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The Restorative Power of Creation


Written by Becky Rosaler on March 25, 2015 in General

Following even minimal winter rains in southern California, hillsides burst forth in jewel tones with emerald green grasses, golden sunflowers, orange poppies, and royal purple lupine. This spring the new growth stands out against the charred black hillsides. It was almost a year ago that it seemed like all of Southern California was on fire. We sat in the office and watched newscasts as fire after fire popped up around San Diego County. Though destruction follows these wildfires, they are necessary for the regeneration of our chaparral ecosystem. Adaptations like deep root systems and seeds require fire’s heat for seasonal regrowth. The burning of old dense growth creates space for new sprouts to send forth their shoots.

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Jean Ramon’s farm on the rocky hills of Fonds-Verrettes, Haiti.

The new growth reminds me of this verse in Revelation: “Behold, I am making all things new.” It may be true that we have to wait for the new heaven and new earth to experience complete renewal, but the prophet Isaiah tells us that the Lord has already started this process:

 

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
The wild animals honor me,
the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.
-Isaiah 43:19-20

 
Environmental Restoration is one of the three key aspects of Plant With Purpose’s program. We saw years ago that by planting trees and structuring farms to mimic nature, soil is revitalized and crop production increases. System upon system such as photosynthesis, the nitrogen cycle, decomposition, the water cycle, and natural filters—each created by a brilliant Creator—are healing the land.

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Lucas and Paslida continue to plant trees on their hillside farm in Tanzania.

Partnering farmers are seeing this restoration in action. Trees on Jean Ramon’s property allows for an oasis to stand admits the barren rocky hillsides of Haiti. Lucas and Paslida in Tanzania recently shared, “In the past the stream here was dry and we had no way to get water. We have seen rains return and the land become more fruitful. Now the stream runs year-round and the land has been protected.”

We invite you to join this restorative work. One week from today, we will launch a new monthly sponsorship program focused on environmental restoration. One week from today, you’ll be invited to further engage in this work to make all things new. Stay tuned, and consider being part of the movement.


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