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A Man Reborn

Rachel Chimits
April 17, 2019

“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” —John Chrysostom, "Doctor of the Church"

“Hopeless as a penny with a hole in it.” These were the words of some Kamdini residents to describe Robert Moro as they knew him a few years ago. 

You would be hard-pressed to recognize him anymore based on that description, and these days his neighbors are the ones seeking him out for help.

Survivors of the LRA

In the wake of Joseph Kony’s uprising and the Lord’s Resistance Army’s rampage across Northern Uganda, Robert and his family settled in Kamdini, battered and stripped of almost all their earthly belongings.

New Life in Uganda

Rachel Chimits
April 11, 2019

One village sent out someone to track down help for them, and today their lives are transformed.

In February, heat shimmers over the road. This is Uganda’s summer season, and temperatures soar to 95 degrees or higher at midday. This heralds the beginning of the Lira sub-region’s rainy season. 

Orumo’s residents are gathered under a mango tree as Steve Voyen, World Challenge’s director of Sub-Saharan development programs, and Dan, Uganda’s development director, pull up. 

An adult literacy lesson is taking place beneath the mango’s broad canopy that cuts the stifling heat. Students labor over a passage of scripture as Samuel, a local community trainer, teaches them to pronounce each word on the page. 

The Word in Your Language

Rachel Chimits
April 10, 2019

“I have also undertaken to translate the Bible into German. That was necessary for me; otherwise I might have died someday imagining that I was a learned man. Those who think themselves scholars should try to do this work.” —Martin Luther

From the time of Wycliffe, Huss, Luther, Erasmus and Tyndale until now Bible translation has been one of the foremost evangelistic tools and revolutionized societies on multiple levels as it increases literacy and encourages personal investigation of God’s Word.

One of the great challenges of the 20th and 21st centuries has been expanding translation into the languages of more remote people groups, whole-heartedly believing that God speaks in every tongue.

Helping Hands for U.S. Students

Rachel Chimits
April 9, 2019

Local churches, nonprofits and businesses have joined forces with their school district to help underprivileged students with spectacular results.

A few years ago, the Federal Department of Education found that 94 percent of teachers pay for classroom materials or students’ supplies out of their own pocket.

On average, these teachers spent around $480 with some footing a bill as large as $1,000 for school necessities.

While many teachers are finding outside grants and other innovative ways to raise funds for their classrooms, it can still be deeply disheartening to run out of extra pens, pencils, and notebooks and then find a student on the first day of school whose third- or fourth-hand backpack is empty.

Lost in Cambodia’s Jungle

World Challenge Staff
April 8, 2019

One woman fought a tremendous but losing battle to provide for her family alone until she met the God who saves.

Sokun, her husband and their three young children lived a village near the border of Cambodia and Thailand. The family had little income but were still making ends meet; Sokun sold vegetables in the local market, and her husband worked as a logger. 

The family was rattled, however, when Sokun’s younger sister showed up on their doorstep with her three daughters, all under 5 years old. Her husband had divorced her, and she now had little means with which to care for the children. 

She abandoned her daughters with Sokun. 

The family’s food store and already meager income simply couldn’t keep up with six children, most of them toddlers. 

Tea for Freedom

Andreas Steffensen
March 18, 2019

One man in Bangladesh found economic liberty with the help of godly community.

Bangladesh’s minimium wage workers toil in grindingly difficult jobs for an average monthly salary that is the equivalent of $63.

Amolla was one of these workers, supporting his family of six. If any of the children got sick, they had to visit a kabiraj, an unregistered medical practitioner.

Then a World Challenge ministry partner started a local care group, and Amolla and his wife joined.

Opening Up the Heart

The care group helped the couple come to know God, but their poverty still deeply troubled Amolla. Up to this point, he had avoided openly discussing his problems.

The Healing of Washing Hands

Rachel Chimits
April 5, 2019

“You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness…. I will give you long, full lives” (Exodus 23:25).

In the Lira region of Uganda, people were consistently afflicted with health issues that could sometimes turn deadly. Violent stomach illnesses and skin infections were often considered an unfortunate but unavoidable part of life. 

When World Challenge partners arrived, they found that only about 15 percent of the area had bathrooms, usually a pit dug in the ground. Human waste was regularly contaminating drinking water or causing other health issues. 

Even those who had a latrine were not much better off than those without because no one practiced even basic hand-washing. 

Secret Muslim to Freed Christian

Rachel Chimits
April 4, 2019

After growing up Muslim under Albania’s Communist government, a widow found spiritual and economic freedom in Christ.

In 1953, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached a sermon where he stated, “…the methods of communism are diametrically opposed to Christianity.”

That same year Stalin died, and the Soviet Union’s hold on many of its Eastern European holdings, including Albania, began to slip. However, it would not be until 1990 that communism would collapse in Albania, and its isolationist policies and rigid anti-religion laws would be abolished. 

Even today, the long wake of communism’s devastation is still being felt by many people in Albania’s rural towns and villages. 

A Village Much Like Many Others

Ibë is a small village about 12 miles south of Albania’s capital. 

Spirit of Healing in Brazil

Rachel Chimits
April 1, 2019

Out of desperation, one little girl cried out to God to heal her father and her family.

Walking down a dusty sunbeaten road outside of Fortaleza, you might not realize that you’re only a half an hour drive from those gorgeous white beaches where the world’s top athletes played volleyball in the 2016 Olympics. 

While those summer games brought Brazil’s natural beauty to the world’s attention, it also made many people aware of the country’s gang violence, state corruption and sweeping poverty.   

As one of Brazil’s biggest cities, Fortaleza has some of the country’s most breathtaking beaches and dreariest ghettos, a portrait of the fabulously wealthy and the desperately poor living side-by-side. 

Mongolia: A New Spiritual Frontier

Steve Otradovec
February 18, 2019

Mongolia may be often forgotten by the outside world, but its believers are crying out for the Holy Spirit to sweep their country like a powerful wind.

A Deep Darkness

During the World Challenge team’s time in Mongolia, we started discussing how deep-rooted cultural beliefs impact behavior with our new Mongolian friends.

A member spoke up. “Here it’s believed that men shouldn’t show any emotional ‘weakness.’ Boys are taught to repress their emotions, which often leads to unhealthy relationships later in life.”