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  • Arrested in the Church: Part 1

    Rachel Chimits
    June 26, 2019

    One Somali man had an incredible journey from being an agnostic refugee to being redeemed by Christ and becoming a World Challenge partner.

    As the church service drew to a close, Abdi noticed several men closing in on him. They pushed through the normal Easter crowd until they were in ring around him, and one tried to grab his arm.

    “What are you doing?” he asked, uneasy. “Who are you?”

    “We need you to come outside with us.”

    “Why don’t we go to the pastor’s office? We can talk there.” Abdi glanced around, trying to catch the eye of anyone who might help him. He didn’t know who these men were, but he didn’t want to be left alone with them.

    “You need to come with us, otherwise you’re going to get into serious trouble,” One said, as he pushed Abdi toward the door.

  • How to Make Our Faith Grow

    Rachel Chimits
    June 25, 2019

    We can be told to “just have more faith” or even pray for more faith, but there are also specific steps we can take to help strengthen our faith.

    “Faith is on the rise,” reports The Guardian magazine, “and 84% of the global population identifies with a religious group.”

    The article more or less touts this as a positive statistic, but its stance only brings up the real questions: “What are people putting their faith in?” and “How does this faith help people?” 

    What and Who Do You Trust?

    Faith is simply defined as “allegiance to duty or a person” or “complete trust” in the dictionary.

  • Turning a Filipino Saul to Paul

    Rachel Chimits
    June 24, 2019

    An ex-Muslim helped one woman see the truth of God’s Word, which sparked her passion to do the same for others.

    Carmelita absolutely could not stand these filthy evangelicals.

    She could’ve sworn they’d put some kind of Bible study near her house just to drive her half crazy. People would walk past her house holding Bibles all the time, and it was unbearable. Then there came the knock on her door.

    Several people smiled as she opened up, stoking the flames of her righteous indignation. “Ma’am, our church has become too big for the house where we’re meeting, and we were wondering if you would be so kind as to let us meet in your home?”

    The pure nerve of these fools! Furious, she chased them off her porch.  

  • A Prayer for Ukraine

    Rachel Chimits
    June 21, 2019

    Gary Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz offered a conference to refresh pastors in Ukraine and over 10,000 church leaders arrived to hear them.

    Chernivtsi, or Cernăuți as it is called by the Romanians, has been called “Jerusalem upon the Prut” for its strategic location between Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.

    It has traditionally been a cosmopolitan city, home to many Romanians, Germans, Russians, Poles, Hungarians, Roma and Jews.

    This city with its long, multicultural history is where Gary Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz went for their most recent pastors’ conference.

    History of Ukraine’s Church

    Many church leaders in Ukraine face an unusual set of challenges.

  • An Endemic Spread of Ebola

    Rachel Chimits
    June 20, 2019

    World Challenge partners in Sub-Saharan Africa are faced with another outbreak of one of the worst diseases in modern history.

    This June, the first Ebola deaths occurred in Uganda.

    The infections in Uganda confirmed that the deadly outbreak has spread for the first time beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Border towns in Kenya are on high alert, as health officials are forced to contemplate the possibility of Ebola passing over the Uganda border and spreading among Kenyans who have already been hit by one of the worst famines in years. 

  • Working in the Graveyards

    Rachel Chimits
    June 19, 2019

    Bangladesh’s most impoverished and discriminated-against group is slowly opening up to outsiders and the good news of Jesus Christ.

    Aatmaja waits by the gates, wreathed in the scents of smoldering camphor and incense, burning bamboo and bodies.

    The cremation grounds are filled with pyres, feet often poking out with the big toes tied together. Families gather around the hottest burning ones, chanting matras that will hopefully help their loved one achieve “moksha,” freedom from the endless cycle of death and rebirth.

    Another family enters the grounds, carrying a body on poles, everyone careful not to touch it. That’s Aatmaja’s job, that and tending the pyres, because she has no caste status or purity to lose.

    She’s a Dom, the lowest strata of the untouchable caste “Dalits.”

  • Believers Banding Together

    Rachel Chimits
    June 18, 2019

    As natural disaster hits Kenya, the local church is reaching out to bring a saving message and much-needed supplies to the hardest hit communities.

    Famine has hit Sub-Saharan Africa.

    In Kenya alone, about one million people are facing starvation. Cattle and other livestock are dropping out on the arid fields where drought and locusts have cleared away all but the thorniest plants. 

  • God’s Greatest Commands

    World Challenge Staff
    June 17, 2019

    When Priya* and her husband accepted Christ, their neighbors weren’t excited. Vicious gossip began circulating, and the pressure to convert back to Hinduism became intense.

    “At times,” she confessed, “I wanted to give up and become Hindu again.”

    World Challenge partners came to Priya’s church and talked about living as a light for God in the neighborhood.

    Her heart was struck by Matthew 22:35-40 where Jesus lays out the Bible’s greatest commandment: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart’ ... And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

    Being a Servant

    Priya had noticed that the drainage between the houses was full of mud and rotten garbage; flies and mosquitoes formed thick clouds over the muck.

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    Rachel Chimits
    June 13, 2019

    Part of World Challenge’s domestic mission work is reaching refugees making their home in the United States.

    The Refugee Project released a shocking statistic: “Nearly 69 million people have been displaced from their home due to war, persecution or violence. That’s one of every 111 people on the planet.”

    In 2017, the United States had over 280,000 refugees enter, the majority of them from Asian countries where governments are cracking down on Christian churches. 

    A Barrier of Tests

    Many U.S. citizens might be shocked to learn how difficult it is for a refugee to enter the country.

  • Caring for the Homeless in Lithuania

    Rachel Chimits
    June 12, 2019

    One woman is working hard to make sure that those often neglected by her hometown have somewhere safe to go. 

    Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, is the country’s largest city and famous for its historical architecture. Mark Buzzetta, Director of World Challenge’s Mercy Missions, wasn’t there to see castles and museums, though. Instead, he was looking for a food kitchen.

    Larisa is the founder of Charity Kitchen and one of World Challenge’s partners. She has a huge heart for the neglected elderly and homeless in a city that often has little time for either.

    1 Corinthians 1:18 has motivated her to carry on in the face of criticism for feeding the homeless: “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.”