From the Philippines: Planting Global Ministry

Saturday, May 18

5.18By Andrew Bolton, Council of Twelve Apostles

…the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of the earth to be agents unto themselves.

—Doctrine and Covenants 101:2f, adapted

Most people don’t realize how a simple task such as planting a tree can become a global ministry. But sowing good seed makes a positive impact. Trees reforest stripped hillsides that suffer from soil erosion. Trees provide firewood and fruit. And, most importantly, they lessen carbon dioxide, slowing global warming.

This process is so important to the Philippines that the Southeast Asia Mission Center Conference passed a resolution calling on church members to be more environmentally conscious. The resolution began a tree-planting project led by Chito Magabilin, a full-time Community of Christ minister.

In what is now a communal effort that includes churches, parents, school, and neighbors, Chito teaches how to grow the trees, including mahogany and mango, in small outdoor pots. The Philippine Department of Natural Resources recently provided land for the project. Chito’s group planted almost 7,000 trees. It is powerful to witness participants’ enthusiasm! Your world mission tithes sow good seeds. Thank you for responding so generously.

Prayer for Peace
Creator God, thank you for the miracle of tiny seeds. Bless the planting we do and let it multiply throughout the Earth. May the soil provide nutrients to the trees and the trees provide support to the soil. May we know we are blessed to be a blessing.

Spiritual Practice: Trees
Watch the trees outside your window for a few moments. Close your eyes and meditate on Alma’s words about seeds and trees. If you were to plant and grow the Word of God in your heart, what kind of tree might symbolically represent this process? Envision a seed as it grows into a tree of life and blessing. Ask God to show you how to begin (see Alma 16:152–173).

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will participate gently in your great circle of life, leaving a small footprint on your Earth.

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