poverty solutions | World Challenge

poverty solutions

Returning Home

Anna Kozlyuk
May 20, 2019

Many young, educated Albanians leave their homeland in search of a better life, and Vera intended to be no different until she met God.

Mynevere Saliu, more often called Vera by friends and family, was born into a Muslim Roma family in the city Peqin. 

Even though she had been raised to respect Islamic traditions, Vera didn’t really believe in Allah. When she was able to finally leave for university, she couldn’t wait. She met up with a close friend there, but suddenly her friend started talking about Jesus. All this “religious talk” chafed Vera.

“I even told her, ‘You’re stupid to believe in a God you have never seen.’” Vera remembered. “But she wouldn’t stop talking about Jesus until one day when I finally told her, ‘If you like my company, stop talking to me about this Christ.'”

Disciples Who Make Disciples

Andreas Steffensen
May 13, 2019

God makes a way for his children and gives them his favor, no matter how desperate their situation.

In Acts chapter 3, Peter and John are entering the temple, and a lame beggar asks them for money. Peter responds, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you.”

Pause there. This is a very strange response.

In the chapter before, we’re told the believers had everything in common and shared money with any who had need. Surely Peter or John could’ve run down the street and asked for some money to get this poor beggar through the day.

Instead Peter says, “I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

The formerly lame man goes leaping and dancing into the Temple, praising God.

A School for Christ

Rachel Chimits
May 9, 2019

Two church leaders in El Salvador were moved to help the country’s children and build toward a better future.

In 1961, John and Lois Bueno were invited to El Salvador to become the pastors of Centro Evangelistico Church. 

They left their home in California and moved to El Salvador’s capital to start a new life and ministry, hardly guessing the magnitude of the plans God had in store for them. 

The moment their hearts would ignite with a new dream for the ministry would wait until a year after their move. 

The Spark of New Ministry

John was driving home late, and he was tired. It’d been a long day, and he was ready to be home with Lois. Complete dark had fallen, not even a ribbon of pink left on the western horizon.

Sacrificing for Love of the Philippines

Rachel Chimits
May 8, 2019

God gave Maria a task most would have rejected, but she obeyed and has seen great rewards for her faithfulness.

If God asked you to leave your job right now, would you do it?

For many who are their family’s primary breadwinner or barely making ends meet for themselves, this would be an extremely hard question.

Before taking a leap of faith like this, most people would have some serious soul-searching to do in order to make sure that it was genuinely God’s voice they heard.

Either way, it’s a question where some might just respond, “No, I can’t...” 

A Frightening Call

Maria had a good job that offered her benefits and paid well. Unlike nearly a fourth of the Philippines’ population, she was comfortably above the poverty level.

Multiplying Churches in the Congo

Andreas Steffensen
May 3, 2019

How the belief in change for one man has extending to his entire town and beyond into neighboring villages.

Driving at breakneck speeds down dusty, unpaved roads, we approach a military checkpoint. Our regional coordinator sits in the back of the aging Land Cruiser, his head thumping the roof every time we hit a pothole.

We’re all covered in the fine, red dust ubiquitous in East Africa, but the alternative is closing the A/C-less car’s windows and succumbing to the stifling heat.

Cantina is ahead, a town at the heart of a vast Congolese wilderness teeming with militant groups. Some are former perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide; others are Islamic radicals that fled Uganda.

The Promise of a Mansion

Rachel Chimits
May 2, 2019

In a fairytale life gone wrong, one young Filipino woman finds a true rescuing hero in her heavenly Father.

Krystal’s parents came to her and explained that she could finish high school, but that was all. She needed to find work to help support the family.

In the Philippines, this scenario was nothing strange, particularly for low-income families. At age 18, Krystal dutifully started work in Quezon, one of many poor, young women toiling in minimum wage jobs.

Everything changed when a handsome man approached her. He told her she was beautiful, striking among all the others, and he invited her into the wealthy, upperclass circles of his life.

A fairytale in the making…right? 

A Man Reborn

Rachel Chimits
April 17, 2019

“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” —John Chrysostom, "Doctor of the Church"

“Hopeless as a penny with a hole in it.” These were the words of some Kamdini residents to describe Robert Moro as they knew him a few years ago. 

You would be hard-pressed to recognize him anymore based on that description, and these days his neighbors are the ones seeking him out for help.

Survivors of the LRA

In the wake of Joseph Kony’s uprising and the Lord’s Resistance Army’s rampage across Northern Uganda, Robert and his family settled in Kamdini, battered and stripped of almost all their earthly belongings.

Harvest in the Congo

Rachel Chimits
April 26, 2019

Years of dry work for one pastor is now yielding great community transformation and church growth.

For several years, Pastor Saidi attended community health seminars hosted by World Challenge partners. He was an active participant in discussion groups and was enthusiastic about the ideas presented.

When he returned home to his village of Bulongo in central Democratic Republic of Congo, he imparted the vision of how Christian community can practically address everyday issues several times to his church and community.

However, the ideas seemed to gain no traction. 

Healing Refuge in Albania

Eljo Patoku
April 24, 2019

A World Challenge partner followed God’s call to offer support to a boy and those like him in one of Tirana’s grittiest neighborhoods.

I live in Rruga-Ura, a suburb of Albania’s capital, where most residents are Roma with a Muslim background. 

This is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Tirana, and it was difficult growing up here. People got into fights practically every day, and alcohol was almost everywhere

Most people dropped out of elementary school or don’t have any education at all. That makes it hardfor them to find full-time jobs. Usually, they earn their living with part-time work, or they beg and survive on whatever they find in trash heaps and garbage cans.

New Life in Uganda

Rachel Chimits
April 11, 2019

One village sent out someone to track down help for them, and today their lives are transformed.

In February, heat shimmers over the road. This is Uganda’s summer season, and temperatures soar to 95 degrees or higher at midday. This heralds the beginning of the Lira sub-region’s rainy season. 

Orumo’s residents are gathered under a mango tree as Steve Voyen, World Challenge’s director of Sub-Saharan development programs, and Dan, Uganda’s development director, pull up. 

An adult literacy lesson is taking place beneath the mango’s broad canopy that cuts the stifling heat. Students labor over a passage of scripture as Samuel, a local community trainer, teaches them to pronounce each word on the page.