One of the reasons for the House of Bishops to travel to a place like Quito is to learn about the country we visit. Today we listened to four individuals who are experts in their county about migration, international debt and climate issues. They work with many churches in helping those who are poor to deal with the problems they encounter as they deal with these issues. In the afternoon they were all together on a panel. As you might suspect the challenges are greater than the resources available to solve the problems.
I am struck by how challenging the problems are and how intertwined. Oil production uses chemicals that are also a part of illegal drug traffic. The military presence stresses the resources of a community to support their presence. The forests suffer when oil is extracted. It is easy to be overwhelmed. However, the good news is that groups continue to fight for the rights of indigenous people and for the use of better ways to manage oil production.
There is much to do and we have been asked to be aware of these issues and to make these issues our issues. There is one world, God’s world, and we are stewards in it. What might we do to be a part of the conversation?