Christian Aid: To Preach or Not to Preach

Steve Weaver is a Christian aid worker. The Pennsylvania Mennonite is an emergency-management consultant for the Church World Service, with which he will shortly cross the border between Jordan and Iraq. But unlike some of his fellow believers in that great aid caravan, Weaver, 33, will not preach as he goes. "Mixing proselytizing with humanitarian work is not appropriate at any time," he says. And now "it will confirm people's suspicions that this [war] was about Christians vs. Muslims--and the Christians won."

At least two organizations, however, seemed ready to risk that impression. Among those at the border last week were...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!