Some Reflections on Foreign Aid
MAY 01, 1959 by ARTHUR SPOONER
The Reverend Mr. Spooner, with The Korea Mission of The Orthodox Presbyterian Church at Pusan, Korea, explains, “We are three missionary families connected with a Korean church that has over 500 churches, 6 Bible institutes, a full-fledged seminary, a 40-bed hospital, a medical clinic, a Christian high school, several night schools, 20 orphanages, 20 leper colony churches, and the beginnings of a publishing company and a liberal arts college. In all of this we are trustees in only two institutions, and we are given the right to speak on the floor of the General Assembly by our Korean brothers, but we have no vote; they do it all…we only help in the pinch. Our mission, as a whole, is seriously considering not handling relief in quantity. We are opposed to the use of government surplus grains and the like as a proselytizing force in missions. Normal gifts from sister churches are excepted. These are not only good sisterly actions, but Scriptural actions, as well. But much of our giving has become… productive only of resentment and lack of self-reliance."
This afternoon, by the warm fire, with the kettle boiling merrily, it is hard to believe we are here. Yet the sound of the witchwoman’s drums brings reality to a head. Here in
But there is unfolding at our very doors the bitterness of a people who are weary of being always on the receiving end, and yet are not aware of the reason for their own bitterness, sometimes. They are “riding the tiger.” They fear to hang on, and they are afraid to drop off. The Tiger is Relief, unrelieved relief… endless bales and bundles and machines and money, and endless queues of long-nosed people to administer it all.