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  • A Garden of New Life

    Rachel Chimits
    December 18, 2018

    Kenyan believers are learning how God’s healing work spreads to every part of life.

    Isiolo is the scene of surprising and hopeful conflict. 

    The small town north of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is starting to become a tourist destination. It recently connected to two game reserves in the area, and its airport is now offering international flights. 

    The clash in Isiolo is between traditional practices and advances from economic development. Boda bodas, motorcycle taxis, still don’t adhere to most traffic rules despite growing road networks and an increasing population, and Meru elders argue over new names for the Isiolo Airport. 

    While traditionalists struggle with the changes their hometown is going through, many residents are opening up to new ways of life.

  • “I Cried Out to God for These Children . . .”

    Mark Buzzetta
    December 17, 2018

    Armenian children living in rubble. Please help us reach them. “A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor” (Proverbs 22:9, HCSB).

    “Driving along a desolate road, we came to a building in rubble, an abandoned house, which is home to a family of six. The husband/father is an alcoholic . . . the wife is mentally handicapped, and the four children live in the worst conditions I’ve seen.” — Armenia, June 2018

  • Heart Revival Among India’s Widows

    Rachel Chimits
    December 12, 2018

    God is setting India’s widows free from the weight of prejudice.

    To lose a spouse is a hard blow to the heart; but in India, the social ramifications can make it even harsher.

    One young Indian woman explains how widows are treated: “She is stigmatised as a woman who has failed to safeguard her husband’s life. Traditional beliefs hold that her husband is God and when he dies, she is expected to be grief-stricken, everlastingly, for the rest of her life.”

    Widows are viewed by India’s society as those who have lost what gives them value, not a view that God takes as the “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows...” —Psalms 68:5a ESV

  • 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. 

  • A New Legacy for Nicaragua

    Rachel Chimits
    December 10, 2018

    As turmoil grips a country, a new generation is rising up to lead.

    The news is peppered with articles about government attacks on protestors and church leaders in Nicaragua. Reading all this, many might feel overwhelmed by the forces of evil, unrest and poverty in this small Central American country.

    Fortunately, God is moving his people to reach those who are lost and hurting.  

    One of World Challenge’s goals in missions has been to find local leaders whom God has called and empower them to carry out the mission God has given them. We also want to build long-term solutions to the issue of spiritual brokenness and physical poverty.

    The success of this strategy is becoming evident in Nicaragua.   

  • Hope for Albania’s Roma

    Rachel Chimits
    November 30, 2018

    God is reaching the Roma community in the midst of poverty and prejudice

    Recently, a member of the European Parliament pointed out, “There is not a single European country where Roma people have equal rights to non-Roma people. They are treated as a problem...”  

    The Roma community—sometimes called gypsies—desperately needs to know that God has a hope and future for them. Children, who bear the brunt of violence and neglect, are the most open to the gospel’s healing but also in the most danger. These children are often separated from their parents and left wandering the streets.

  • Meet the Most Forgotten...

    Mark Buzzetta
    November 16, 2018

    Who falls through the cracks most? Would you believe it is widows? World Challenge finds that widows around the globe are incredibly vulnerable—and heartbreakingly neglected. But not by us. And not by your caring gifts of support.

    Picture cold rain pouring down like ice needles and fog, masking the view of the mountains, as a woman, her daughter, and her grandson sit in their one-room cardboard shack. The little structure is riddled with gaps. Through them, the rain is turning this woman’s dirt floor into sticky mud. The small fire inside barely warms them even as it spews black smoke, adding to the quarter-inch-thick soot stains on the ceilings and walls.

  • “Please Bring the Gospel to Our Village!”

    Andreas Steffensen
    October 15, 2018

    Do you ever wonder if your prayers and financial support for World Challenge really make a difference?  Look no further than a “Macedonian call” from a rugged desert vista in the hills of Kenya.

    “Please bring the Gospel to our village,” a local chief from the Samburu tribe pleaded with our team.  “We have no church!”  It reminded us of Paul’s vision of the Macedonian man begging him to “Come over to Macedonia and help us” (Acts 16:9).

  • Ebola Crisis Strikes the D.R. Congo

    World Challenge Staff
    August 24, 2018

    The recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has taken over 60 lives. One of those lives was a congregant of our local church partner. We plan to aid in stopping this crisis by extending much-needed training and preventative measures to 60 local churches at the epicenter of the crisis. Part of those preventative measures is handwashing stations that will be placed outside the churches for attendees and community members to use freely. This will help stem the tide as the disease spreads through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of infected persons.

  • To Love an Enemy

    Roger Hayslip
    August 20, 2018

    Courageous Home Missionaries in the Middle East | Magdy walked away from the comforts God had blessed him with: a dream job, financial security, and his supportive Christian community. He and Rima, his wife, knew they were uniquely equipped for a mission field where few could go.