I've been a public high-school teacher in L.A. for 15 years ["School Choice of a Different Kind," April]. My three kids went to public school and are highly educated, loving God with all their hearts, souls, and minds. My administrators remain quite hostile to Christian activities on campus, but the other Christian teachers and I have found ways to work around them. If not for parents, teachers, and pastors who believe in supporting their local public school—who are like the Christians in this report—so many more students in my area would be utterly hopeless.
The willingness of the couples in April's cover story to benefit a community by living and participating in it is inspiring. But before we conclude that their actions are models for a universal solution, several things should be considered. Principally, the choice that the couples made to send their children to a local school.
Children are to be nurtured, not sent into potentially harmful situations as deputy missionaries. Chimborazo School was being reformed by a dedicated principal, and that school was open to cooperation with churches. But there are schools that are unreformed, or hostile to Christian influence, or anti-Christian in their agendas. In such cases a different course of action would surely be warranted.
Why We Serve
In "'Crucified under Pontius Pilate'" [April], it seems that only a partial solution is given to the theological and emotional problem that haunts me. The author used the word abstract several times. To me there is nothing abstract about the biblical line drawn repeatedly between the saved and the lost. "One way" and "no other name" are the words that motivated me to spend 43 years in Asia seeking to bring Muslims ...1