development programs

Close Call in Cambodia

World Challenge Staff

One girl narrowly escapes trafficking as the church takes action. 

Cambodia is a country that has been wracked by wars instigated by both outside countries and internal unrest. As cities and economies attempt to recover, unscrupulous outside businesses often come in to exploit the people for cheap labor. 

Many children in Southeast Asia have lost their parents to the conflicts that have repeatedly swept the region, diseases like HIV and factory accidents. 

A Town in India Renewed

Rachel Chimits

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 NKJV

The village would remind most of us of a maze, but one with mud walls as high as a man’s head. Only these walls are part of people’s homes.

During the heavy seasonal rains, the houses would erode to expose straw and sticks used to reinforce the mud. The walkways become shin-deep sludge, and in the doorways, children poke out their heads to watch the rain. 

The God Who Cares

Steve Otradovec

“Evangelism without social action is irrelevant to human need, and social action without evangelism is flowers without fruit.” —Dr. Gordon Moyes

In a Northern village of Cambodia, not far from the Thai border, the World Challenge poverty solutions team was at work to change people’s perception of the gospel. 

In this training, the team emphasized that God’s word offers life-changing solutions to real-life situations and challenges. 

The Wisdom of Ages in India

Rachel Chimits

As one woman in India learns about God, her entire village is changing. 

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge...” (Proverbs 1:5-7a ESV)

Blerta Kamberi: Loving Albania

Rachel Chimits

God is raising up leaders to help heal his people in the Balkans.

Loving society’s most marginalized can often feel like an overwhelming task, but for Blerta Kamberi, it has become her heart’s desire and her full-time job. 

Blerta is a leader of CHE Albania, one of World Challenge’s ministry partners in the Balkans, and she focuses on serving the Roma community, sometimes called gypsies.