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  • The Maintenance of a Foundation

    Rachel Chimits
    May 13, 2020

    Times of trial always reveal what we truly believe about ourselves, the world and our God, so what will the fires show about who and what we trust?

    Sam Keyes, bio-engineering academic and public speaker about the integration of science and faith, noted a particularly notable instance of the church leading the response to a health crisis.  

  • Overcoming COVID in Cuba

    Benjamin Demblowski
    May 12, 2020

    Life on this Caribbean island has become anything but paradise since the coronavirus lockdowns began, but locals are bringing heaven to earth as they care for one another.

    Since March 24th, the Cuban government has shut down all tourism, hotels, schools and local transportation services in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Borders have also been shut down, cutting off major sources of supplies and the ability for many to find work.

  • Thriving or Striving at Home

    Rachel Chimits
    May 11, 2020

    Being put into a stressful situation will reveal the core of our relationships faster than anything else, so after this lockdown, what have we found?

    An increasing number of articles and surveys are pointing to the mounting issues of divorce requests since the coronavirus lockdown pushed us all indoors with one another.

  • The Patience of a Saint, or Not

    Rachel Chimits
    May 8, 2020

    The Bible lists patience as one of the fruits of the Spirit, but how important is it actually and how do we cultivate this virtue?

    George Washington is often featured in the history books as an elderly gent with a long-suffering expression as he stares vaguely but benevolently out at a cast of soldiers or politicians.

  • The Flowers of India’s Fields

    Rachel Chimits
    May 7, 2020

    World Challenge partners are demonstrating God’s care to local farmers in India by helping them protect themselves and their land through education.

    Aarav* is part of an agricultural community in the heartland of India. Many of his neighbors grow food crops, but Aarav cultivates flowers to sell.

  • Does the Bible Back Up Ikigai?

    Rachel Chimits
    May 6, 2020

    So much energy and time is devoted in the Western world to discovering our purpose in life, but what if the answer was both simpler and much more difficult than everyone makes it out to be?

    As issues with “burnout” seem to be rampantly spreading across the Western world, many are turning to Eastern philosophy in an attempt to find the solution.

    One such ideology that’s recently risen to prominence is ikigai.

  • Righteous Roots for the Darkest Storms

    Rachel Chimits
    May 1, 2020

    God allows tribulations to come into our lives for a very important purpose, but what can we do to prepare for these moments beforehand?

    The pear tree outside my childhood bedroom window was a pretty thing, if somewhat pathetic.

    It had the misfortune of an unusually small root-ball when my family bought it. One morning, I opened my curtains to discover I could see nothing but a dancing maze of green and shadows.

  • Coronavirus in the Middle East

    World Challenge Staff
    April 30, 2020

    Already hard-hit by economic woes, Lebanon is staggering under the COVID quarantines, so how are World Challenge partners responding?

    We serve Syrian refugees and other vulnerable people in Lebanon. For the last couple years, we have been focusing on education, psychosocial support, counseling and vocational training.