Fifteen months have passed since my ministry at A Rocha began. It was indeed an amazing year with new job, new routines, and steep learning curves, giving me numerous first-hand experiences of the Lord’s grace, guidance, and timely provisions.
Many friends, who once knew that I have been busy travelling frequently for work between Vancouver and Toronto, and lately to Asia, often asked me, “What are you really doing at A Rocha?” “What are these Multicultural Programs all about?” “Are you simply talking to people or actually working on some concrete environmental projects?”
In short, yes, I do talking, lots of them!
Since last September, I have met over sixty pastors, church leaders, ministry organizations’ leaders, and theological educators, representing at least thirty Christian congregations, ministries, and theological schools in Vancouver and Toronto. I met them in various settings: at their offices, over lunch or coffee times, or at conferences and exhibitions; there I explained to them what creation care (or Christian thoughts and actions in environmental care) is, and introduced the works of A Rocha in Canada and around the world.
Because of these conversations and connections, I was invited to preach or teach …
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The Joyful Environmentalists, a CT interview (with Chinese translation)
Sep 05 2011
In June 2011, Christianity Today magazine featured Peter Harris, co-founder of A Rocha, and Eugene Peterson, the renowned pastor and author, in an interview article, The Joyful Environmentalists(click to read the original at the Christianity Today website). In that interview, these two long-time friends revealed a great deal of their deep thoughts on the current state of contemporary environmental movements and the different approach of Christians who are also deeply concerned about the ecological degradation of our time.
Now a team of Chinese speaking volunteer, intern, and staff at A Rocha Canada has managed to translate this insightful article into Chinese, also just in time for a major global Chinese Christian conference (the 8th CCOWE, a Lausanne movement related event, in Bali, Indonesia, Sept. 12-17, 2011), in which A Rocha International will be represented by a team with an exhibition booth, and featured in a 90 minute Special Ministry Presentation.
Here is an excerpt of the Chinese translation (in Traditional version 繁體字版), translated and used by permission:
For the full article in Chinese, please scroll down to the end of this excerpt and download the respective pdf files (Traditional and Simplified versions 繁體字版及简体字版).
專訪：尤金‧彼德生和彼德‧哈里斯 (English original: “The Joyful Environmentalists”, Christianity Today, June 2011, p.30-2; by Andy Crouch)
Remembering a devoted supporter of A Rocha, and more importantly, a great servant of God and a blessing to a multitude of people around the world.
A couple of days ago, we learned that Rev Dr John R.W. Stott went to be with the Lord, at the age of 90.
We celebrate the life and legacy of this renowned pastor, theologian, and prolific writer. Here at A Rocha we have a very special connection with Dr. Stott, or Uncle John as many would call him. Our international colleagues put this relationship well:
“John passed away, on 27 July, at the age of ninety.
In A Rocha we remember John with great joy and gratitude. When Peter Harris approached John, in the early days of A Rocha, and asked for his support, John insisted that he wanted to be deeply and personally involved – which he was, for the rest of his long life. John was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable birdwatcher and a skilful photographer, who was frequently re-energised, on his worldwide preaching and teaching tours, by a day spent in the field. He was on our Council of Reference, attended supporters’ events, contributed to our videos and was the keynote speaker at our Leaders Forum, in Portugal, in 2003.
But perhaps even more important, for a Rocha, was John’s conviction, clearly articulated in his preaching and writing, that God has given human beings the responsibility to care for the earth on his behalf. When our work began at a field study centre in Portugal, many evangelicals were puzzled by the concept of Christians committing their lives to the study of nature and the protection of threatened habitats. John understood. We have a lost a wonderful friend whose support and encouragement was hugely important to us all. His simple lifestyle, the sheer integrity of his way of living and his clear teaching on all aspects of discipleship inspired many of us, and will continue to do so. We rejoice that after the frustrations of increasing frailty, and considerable pain and suffering, he is now at home with the Lord whom he loved and served so well.” (http://www.arocha.org/int-en/news/top-stories/11313-DSY.html) Small image: John in his study at The Hookses, his much-loved home in Wales, in 2005. Photo: Melissa Ong
In his final published work, The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling (InterVarsity Press, 2010), he emphasized yet again that caring for God’s creation is one of these urgently needed Christian callings to be reclaimed, and his fondness for the works and people of A Rocha was very evident.
Besides the important contributions and tremendous influences of Dr. Stott in the Christian world – evangelicals in particular – which even major secular presses noted (New York Times, BBC, etc.), many have shared the ways Dr. Stott had shaped their lives, faith, and ministries. Certainly I am one of them, as I have been influenced heavily, among many other things, by his insistence on “holding” (figuratively, of course!) the Bible in one hand and the newspapers in another while preparing sermons (Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today, Eerdmans, 1982).
Good bye, Uncle John, for now! We will see you again in the New Heaven and New Earth, along with the many people – and of course birds – you loved so much!!!