Religion: Is Relief Enough?

Hours after Hurricane Fifi slammed into Honduras, a crew met at a New Windsor, Md., warehouse and assembled 1,000 Ibs. of children's clothing, 3,000 blankets, and enough water-purification tablets and drugs to protect a good-sized city against epidemic. The goods were airlifted at once to Miami, then flown to Honduras.

Such emergency aid, along with a variety of regular relief and economic-development projects, has made Church World Service by far the most popular and best-funded ($9 million a year) program of the National Council of Churches. This fall C.W.S. is for the first time...

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