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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Do the math," Nov. 7, 2009

Pray, share, engage

Regarding "Aid dependents" (Sept. 26): World Relief is grateful for funding that the United States government has made available to fight global poverty, reduce child mortality, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and assist the transition of State Department--invited refugees as they replant their lives here in the United States. We are inviting the North American church to pray for the world's most vulnerable people, to share resources generously, and to engage with the suffering in the world-whether across the ocean or in our own backyard-in real and deep ways.
-Sammy T. Mah, President/CEO, World Relief; Baltimore, Md.

Just icky

Bruce Hornsby's mean jab at disabled people ("Bruce goes berserk," Sept. 26) can only be described as icky. Is it hateful contempt of God's love in general or simply a really ugly heart?
-Mike Inwards; Pelican Rapids, Minn.

Not buying it

I was deeply disappointed in the section of "No excuses" (Sept. 26) praising an Islamic school. Having lived as a missionary in an Islamic country, I am not taken in by the claim that they seek peace and religious understanding. Muslims want to use our liberty to take over little by little.
-Priscilla Weese; Wheaton, Ill.

Lost nothing

I read Alisa Harris' essay ("Social insecurity," Sept. 12) with interest and resonated with some of her feelings. Like her, I have struggled with how to begin and end conversations, and I seem to have missed out on a couple of decades of cultural experiences. But I went to public school and I think I learned about half of what I could have learned in a more vigorous environment. She lost nothing being a homeschool pioneer.
-Brian Schwartz; Tigard, Ore.

I question whether homeschooling is really the cause of Harris' insecurity. When a classroom child cops an attitude, we shrug and say, "Well, kids are like that," but when a homeschooled child hits a social glitch, we say, "Well, he was homeschooled, you know." Would that we said, of the young person who resents authority, "Well, his education was farmed out to an institution, you know," and of the one awkward around the opposite gender, "Well, kids are like that."
-Holly Emmert; Houghton, Mich.

Best and worst

My heartfelt thanks to Rob Koons and Marvin Olasky ("The purge," Sept. 12). I am a relatively recent University of Texas alumnus and some of my fondest memories and most engaging experiences happened in their classrooms. I have met a number of students who have found that Koons' conclusions about the faculty-centric, "uncurriculum" design of the university apply far beyond the liberal arts and communications colleges. At UT I saw the best and the worst of higher education, and even that polarization taught me something. Perhaps this article will find an advocate who can reignite this fight.
-J. Taylor; San Marcos, Texas

If only

My wife, who remained home during my one-year mission to Tanzania, forwards issues of WORLD to me. Today I read with tears Olasky's "Is social justice just ice?" (Aug. 29), which notes that "Christianity emphasizes bonding into a relationship with Jesus." This week I begin meeting with Muslims who have befriended me and I want them to know the relationship they can have if only they will seek the truth.
-Steve Hart; Babati, Tanzania

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