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Creation Stewards: Haw River Clean Up February 21, 2019

I knew the Lord was speaking to me when every time I opened the Bible the word “water” was staring me in the face. This happened after I began praying and seeking answers from God when my very athletic and healthy mother began experiencing strange health symptoms. After much research, I discovered that where she had lived in New England was also home to an old metallurgical plant that had been dumping waste into the ground for years. The years of dumping eventually ended up tainting the area water supply. I talked my mom into getting tested, and sure enough, her tests revealed her body was filled with lead, cadmium and metal solvents…exactly what I had learned had been dumped near her neighborhood that had affected her water.

My mother eventually succumbed to the severity of her symptoms and passed away in 2015. During her years of suffering, I promised her that her suffering would not be in vain. I continued to seek God for answers through His Word. Ever since then, I feel He has revealed to me how important it is for us to take care of this earth He has blessed us with. His earth sustains us, provides water for life, provides food for healthy living (and even healing). I have been floored with how full the Bible is of verses that pertain to the beauty of his creation, His earth…yes, our environment. He speaks to us not only through His Word, but through creation as well. So why is it that we as Christians are not taking a more central role in caring for it? Genesis 1:26 says we are made in God’s image and we are to have “dominion” or to “rule” over the earth. It is obvious that God has called us to be good stewards and to manage wisely this creation He has blessed us with.

“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” Psalm 24:1–2

 

Creation Stewards is a service group at Westover that meets together to help care for God’s earth in and around Guilford County. Our Lord calls us to be good stewards of the earth. (Genesis 1:26, 28; I Corinthians 4:1–2)

He chose to reveal himself not only through His Word, but through His creation as well. (Romans 1:20, Isaiah 55:12–13, Revelation 11:18)

We serve with other groups in the area at least once per quarter. Creation Stewards is open to all ages.

Our first outing will be with the Haw River Assembly on Saturday, March 16, 2019. We will be helping pick up litter from 2:00–4:00pm along the roadsides near the Haw River. Trash (plastic bottles, etc.) makes its way into rivers from the roadsides which eventually ends up in our oceans. (Some predict that by the year 2025, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish!)

Since this outing will be picking up trash along the road, this particular project may not be suited for small children.

If you are interested in helping with our outing or learning more about Creation Stewards, please send an email to: sharoncneely@gmail.com

 

Click here to learn more about Creation Stewards.

 

Here is a link to the Haw River Clean Up on March 16th. We hope you can join us!

https://www.ncparks.gov/haw-river-state-park/events-and-programs/haw-river-clean-thon