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Once Sealed. Now a Mission Field!

Benjamin Demblowski
January 21, 2019

A once-closed door is open! God has opened it for Christians like you and me, in America, to help transform Cuba for Christ. Decades of socialism and tight government control left many Cuban men and women helpless to solve their own problems. Yet God has a very different plan for the nation of Cuba.

Over the past several months, several pastors have caught a God-sized vision for the future of Cuba. They began working to bring economic and social rejuvenation to their depressed communities. They’re sharing it with their house churches, the place where godly change begins . . . and spreading it.

The God Who Cares

Steve Otradovec
January 25, 2019

“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. 

Kimhourn, a young farmer in the area with a strong work ethic, was at the meeting and listening intently. He’d been vocal about his struggles to raise healthy chickens that were a key source of protein for his family. "Many of my chickens die every season,” he lamented. “I'm really upset because I don't know why.”

Expanding in Swaziland

Rachel Chimits
January 28, 2019

The gospel is spreading through Africa’s smallest country in new and innovative ways.

Eswatini, which was known as Swaziland until its king changed the name last year, is a country in southern Africa about the size of Massachusetts andwhere many of its people live in poverty and fear of HIV.  

Frustration with the lack of improvements promised by Eswatini’s government has mounted in recent years. World Challenge’s partners, however, have put their hope for change in God’s work in their neighbors’ hearts and outlook on life.

In the northern highlands, the team was already running a children’s home and farm, but they were looking for a way to increase their blessings on the community.

Rescued from a Congo Hospital

Rachel Chimits
January 30, 2019

God reached one woman through the grace and love of a church.

Wracked by a devastating war in 1998, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are still recovering in many ways, healing that has been delayed by corrupt government and militant groups.

About 63 percent of the DRC’s population lives below the poverty line, despite the country’s wealth of natural resources. To make matters worse, the country has been afflicted by several Ebola outbreaks in the last year, some even as recent as this last December. 

Heavy reliance on government and outside subsidizes has continued to undercut many of the Congolese people. 

A Mother in Need 

At the northeast end of DRC, in Beni’s Ndindi district, World Challenge’s partners are working to help the community become more self-sufficient. 

The Wisdom of Ages in India

Rachel Chimits
January 29, 2019

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)

It’s easy sometimes to forget how many scientific and medical advances were the work of men and women who were seeking God and the pattern of his fingerprints in nature and our own bodies.

How easily we can lose sight of the almighty God behind technology and intellectual institutions. 

Similarly, people who have come to know Christ from another religion have not always followed the thread of their new faith into the ordinary, everyday aspects of their lives. 

Continuing to Pray for California

Rachel Chimits
January 15, 2019

“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalms 34:17-18 NLT).

Since the Golden State’s fires have been contained, they have also died down in the news, but for thousands of displaced people, the tragedy is anything but over.

The Camp Fire, Carr Fire, Woolsey Fire, Ranch Fire in Mendocino, and Ferguson Fire are more than mere names or former news reels for thousands of people who have lost homes or loved ones.

Reports have been estimating that just under two million acres were burned. Houses and buildings destroyed numbered in the tens of thousands. Whole neighborhoods seemed as if they had simply been wiped away.

From Listening to Leading

World Challenge Staff
April 14, 2018

Opportunities to Preach the Gospel Open Up for a Bangladeshi Women’s Care Group

Like many women in underdeveloped nations, the women of a Bangladeshi community were isolated, unheard and illiterate. Without the ability to read and write, small things, like going to the market for goods, were an ordeal. They would get robbed by sellers as they didn’t understand basic arithmetic. Going home shortchanged and unable to meet their immediate needs.

Agents of Change

World Challenge Staff
May 15, 2018

An Open Window of Blessing in Albania

Transformation starts with the unassuming message that Jesus loves you. Those three profoundly simple, but potent words have the power to change the course of history, but they can also humbly save a family by first touching the life of an innocent child. In our most recent trip to the Balkan region of eastern Europe, we were blessed to hear about the story of a little girl who helped to restore her family through the love of Jesus Christ.