Saturday, February 27, 2010

A pop quiz: What’s the largest U.S.-based international relief and development organization?

Did not see this coming...NYTIMES: Nicolas Kristof: Learning From the Sin of Sodom...A MUST READ!!

It’s not Save the Children, and it’s not CARE — both terrific secular organizations. Rather, it’s World Vision, a Seattle-based Christian organization (with strong evangelical roots) whose budget has roughly tripled over the last decade. World Vision now has 40,000 staff members in nearly 100 countries. That’s more staff members than CARE, Save the Children and the worldwide operations of the United States Agency for International Development — combined.

For most of the last century, save-the-worlders were primarily Democrats and liberals. In contrast, many Republicans and religious conservatives denounced government aid programs, with Senator Jesse Helms calling them “money down a rat hole.” Over the last decade, however, that divide has dissolved, in ways that many Americans haven’t noticed or appreciated. Evangelicals have become the new internationalists, pushing successfully for new American programs against AIDS and malaria, and doing superb work on issues from human trafficking in India to mass rape in Congo.
Finally, recognition for the 10's of thousands (maybe 100's??) of missionaries who do great works for the world's poor and dont seek fame and fortune...There certainly are exceptions where bad things have happened as the result of missionary actions, but they are so small/miniscule relative to the good that is done ON A DAILY BASIS...Too bad the media in general and many/most  "progressives" cannot bring  themselves to acknowledge it. World would be a better place for it...
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