You did a great job guys! When we got here at 9 am there was trash everywhere; now, you have to actually look for trash!”
These are the kind of comments we hope to get from non-Jesus followers, especially the ones who are antagonistic toward us. We want them to see that we actually care about God’s Creation, and through it be able to start conversations, which ultimately lead to Jesus.
How about you--what are you doing to start conversations about Jesus?
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