Eight representatives of the Christian Reformed Church are currently in Kenya in East Africa as part of a 10-day “We Have Faith” Environmental Expedition tour whose goal is to see firsthand the effects of deteriorating environments and climate change.

Sponsored by World Renew and the CRC’s Global Volunteer Program, the tour arises out of a mandate by the CRC’s synod, calling on the church to address climate change and other concerns.

While in Kenya, expedition members will meet with World Renew representatives and others.

“This is an expedition of faith. We believe that by looking at what is happening on the ground and listening carefully to farmers, theologians, thinkers and scientists we will more deeply understand and trust the way forward,” says one of the tour blogs describing where expedition members have gone, with whom they have met and offering reflections on what they had seen.

“We expect this expedition to be remarkable and memorable – and useful for the larger task of building knowledge and will in the CRC and even the larger religious community in the US and Canada.”

Peter Vander Meulen, coordinator of the CRC's Office of Social Justice, says in his blog that he is part of the expedition in order to, along with the others, see “ for ourselves what’s happening to these critical elements of God’s creation in Kenya.

“What are the effects of a degrading environment and warming climate on Kenyan agriculture – on its food supply in particular?  And what is happening to its people – especially those who are living on the edge?”