Letters: Jan. 17, 1983

Missionary Zeal

To the Editors:

Your story on the new missionary [Dec. 27] alters the stereotype of the pith-helmeted, culturally insensitive missionary and captures the complexity and diversity of the Christian missions today. The missionary may have changed; God's message has not.

Alan B. MacDonald

Huntington Beach, Calif.

As the daughter of missionaries, I found your story neither rosy nor harsh. The threat of cultural destruction has always been a concern of informed and tolerant missionaries. Problems arise when the occasional incompetent is prone to ignorance, stubbornness and shortsightedness.

Vivian Beall


Thank you for emphasizing a powerful force for good. There is hope yet.

(Mrs.) Myrna M....

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