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A Little Respect For Doctor Foster



“The next time you hear someone at a cocktail party mock evangelicals, think of Dr. Foster and those like him. These are folks who don’t so much proclaim the gospel as live it. They deserve better.” New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof posted his findings this month in an article titled  A Little Respect for Doctor Foster. On a visit to Angola, the nation home to the world’s highest child death rate, Kristof interviewed INMED faculty Steve Foster at the Lubango Evangelical Medical Center. Foster, who moved to Angola in 1978, was my primary mentor when I lived there in the 1990s.


Nicholas Kristof continues, “Yet the liberal caricature of evangelicals is incomplete and unfair. I have little in common, politically or theologically, with evangelicals or, while I’m at it, conservative Roman Catholics. But I’ve been truly awed by those I’ve seen in so many remote places, combating illiteracy and warlords, famine and disease, humbly struggling to do the Lord’s work as they see it, and it is offensive to see good people derided.” We are INMED are privileged to match our student with mentors of such stature in Africa and throughout the world.

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