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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "China: Caesar’s seminary," Jan. 27, 2001

God-given opportunity

Mr. Belz in "Sovereign snicker" and Mr. Olasky in "Relief" point out something that occurred to me during the weeks of election aftermath: Mr. Bush's win was a supernatural event. While many talked about the "will of the people," it was (and always is) ultimately the will of God that was done. I pray that Republicans, humbled by this election outcome, will take advantage of the God-given opportunity that is now theirs to enact measures that will protect the unborn. - Eddie Davis, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Saint of gracious losers

I found convincing evidence of God's "over our shoulder" chuckle in the story of Saint Chad, the sixth-century saint of gracious losers. Chad won the election that made him Bishop of York, but graciously stepped aside when fellow bishops protested that something was out of order in his consecration. The archbishop, impressed by his humility, ordained him to another bishopric. The prayer for his day: "Keep us, we pray, from thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, and ready at all times to step aside for others, in honor preferring one another, that the cause of Christ may be advanced." Who but God could have planted a story about such a man with that name in history? Coincidence? I don't think so. - Ruth Nourse, Grapeland, Texas

Make them better

As a subscriber, a Christian, and a public-school administrator for almost 30 years, I confess that some of your criticism of the public-school system is deserved. I do, however, take issue with comparing U.S. test scores with other nations, and the blame for that resting with public schools ("Average Americans," Dec. 23). In urban schools, student attendance is awful. Kids come to school without proper nutrition or clothing and most don't have solid parenting. Even in our good suburban schools, kids come from homes where TV, movies, and media constantly give them inappropriate messages and take them away from homework. Maybe it's time to get Christians involved in public schools and help to make things better. - Bob Voss, Wixom, Mich.

He makes sense

The critics of C. S. Lewis have a problem ("The lion still roars," Dec. 23). If his methodology is so outdated, why are so many still reading his works? I am not totally persuaded of the soundness of his approach, but he says so many things that are insightful, he should not be ignored. - Craig L. Shoemaker, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Dangerous precedent

Regrettably, your article on World Vision's work in Sudan did not accurately reflect the complete story of our decision not to sign the agreement with the Sudan People's Liberation Army, and the subsequent threats our staff received, which resulted in World Vision being forced to leave those areas controlled by the rebel army ("Out of Africa," Dec. 16). The SPLA's Memorandum of Understanding violated internationally recognized Red Cross protocols designed to ensure aid is delivered to those in need, setting a dangerous precedent for all humanitarian work worldwide. You also implied that World Vision's departure precipitated the bombing of a project run by Samaritan's Purse. There was no such direct link. Rather, the bombing raid by the Khartoum government is further evidence that people in need, along with aid workers, are often targets in Sudan. The fact that humanitarian workers were targeted validates our decision to evacuate our staff for their safety. It seems to us that WORLD's commitment to publicize the plight of Christians in Sudan might be demonstrated more effectively by examining the appalling absence of will by the Clinton administration and other governments to help end the brutal 17-year conflict, rather than criticizing World Vision's 20-year commitment to the people of that war-torn nation. - Richard E. Stearns
Dean R. Hirsch, World Vision
Federal Way, Wash.

Listen

I was a missionary in Sudan and have tried to get people to listen to the cries of suffering Christians in the South. Thank you for choosing Michael Yerko as your "Daniel of the Year" (Dec. 16). I hope Mindy Belz's articles bring more attention to the problem. - Marjorie White, Palmyra, Mo.

Corrections

Evangelist Luis Palau preached in Chiang Mai, Thailand, last year (Dec. 30/Jan. 6, p. 34).

Sabina Wurmbrand was survived by her husband, Voice of the Martyrs founder Richard Wurmbrand (Dec. 30/Jan. 6, p. 54).

The name of the girl on the cover of the Sept. 23, 2000, issue is Christi King. - The Editors

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