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Youth in the Heart of Africa

Arthur Manirambona
June 11, 2019

Concern for the young people and future of Burundi is what drives one young man, a World Challenge scholarship student at Summit.

I am from Bujumbura, the capital city* of Burundi in East Africa.

Raised in a non-Christian family, I started drinking when I was 6 years old. It’s not uncommon for people to start drinking at an early age with the traditions in our community.

Later, I started going to clubs when I was about 12 years old. I used to sneak out of my house late at night. The men at the club didn’t care about my age as long as I could pay. Especially on Friday night, I would go out with friends and buy drinks.

In high school, one of my friends told me the gospel then invited me to a movie night at church because he knew that I’m a fan of movies. Through that movie and my friend, I got saved.

Making a Multi-Generational Church

Rachel Chimits
June 5, 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.

Through the Eyes of a Child

World Challenge Staff
April 2, 2019

A new community center and school in Lebanon becomes a refuge to the delight of many local children.

Remodeling a building into a community center and school would be an incredible task, but to accomplish this in just a few months might require a miracle. However, World Challenge partners in Lebanon were determined to do just that so they could receive 300 new students.

The air was filled with the smell of cut wood, drywall and paint. The lot’s previous owner had left a boat in the yard, sadly adrift in the midst of contractors, machinery and the general hubbub of a construction site.

The children were due to arrive in days.

The new center had no doors, no windows, no tiles, no heating, no running water, and no bathrooms yet. It was like someone rushing to get dressed as the doorbell rings.

A Little Light for India

Rachel Chimits
March 27, 2019

Numbers of abandoned or neglected children are rising, and authorities are constricting who can help.

Children are one of the most vulnerable populations in India, and the country is home to an estimated 30 million orphans with countless more who are left unattended while their parents work.

Local laws sharply restrict foster and adoption agencies while increasing numbers of children fall prey to criminals on the black market who hunt for cheap child labor.

Others are lost when their parents are blackmailed into given up their child to racketeers looking to make a tidy profit off sex trafficking.

A New Day for Lithuania

Rachel Chimits
December 11, 2018

Children are finding God in the wake of war and occupation.

Did you know that Lithuania has two independence days? This oddity hints at their tumultuous history clamped between the Baltic Sea and Russia. 

Nearly fifty years after being annexed by the USSR, this small ex-soviet country is still finding its feet in the wake of an oppressive occupation. Issues with unemployment, substance abuse and domestic violence are common in Luthuania’s badly depressed economy. 

Countless children from families in the low socioeconomic strata end up running around the streets unwatched for hours every day because their parents or guardians are at work or absent. 

How World Challenge Saved Our Orphanage

Roger Hayslip
March 22, 2017

Dear World Challenge,

On January 5th, our orphanage in Thailand received your annual donation.  As always, it was a great blessing.  This year it was especially helpful, and I would like to explain why.

For eight years, we have rented a property in the village of Um-phang on the Thailand-Burma border, using it as an orphanage, mission school and church for the children of refugees who have fled the civil war in Burma.  This arrangement has worked well for us, and we have always managed to pay the annual rent.