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A Vision for Kenya

Irene Life
May 15, 2019

The callings of God on our lives can seem impossible, but one girl’s story is a testament to God laying out his path before us.

Back in 2017, I was napping and had a vision. It was so vivid, I don’t know what else to call it. I saw myself in front of a board meeting, and I was talking to them about kids and fund raising.

I woke up and quickly said, “God, that’s not me. That’s my brother.”

My brother is good with kids, so I pushed the vision out of my mind. I actually forgot about it until almost a year later. 

Finding the Ultimate Architect

Ilya Shchetinin
April 30, 2019

One World Challenge scholarship student shares how he went from a prospective architect to ministry leader.

I’m from Oregon City, outside Portland. Life was normal, going the usual route until this guy named Stan who was a Summit graduate married someone at my church. Whenever he was speaking, I noticed something different about him, so I finally approached him and said, “Hey, we should talk.”

Stan looked me in the eye for a solid 30 seconds, saying nothing, and I was thinking, What’s going on right now? I just said I wanted to talk.

Then he offered to hang out. We talked about life, and he eventually became my mentor. In a lot of ways, he encouraged me to think differently about God. 

Heart of Healing for Burundi

Iteka Santi
April 12, 2019

Burundi is called the heart of Africa, and when you look at it on a map, you can see why. The small country is shaped very much like our body’s most vital organ. 

Learning to Lead by Serving

When I was in school, I thought I would be a doctor because I was good in science.

Since I was doing well, my parents sent me to a private high school that was also a Christian school, and the director, Freddy, was also the president of Youth for Christ. Freddy taught us a lot about leadership and the purpose of our lives. 

I didn’t know that God had a plan for my life. 

My parents weren’t believers, and I’d never thought about God designing me for certain things in life. 

Building Lives and Lands on Truth

Adewunmi Adetayo
March 25, 2019

Social innovator and World Challenge scholarship student Adewunmi is dreaming of bringing communities a clearer vision of who God is.

As a child in Nigeria, I always saw poverty. Maybe 2% of the population is living with a ridiculous amount of money, and the other 98% are spinning their wheels and going in circles even though there is enough for everyone to have enough. 

It’s just a fact of living there, though it shouldn’t have to be.

The Fragile Church

I came to the US when I was 16, and I moved to New York City after college to work in the fashion industry. 

A Vision for Macedonia

March 15, 2019

While many younger people are fleeing the Balkans, God is calling one World Challenge scholarship student and others like him back to their homeland.

I come from east Macedonia, and I was raised up in a Christian family. All of my life, I’ve known who God is. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit when I was eleven and then baptized in water when I was fifteen. 

Because I didn’t have Christian friends, though, I lived in the world. I started to gamble, drink and go to clubs with my friends. 

I sat on two chairs, one in the world and one with God. I knew something was wrong, that I should change my life, but I liked having my own way. I told myself, ‘My father is a pastor, and every Sunday I sit in church, so I’m safe. I’m going to heaven.’  

A History of Faith

Eh Shu
February 19, 2019

With a World Challenge scholarship, a Karen refugee is pursuing God’s calling into the unknown.

I was born in Burma, but I’m not Burmese. I’m of the Karen. Really, my story begins long before I was born.

Adoniram Judson was the reason my family was Christian long before they came to the United States.

He was an American missionary who spent his whole life dedicated to Burma and translated the Bible into the local language. Initially, he meant the gospel to go to the Burmese, but most of them didn’t accept it.

Making a Legacy

Rachel Chimits
January 16, 2019

"And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28 NLT)

Gen Z—the generation following millennials—is the least Christian generation to date, according to a new Barna study. Thirty-four percent of Gen Z’s religious affiliation is either atheist, agnostic or none.

Not only that, but one-quarter of Gen Z (24%) strongly agrees that what is morally right and wrong changesover time. For example, the study shows that only a third of Gen Z-ers believe lying is immoral.