| World Challenge
  • When Depression Isn't Healed

    Rachel Chimits
    May 17, 2019

    A battle with mental health can already feel like a lonely one, but when God doesn’t miraculously free us from it, the question “Why?” inevitable rises.

    A research project collaborating with the University of Oxford conducted a study on depression and anxiety disorders worldwide in 2016. They found that about 322 million people globally suffer from depression, making it the predominant psychological disorder.

    Despite its prevalence, depression is often ignored or dismissed in great part because of the wide variety of ways it can manifest.

  • Drug Runner Comes to Christ

    Rachel Chimits
    May 16, 2019

    A drug user and alcoholic turns to God and becomes a respected member of his church and community.

    A Hard Crash

    Francis was a renowned weed smoker, drug supplier and drunkard in his Ugandan village.

    …“members of the community didn’t like me because of my habitual drinking and smoking,” said Francis. “I was always involved in bar fights and gambling, and I sold marijuana in the village. Parents didn’t want me near their children for fear I would recruit them into this devilish behavior.”

    He confessed that alcohol and marijuana also drove him to harass his wife on a daily basis. Painfully, he recalled one fateful evening when he stumbled home after getting extremely drunk and began beating his wife.

  • 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. 

  • Pray for the Worldwide Church

    Rachel Chimits
    May 14, 2019

    Pummeled with constant news about crises, it becomes tempting to simply ignore the persecution of our brothers and sisters around the world.

    In a sermon at Times Square Church, Pastor Carter Conlon pointed out, “Many today find themselves journeying through this season of despair….

    “As much as you know it, you’re doing what’s right. You’re trying to be a representative of Christ in this perishing world. But it looks so hopeless! Everything seems to be going the other way, and you wonder, ‘Will I ever make a difference?’” 

    Turning off the Feelings

    Often people respond to the overwhelming number of calamities in the news by simply lowering their eyes to whatever immediately affects them and shrugging off everything else.

  • 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 Question of Forgiveness

    Rachel Chimits
    May 10, 2019

    "Are there any circumstances, do you feel, where one can be a good Christian and yet not forgive?" —Queen Elizabeth II to Billy Graham, The Crown

    recent article about mental wellness advocated several appealing strategies for letting go of past hurts and creating healthier relationships: look for the positive in the situation, cultivate empathy for the other side and just move on.

    It sounds very nice, but how many people are actually able to do this?

    The real heart of the problem is that God was nowhere in this polite mix of pop-psychology and secular counciling.

  • 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.

  • Kenyan Widow Finding Freedom

    Rachel Chimits
    May 7, 2019

    One woman refused to allow tradition to separate her and her grandchildren, and God made a way for them.

    A woman in Kenya who has just lost her husband is immediately faced with a terrible choice: To be “cleansed” or not.

    A widow in Kenya is generally considered to be at best cursed and at worst a witch. “Cleansing” supposedly frees them from evil magic, or at least from their neighbors’ suspicion and vitriol.

    This process can range anywhere from being forced to sleep beside their husband’s dead body for three days all the way to being forced to have sex with a strange man and having their clothes burned.

  • A Leap of Faith

    Rachel Chimits
    May 6, 2019

    When we’re making major life decisions or are faced with a huge change, planning our next move can be challenging.

    David Brinkley is credited with having once said, “She took a leap of faith and grew her wings on the way down.”

    This advice seems in the same vein as popular “empowering” messages that Western media figures, celebrities and even some Christians toss around, pointing to the wild success stories of a few and neatly sidestepping all the shattered dreams of many others who inexplicably didn’t manage to sprout feathers.

    The dark side of this saying is its implication that whoever doesn’t achieve their goals is at fault for the failure.

    No pressure.