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Agape: The Highest Form of Love

Rachel Chimits
July 19, 2019

In the middle of fear and hunger, a team in Kenya are working to help children, preserve the future generation and show them God’s faithful compassion.

The Horn of Africa is teetering on the verge of famine, brought on by severe drought which is now leaving people to watch their crops fail and cattle die.

Drought has been a chronic issue for the last several years, but now it’s beginning to culminate into something worse: famine. According to Oxfam International, about “13 million of people are facing acute food and water shortages in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia…”

For many in rural, poverty-laced areas, their living situation is reaching a breaking point.

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. 

Seeing Blessings in Guatemala

Rachel Chimits
May 28, 2019

World Challenge partners help widows in Latin America receive back their sight. 

Rosa feels along the brick wall of her kitchen. Only the size of a living room in many Americans’ houses, her home is simple and clean. At least, she hopes it’s clean. She’s swept like always, bumping the broom between the table and chairs’ legs.

Something clatters cross the floor, and she pauses, trying to squint through grainy gloom at whatever’s fallen.

She squats and extends her hands, feeling lumps and realizes they are the plantains she purchased in the market yesterday.

Mercy in the Slum

Rachel Chimits
May 29, 2019

In Kenya’s grittiest and most impoverished sector, God is bringing incredible change to people’s hearts and lives.

As the sun rises on the eastern part of Kenya’s capital, it brings to light one of the world largest slums: Mathare.

The third largest in Africa, this slum is home to some 500,000 people scraping together a living in grinding poverty.

Despite an initiative by Kenya’s government to provide the slums with better sanitation, a single toilet in Mathare may be shared by as few as 70 people or as many as several hundred. Hygiene is an issue, to say the least.

Compassion’s Light in Kenya

Mark Buzzetta
April 15, 2019

One woman lost everything and turned her loss into blessings for others.

Mathare is the third largest slum in Africa and sixth in the entire world. It is here, though, where God’s love is shining brightly through a lady whom I had the honor of meeting in person.

A Season of Loss

If anyone had reason to give up hope, it should have been Selin. She worked extremely hard, washing clothes to earn about $2 a day. Then her four children became ill and all of them passed away. If that were not enough of a blow, she also lost her husband to AIDS.

How would she respond to this overwhelming devastation in the midst of what many would consider abysmal conditions? It was enough to make anyone feel as if God had turned against them.

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.