Churches: A Call to Suffering

In one of Saigon's toughest slums, near the city's docks and up a narrow alley past teeming soup stalls, Mr. and Mrs. Neil Brenden of Minneapolis operate a center for teaching sewing and other skills to teen-age girls, a day nursery for children of working mothers, a Boy Scout troop among urchins. The Brendens, both Lutherans, arrived in Saigon last year under the auspices of Viet Nam Christian Service, a relief agency jointly sponsored by Lutheran World Relief, Church World Service, and Mennonites. The couple symbolizes the largely unsung efforts by U.S. churches to respond—as they have done in...

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