DIOCESE OF MPUMALANGA TACKLES AIR POLLUTION
The Anglican Youth of Mpumalanga Diocese celebrated national youth month by hosting a Diocesan youth conference at Holy Cross Kwanyamazani. The weekend saw over 150 young people from across the diocese coming together to share time in fellowship and prayer.
One of the significate moments was planting of a litchi tree by the Diocesan Bishop, Bishop Kgomosotho, during this moment the Bishop shared three key points with the youth;
- It is from the roots where the tree gains it’s strength and power, and so should we as young people be rooted in Christ as He is the source of live.
- In planting a fruit tree we are expecting that one day we shall enjoy it’s nice litchi fruit, so should we be like the tree and be productive in producing the fruits of life which people can come to for spiritual thirst.
- Lastly let us be like the words from psalm 1:3 “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
The youth later during the day the conference went on a debate using the new Care for Creation Youth manual, the house was divided into four groups under the topic “opening a new coal mine”. (Parents, Coal unions, Environmentalists and unemployed people)
This showed that young people are aware of how bad the situation around air pollution is in their area and are really seeking ways in which they can compact these without having the risk of no jobs in their local communities. The young people were trained to use the manual back in their churches
The weekend closed off with the Gala dinner under the theme of gold and black.
Photo credit – Basetsana.