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Reaching the poor without the Gospel?

Heaven forbid missionaries should try to actually convert people when they help the poor in other nations!

(That was sarcasm.)  Here’s the story from The Church Report:

US Official: Some Nations Wary of Christian Missionaries

WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says many foreign nations are concerned that Christian missionaries are seeking converts as well as providing humanitarian aid.

Susan Hayward, a program director at the U.S. Institute of Peace, moderated a State Department panel discussion Monday on “Religion, Violence and Coexistence.”

She said that when the institute and the State Department promote international religious freedom, Muslim nations and others object that some Christian missionaries are using their relief work to proselytize.

That can be illegal in nations that define religious freedom as the right to practice one’s faith, but not change it or try to convert others.

Hayward said Christian groups are often accused of “tying conversion to development and humanitarian assistance.”

The panel discussion was held to coincide with this week’s International Religious Freedom Day on Oct. 27.


One Response to “Reaching the poor without the Gospel?”

  1. waffles #

    you guys are just trying to win people over with money….thats why

    October 30, 2012 at 5:34 PM