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  • Building Wells and Unity

    Benjamin Demblowski
    July 15, 2019

    Brazil’s drought-stricken regions are experiencing new life through the hard work of World Challenge’s partner.

    A lack of water affects everything in a community from basic health and sanitation to education and employment.

    Clean water, as a basic human need, is foundational to building healthy communities. Meeting the physical need for water opens doors for people to receive what they thirst for most: living water.

    Jacob’s Well was established to provide hope and practical help to farming towns ravaged by years of drought in northeastern Brazil.

    While team members work alongside locals to build wells and help bring clean water to rural towns, these relationships open up opportunities to connect people to a church community and share the gospel. 

  • The Wives of ISIS

    Kelly Wilkerson
    July 12, 2019

    Syria is now the questionable home to mothers and children who are either forgotten, ignored or condemned.

    “There’s only one exit,” our guide tells us at the place where we’re staying. “If you need to evacuate, don’t turn left outside. That part of the street belongs to Assad.”

    We landed in Qatar less than 24 hours before and were warned not to eat in public or carry water bottles, despite the air’s parching dryness. The entire land is in the grip of Ramadan, one of Islam’s most important religious observances.

    Looking down at the bustling, dusty road, it’s hard to imagine pieces of this city belonging to a subset of al-Qaeda, one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist groups

  • Those Hidden in Ireland

    Rachel Chimits
    July 11, 2019

    World Challenge partners in the Emerald Isle reach out to one mother weighted down by a cancer prognosis and deep worries for her children.

    Can people still be deeply caught in poverty if they live in a wealthy, Western nation?

    Most would say, “Yes, of course” because we’ve all seen someone beside the road with a cardboard sign who is clearly homeless.

    All high-income countries, however, have the “invisible poor.” These people don’t fall into the typical measures for poverty because they make more than 2 dollars a day—not hard in countries with high costs of living—and manage to keep a roof over their heads one way or another. 

    They often look inconspicuously ordinary, and yet their living conditions and daily struggles would shock those who pass them by without a second glance. 

  • Preventing Child Marriage in Bangladesh

    Rachel Chimits
    July 10, 2019

    World Challenge workers are helping families protect their young daughters from cultural pressure to marry too early.

    According to the Human Rights Watch, “Bangladesh has the highest rate of child marriage of girls under the age of 15 in the world, with 29 percent of girls in Bangladesh married before age 15…”

    In a study that interviewed hundreds of women across the country, researchers found a shocking number of girls who had been married off before they were 11 years old.

    Although child marriages have been illegal for decades, the practice is alive and well, especially in poorer communities.

    Child Brides in the Slums

    For the Dalits—the “untouchables”—who live in Bangladesh’s slums, parents regularly struggle to feed all of their children.

  • When Disappointment is Good

    Rachel Chimits
    July 9, 2019

    Nothing seems more undesirable than hard times and unanswered questions, but God always has a plan and purpose for these moments in his children’s lives.

    Disappointment seems like the gateway emotion to a lot of worse ones: bitterness, anger, depression and more. By that logic, God wouldn’t want Christians to experience disappointment. Why expose us to what only breeds bad things in our hearts?

    The only problem is that Jesus regularly disappointed people.

    Think about how Mary and Martha must’ve felt when their brother died in John chapter 11. They had seen Jesus heal so many sick people and knew that he was in a town nearby, and yet their brother suffered for days until he finally died.

  • A Revolution in Burundi Churches

    Rachel Chimits
    July 8, 2019

    One bishop has helped bring a wave of change to his city with discussion about new ways to approach problems.

    Bishop Emile helps to manage and disciple the leaders of 50 churches in and around the city of Ngozi in Burundi. He also personally leads a church of about 1,500 members.

    When he first met with World Challenge workers, he was intrigued by the approach to God’s Word as a transformative force for people’s everyday choices and lives. He took careful note of the biblical concepts behind the lessons, then he decided to adopt this wholistic ministry for his church.

    Soon after, he headed out to the pastors he ministered to and shared this vision of whole-life ministry. His passion was to see all the churches apply this mindset and empower their congregations to see God’s blessings. 

  • Cambodia’s God of Life and Peace

    Rachel Chimits
    July 5, 2019

    After the horrific atrocities inflicted by the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia’s people are looking for the author of healing and new life.

    The Khmer Rouge was one of the most brutal episodes in human history.

    Communist dictator Pol Pot decided, in the wake of the Vietnam War, that Cambodia needed to become a socialist paradise, independent from all outside influences.

    This movement involved executing every ethnic minority group his soldiers could find, slaughtering hundreds of thousands of intellectuals and church leaders and murdering anyone else who even dared to protest these changes.

    Those who survived had to face starvation next as the communist farming programs repeatedly failed.

  • Making a Multi-Generational Church

    Rachel Chimits
    July 4, 2019

    Church leaders in Brazil are looking for ways to build up children and teenagers as vital ministry workers. 

    The ministry of Jacob’s Well extends throughout northern Brazil, sharing the gospel alongside helping people get access to the clean water but also teaching them new agricultural practices, hygiene lessons and other community skills.

    Reading lessons are one of their programs, meant to combat the high levels of illiteracy in Brazil’s rural areas. 

    One of their missionaries goes to a village in her region twice a week to hold a reading and writing class for the children and then one for the adults. One day, two of the middle school-aged students asked if they could stay for the adults’ class.

  • Training Pastors in Kenya

    Rachel Chimits
    July 3, 2019

    Church leaders in sub-Saharan Africa are hungry to know more about God’s Word and how to help their communities.

    The words “Bible school” may invoke images of college-like campuses, solemn meetings between scholars and chapel prayer times.

    For some in the West, this may be the only way they’ve seen or heard of theological training be done, but for many church leaders in other parts of the world, the experience is quite different.

    Like the Word itself, training for pastors can come with eternal truths in ways that respond to their unique needs.

    The Gift of Bible School

    Many of the men gathered are already acting pastors with church congregations that depend on them. Taking off their jackets, they greet others they recognize from nearby villages.

  • Including Believers With Disabilities

    Rachel Chimits
    July 2, 2019

    Ministries are now taking steps to help church members with disabilities feel included and part of community.

    Ellen Stumbo is a writer, national speaker, pastor’s wife and ministry leader. She’s also the mother of a daughter with Down syndrome and an adopted daughter with cerebral palsy. 

    While raising two children with special needs is a constant adventure, Ellen has found that some of the greatest challenges have come from the church.

    “When my daughter was born with Down syndrome, one of my friends confessed she thought I deserved it. She said that I must have done something wrong for God to give me a child with a disability. Sadly, this is the message she had heard from her church, the same church I had attended growing up….