CMS-Africa and 14 other organisations under the leadership of Lausanne Creation Care Network hosted a week-long conference in Limuru, Kenya, from Monday 18th to Thursday 22nd May. Welcoming the delegates comprised of theologians, church leaders, scientists and creation care practitioners to the conference, Chairman of the Lausanne Creation Care Network, USA Craig Sorley said the objective of the conference was to stimulate a creation care movement across the countries of East and Central Africa as part of a global campaign to start similar movements in other parts of the world. The conference brought together over 150 delegates from 14 different countries including D R Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Sudan, Malawi, England, Australia and the United States America.
Presenting a keynote address on the theme Christian Mandate for the Care of Creation” International Director for CMS Africa, the Rev. Dennis Tongoi said that the Creation-Care has become a new frontier for missions and church ministry. He observed that Christian hope is full, recreated life in the presence and love of God. It is also a totally renewed creation, an integrated new heavens and new earth, and a complete humanness-complete not in and for itself as an isolated entity, but complete in worship and love for God. This cannot be complete without love for one another as humans and stewardship over God’s world. ‘The need for mindset renewal and spreading the wholistic gospel of transformation starting with an individual, churches and the communities is fundamental now than ever before,” says Tongoi.Rev Tongoi suggested that this disparity was down to the kind of Gospel that has been preached in Africa over many years, one which has led many Christians having only half the truth. Integral mission and wholistic discipleship was, he said, key to unlocking the people's thinking for transformation to occur.
The Christian mandate to nurture God’s creation is clearly spelled out in Genesis: Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.“  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."Rev. Tongoi warned that "the Christian hope of resurrection in Christ should give us a view of creation which emphasizes the goodness of God’s world, and God’s intention to renew it. It should give us every possible incentive, or at least every Christian incentive to work for the renewal of God’s creation and for justice within God’s creation."
Participants to the conference were called upon, in dependence on the Holy Spirit, to respond radically and faithfully to care for God’s creation, demonstrating their belief and hope in the transforming power of Christ. “We call on the Lausanne Movement, evangelical leaders, national evangelical organizations, and all local churches in and beyond East and Central Africa to respond urgently at the personal, community, national and international levels,” said Craig Sorley at the close of the conference.“Over 140 delegates were in attendance from different countries in the region. These men and women who have a heart for environmental stewardship were equipped for greater service to God, humanity and nature. They also and met interacted with many who share the same burdens from other countries in the region and the world’ says Karobia Njogu, the Training Manager in CMS-Africa who chaired the planning Committee.
Karobia’s Committee of implementing partners included CMS-Africa, Care of Creation Kenya, and Rural Extension with Africa’s Poor, Membley Baptist Church, A Rocha Kenya, Centre for Environmental Stewardship, Eden Camps and Clubs, Abundant Life Trust, Nutrition Trees Promotion among others.