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Block 38’s Cleanliness Campaign

Rachel Chimits
June 2, 2020

One community in the Philippines banded together to transform their neighborhood so successfully that even their city's government took notice.

Block 38 is a lively, urban-poor community located in Mandaluyong City. The neighborhood is congested with more than 16,000 citizens crowded into narrow lanes and small houses. 

Crooked alleyways are crammed with sari-sari stories, food stalls and packs of children running between pedestrian traffic.

Sharing Knowledge, Joy and Life

Rachel Chimits
January 21, 2020

Community makes an enormous difference in believers’ lives, and one young mother is growing into a new life with the help of her church.

When the World Challenge team first met her, Grace was a shy and timid believer. She described herself as a typical housewife who was only concerned about her own household and had very little to do with her community.

Fighting Off a Gambling Addiction

Rachel Chimits
October 31, 2019

One woman felt that lottery tickets offered hope that life had denied her until members of the church helped her find peace in better sources.

As soon as someone mentions “addiction,” most people automatically think of drugs or alcohol. Those two substances, however, only represent a fraction of potential addictions that can entangle people.

Overcoming Strife With Generosity

Rachel Chimits
September 3, 2019

One Filipino church’s rough start in their new community turned out to be a perfect blessing for opening people’s hearts to God’s truth.

World Challenge partners’ work in the Philippines has sought to show people how they can have godly community through education and relationships.

A huge part of this has been helping people see how salvation should affect not only their own lives but also their families and neighborhoods.

Building a Bamboo Bridge

Evelyn Olaes
August 20, 2019

The people of one village were motivated by the idea of God’s care for them to take on a major project and improve their home.

The tiny village Sitio Gulod literally means “hilltop.” The ivy-covered, stone walls around the town overlook lush fields and dense jungle which hum with the constant symphony of insects and birds. The dirt roads are muddy more often than not and sometimes are even below standing water.

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.

Protecting Mothers and the Unborn

Rachel Chimits
May 22, 2019

In the Philippines, church workers are helping educate pregnant women about how to keep themselves and their babies healthy.

Pregnancy usually means extra doctor visits to make sure the mother and baby stay healthy.

Some women, however, don’t have this option because either they live in a remote village or it’s not traditional practice. They often don’t realize the many health benefits that preventative care can offer both them and their child.