Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst yearns to see peace and justice embrace in the beautiful and broken world we call home. A wife of one and mother of many, theologian, missiologist, educator, and story-teller, she has been involved in leadership development and theological education for integral mission in her native Latin America for several decades.
She works with the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (CETI), a learning community with students across Latin America. She coordinates the Networking Team of INFEMIT (International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation), collaborates with Resonate Global Mission, and serves on the board of Arocha and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. She lives with her husband, James, in Costa Rica as a member of Casa Adobe, an intentional Christian Community with deep concern for right living in relation to the whole of creation. Ruth is committed to a gospel of reconciliation with God, people, and all of creation that is as holistic as it is thoughtful.
Steven Spicer and Paul Dzubinski host this edition of the Creation Care Missions Podcast. Click on "Read More" below for the full text of talk that Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst gave at the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference.
Frontier Ventures is pleased to host the Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission conference in Pasadena, California on Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7, 2018
Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission is a 2-day event exploring the Gospel of the Kingdom at the intersection of environmental stewardship and ministry among the unreached peoples of the world. This event is designed to equip and inspire you in your environmental stewardship.
The gathering is for students, people concerned about the environment, practitioners of environmental stewardship, field missionaries, pastors, organizational leaders, and influencers.
Today, environmental crises and concerns are impacting the way we live in society and think about our future. Though environmental concerns have gained increasing prominence in mainstream politics and media in the West, these issues are global in nature and carry far reaching implications for all peoples. More than ever, the practical needs and the spiritual destinies of the world’s remaining unreached peoples are intersecting with environmental concerns—an opportunity to see God’s redemptive purposes fulfilled among those who need it most.
Creation care is not about political agendas or add-on activities to evangelical mission. The call to steward God’s creation is a complex and multifaceted one, pointing us toward a recapturing of our original mandate as stewards of creation—laboring with Christ over creation and over the souls living in it. Creation care can be the catalyst to release a powerful witness of God’s heart among the nations.
Bradley Holt, in his book Thirst for God, says, “it is the duty of Christians today to care for the earth and to integrate this care into their spirituality.” This reflects Psalm 104 when it says, “All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.” And “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.” (104:27-27; 33-34)
This spiritual responsibility we have when brought together with the realization that nations like India where the population of evangelicals is approximately 2.2% also have severe pollution issues. The newspaper The Hindu reported in January of this year that “India is among the bottom five countries on the Environmental Performance Index 2018” and that deaths related to air pollution have “risen over the past decade and are estimated at 1,640,113 annually in India.”
The conference, Creation Care at the Frontiers of Mission, will talk about the meeting of our spiritual responsibility and the environmental need at the borders of world Christianity. At the conference people will experience world-class key-note presentations from pioneers of environmental mission, thought leaders, and practitioners. Participate in interactive workshops and breakout sessions. Connect with real-world opportunities to get involved.
They will discover the Biblical basis of environmental mission and your role as a steward of God’s creation.
They will learn about the real-world practice of environmental missions and the incredible potential for impact that it’s already having.
They will gain practical tips on how you can begin stewarding creation in your local church, field of ministry, and at home.
Keynote speakers at the conference are:
Ed Brown, Director and CEO of Care of Creation, and Lausanne Catalyst for Creation Care for the Lausanne Movement. Author, Our Father’s World and Heaven and Nature Sing.
Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Provost of the Centro de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios, leading voice globally on integral and urban ministry. She is co-author of Mission as Transformation
Katharine Hayhoe, Atmospheric Scientist and Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University, where she is Director of the Climate Science Center. Author, A Climate for Change.
Peter Harris, Co-founder A Rocha International, The A Rocha story is told in Peter’s first two books: Under the Bright Wings (Regent College Publishing, 2000), and Kingfisher’s Fire (Monarch, 2008).
Lowell Bliss, Director of Eden Vigil, and the author of Environmental Missions: Planting Churches and Trees.
Frontier Ventures invites you to join then on April 6 and 7 in Pasadena for this incredible event. Please see the website they created for the conference www.CreationCareMissions.org for registration and further details.
Paul is the Director of Innovation at Frontier Ventures and is highly committed to the cause of Creation Care among the least reached people.