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In touch with nature

To be a Christian means caring for God's earth

Andrew West always loved nature, but a pair of books helped forge a belief that being a Christian means caring for God’s gift of earth.

Doug Holloway <BR><BR>In his life and
In his life and work, Andrew West promotes the view that being a Christian involves protecting the earth.
West, a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marion, Ill., has lived that edict for more than 30 years, first as an employee of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, then with the U.S. Forest Service, and now as part of the Missouri Department of Conservation, managing two wetland areas.

“I always had a love for nature and the outdoors, [which I got] from my parents and from when my older cousin would take me hunting and fishing,” said West, who grew up in Illinois. “And I realize, looking back, that these people in my life were faithful Christians who showed great appreciation and respect for the land.”


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