As we complete our current program year, the Climate Witness Project is approaching our goal of 115 congregations with 3 or more Partners. In the last year, we have added churches in Alberta, Colorado, Michigan, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Washington State - places we expected to add churches a year ago. But our most recent CWP is in a location we did not anticipate: Solai, Kenya!
We became friends with the Holistic Mission for All Nations Church in May, when 7 visitors from North America travelled to Kenya and Uganda with the East Africa Boot Camp to see first-hand the impact of climate change on our brothers and sisters in those countries. We are thrilled to welcome 15 new partners from that church along with their pastor, Isaac Jivedi.
Most of the 300+ members of the church are subsistence farmers. They shared with us the extreme challenges they are facing as weather patterns have become unreliable, with annual rainy seasons having been replaced by cycles of drought and flood, and new pests (like the Fall Armyworm) invading their fields. They also told us about the principles of Conservation Agriculture that they are applying to adapt and about the work they are doing to reforest their area.
Now that we are friends with Pastor Isaac and his church, we plan to share periodic updates with you. We hope to soon have a similar relationship with a church in the Soroti region of Uganda.