Spiritual Famine… or, Bibles Not Food

At the church where I used to work, they spoke of “spiritual famine.” To “feed” these people, we would send bibles and theological books. I remember one conversation well…

“Shouldn’t we send something more than books,” I asked.

“What do you mean? Like what?” my boss replied.

“I don’t know… I mean, these people are dying from malaria, right? What if we included mosquito nets or some kind of food with the shipment? They’re pretty cheap. And it’s probably more likely for them to read the books if they’re not sick or starving or dying.”

“That’s a good point. Let me check and see if that’s something we can do.”

A few hours pass and he comes back to my cubicle. “No go on the mosquito nets. Other ministries provide those. Our mission is sending books.”