A Rocha UK is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world and committed to mobilising Christians and churches in the UK to care for the environment. A Rocha International also works on a much wider scale across the globe on projects seeking to help those suffering the most from human induced climate change.
Those of you who came to café church last September will remember Jeremy Lindsell (Director of Science and Conservation for A Rocha) speaking challengingly on the Christian duty of care for the environment. A Rocha works to encourage and promote creation care within churches, and since last year we have been partnering with them and changing some aspects of how church is run. You may have noticed the new reusable cups introduced before lockdown, instead of environment damaging single use cups.
Even over the past months we have seen evidence around us of climate change, from the boiling hot weeks and the ongoing rumble of thunderstorms. We are in a climate crisis and one that cannot be ignored. A Rocha UK and A Rocha International works to combat this and care for the world as we have been instructed.
‘Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth.”’ – Genesis 9:8-10
For the new Executive Director Simon Stuart replacing Chris Naylor who died in a tragic car accident last October. Pray for him as he starts in this role later this year that he may be filled with the Holy Spirit, is faithful to God and granted wisdom for what is a complex role. And pray for the A Rocha family as we move ahead into a new era whilst still grieving greatly over the loss of Chris, Susanna and Miranda.
Many A Rocha national organisations have been deeply affected by the changes brought about by COVID-19. Some have lost important sources of income; others have lost their volunteers and others have experienced other forms of insecurity. Pray for them in their struggles and give thanks for the teams who have been able to adapt their work to serve the communities in new ways. And pray for those who have struggled, that they would be able to trust God in the uncertainty. Our brothers and sisters in Lebanon have been especially hard hit by the recent dreadful explosion.
Even while we have been locked down the challenges that they seek to address have continued and, in some cases, have escalated. Please pray for the places where they are working that they may be effective in bringing change for the better, that lives will be transformed, and that creation will flourish. And pray too that we as a society will learn lessons from the recent months about the importance of nature in people's lives, the impact of our way of life on the planet, and the possibility of transformational change in the way we live for the better of all that God has made.