In Burkina Faso, another devastating drought has taken hold. These extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe due to the climate crisis. And they are putting everyone at risk. But the church has the teaching to help turn the tide.
Pastor Traore lives with his wife and three children in a town in the west of Burkina Faso. He’s been leading a church for 11 years and is noticing the difference that the climate crisis is making on his community.
Rivers are drying up. There are fewer plants and animals. Once fertile land is becoming unfarmable. And it’s leaving desperate hunger in its wake.
Caring for creation together
Throu`gh the support of our local partner, CREDO, Pastor Traore is running Bible studies in his church to help his congregation understand God’s purpose for creation – and for themselves.
‘As creator, when God created, he put everything in place before placing man in the garden,’ explains Pastor Traore. ‘And he even ordered man to cultivate the garden. What does cultivating mean? Maintain it. So, if we have forgotten that... we are going to do the opposite of what God asks of us.
‘We have to be the ones to protect the environment... Even if the world ends tomorrow, I want to plant a tree today.’