Insulting the hungry

A Jan. 18 posting from the team in Indonesia says the country’s devastated Aceh Province is “ripe for Jesus!!”
“What an opportunity,” it adds. “It has been closed for five years, and the missionaries in Indonesia consider it the most militant and difficult place for ministry. The door is wide open and the people are hungry.”
The Rev. Jimmy Seibert, the senior pastor of the Waco church, said in a telephone interview that the church would evaluate whether the group’s members should identify themselves as aid workers. But he said the church believes missionary work and aid work “is one thing, not two separate things.” [Mix of Quake Aid and Preaching Stirs Concern]

It is not just in Indonesia, the vultures are roaming around in India and Sri Lanka harvesting souls for true liberation. Suman Kumar and Patrix too have some thoughts on this subject
Some of the nuns working in tsunami affected areas in India were so moved by the state of the hungry people that they showered them with compassion

Jubilant at seeing the relief trucks loaded with food, clothes and the much-needed medicines the villagers, many of who have not had a square meal in days, were shocked when the nuns asked them to convert before distributing biscuits and water.
Heated arguments broke out as the locals forcibly tried to stop the relief trucks from leaving. The missionaries, who rushed into their cars on seeing television reporters and the cameras refusing to comment on the incident and managed to leave the village.[Villagers furious with Christian Missionaries]

I wonder if these missionaries have read Matthew:15 where he tells the parable of Jesus feeding the hungry with few loafs of bread and fish. He did not ask them to give them a notarized document before handing them food.

3 thoughts on “Insulting the hungry

  1. The interesting line from the article was the last one: “The incident is an exception to concerted charity in a catastrophe that has left no one untouched.(ANI)”
    Exception, eh?
    –Das

  2. Unfortunately, the NY Times article about the missionaries from Antioch Community Church had several errors, misquotes and half-truths and now it’s been blown out of proportion. Nobody from Antioch is forcing people into anything, and none of those guys are telling people they must become Christians in order to get aid.

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