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  • A Charge to Bless the Prisoners

    Rachel Chimits
    December 26, 2019

    World Challenge partners and the church in Eswatini are finding ways to reach those who are in prison with God’s Word and forgiveness.

    World Challenge’s partners in Eswatini have begun a special outreach called Potter’s Prison Ministry, believing that God has incredible plans for those who are currently behind bars.

    This ministry has seen incredible growth this year.

  • Celebrating Christmas in India

    Rachel Chimits
    December 24, 2019

    Believers around the world are gathering together not only to remember the Savior’s birth and his promise of eternal redemption but also to care for the widow and orphan.

    In preparation for Christmas, our partners in India hold skits where children in their orphanage, and any from the neighborhood who want to participate, have the chance to act out the Christmas story.

  • Taking St. Nick Off the Naughty List

    Rachel Chimits
    December 23, 2019

    Santa is a potentially controversial figure among Christians, but perhaps there’s a better perspective we could take on his story.

    Perhaps no Christmas figure is more maligned that Saint Nicholas.

    The man who began as a generous church leader, trying to inspire others to care for the poor, evolved into a magical sprite in a reindeer-drawn sled used by parents to bribe children into obedience.

  • Advent: The Adoration of the Magi

    Rachel Chimits
    December 20, 2019

    Worshiping and delighting in Jesus at Christmas sounds all well and good, but how do we find the time and the right frame of mind to do this amid the holiday chaos?

    In 1480, Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to paint an altarpiece for the Augustinian monks of San Donato. He completed detailed drawings of the painting’s figures and scene, but then he left the city.

    The painting would be finished years later by an unknown artist.

  • Grief, Loss and Death at Christmastime

    Rachel Chimits
    December 19, 2019

    While this time of year is traditionally considered to be one of great joy, it also can be the one where the broken pieces of our hearts and lives most clearly show up.

    My uncle, my father’s baby brother, died suddenly before the holidays.

    At 28 years old, he had moved back in with the family and was working his way through some personal issues, when a complication with a hereditary illness caused his heart to stop one night.

  • An Uprising in Lebanon

    Rachel Chimits
    December 17, 2019

    World Challenge’s partners are caught in the middle of the Middle East’s most current uprising, but they are holding on to God’s promises to work in the midst of their troubles.

    The Arab Spring exploded in 2011, and it has lingered in the Middle East ever since. Now, though, rumblings of protest are threatening to resurrect the violence that characterized the revolution from several years ago.

  • Our Dedication to the Good Work

    Gary Wilkerson
    December 16, 2019

    I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve seen life and death hang in the balance in countries that are enduring civil war, in communities where families are starving and in cities where little children are living underground in sewers. If it were not for the Lord—his mighty power and outstretched hand of love and mercy—I would have given up in despair long ago. But I’m still trusting in faith that, through Jesus Christ, we will continue to see lives transformed.