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World Relief’s almost-hire spotlights ministries need for government funds | Warren Cole Smith

World Relief is the compassion and benevolence arm of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “We’re not the mouth of the NAE, but we are its arms and legs,” said Don Golden, the group’s senior vice president of church engagement.

In theory, World Relief gets its support—and marching orders—from the 45,000 evangelical, theologically conservative members of the NAE. But in reality, only about 1 percent of NAE churches provide financial support for World Relief. In 2008, $31 million of its $60 million budget came from government grants—from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and from other agencies that fund refugee resettlement work.

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