U.S. Aids Conversion-Minded Quake Relief in El Salvador - 2001-03-05

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F37.png U.S. Aids Conversion-Minded Quake Relief in El Salvador March 5, 2001, David Gonzalez, New York Times

An American evangelical relief group that is using private donations and United States government money to help victims of two earthquakes has blurred the line between church and state as its volunteers preach, pray and seek converts among people desperate for help.

Residents of several villages said volunteers from Samaritan's Purse, which has received more than $200,000 from the United States Agency for International Development and is to receive a second similar amount, has held half-hour prayer meetings before showing them how to build temporary homes of metal and plastic provided by the American government.

According to interviews with numerous villagers here and elsewhere in this predominantly Roman Catholic country, volunteers of the Protestant group have distributed religious tracts and asked them to accept Jesus Christ as their savior.

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{{cite news | first = David | last = Gonzalez | title = U.S. Aids Conversion-Minded Quake Relief in El Salvador | url = https://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/05/world/us-aids-conversion-minded-quake-relief-in-el-salvador.html | work = New York Times | date = March 5, 2001 | accessdate = March 31, 2020 }}