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  • Running the Good Race

    Rachel Chimits
    June 6, 2019

    Pastors around the world need encouragement, refreshment and prayer from their fellow believers.

    Recently, Gary Wilkerson, Kelly Wilkerson, Nicky Cruz and Carter Conlon were invited along with other pastors and leaders to speak at a pastors’ conference in Kenya. 

    The vice president of Kenya’s wife, Rachel Ruto, is passionate about encouraging the church in her country. She organized and laid the way for everyone who came to speak as well as for many of the attendees to be aware of the event and able to attend.

    The purpose of this conference was to encourage Kenya’s spiritual leaders, whether they were from a Nairobi megachurch or a tiny village’s house church. 

  • An Orphan Turned Mother

    Rachel Chimits
    June 4, 2019

    Many of Lithuania’s children have grown up without families, but one woman is working to give them a home.

    Reda spent four years in a children’s home during the Soviet occupation of Lithuania. Later, as a young adult, she was moved to a dormitory with other children like herself. No one seemed to care about them, and they had to find jobs and otherwise prepare for the adult world alone.

    “There was no help for kids in the homes,” she said, remembering that time. “Even then I wondered why.”

    When she turned 24, Reda was saved, and she strongly felt the Lord said, “Reach out to these children.” God gave her a wonderful husband, and they began raising their own family, but God’s call on her life was always in the back of her mind.

  • Why People Leave Church

    Rachel Chimits
    June 3, 2019

    In our current culture of pluralism and individuality, a fair amount of controversy surrounds church, who leaves and why they leave.

    Pew Research Center survey found that one in every two self-identified Christian believers who don’t attend church say that they “practice their faith in other ways.”

    In the same survey, over half also said their absence was because they hadn’t found “a church or house of worship they liked.”

    About 48 percent cited “not enough time” as their reason for not going to church.

  • A Beautiful Home

    Rachel Chimits
    May 30, 2019

    God brought one young woman out of a seemingly hopeless spiral and then blessed her with an incredible surprise.

    Ashley was a cheerleader at her high school. Popular, pretty, she had ambitious dreams for a future in the medical field.

    Life was buzzing right along between her family and friends, figuring out who was secretly crushing on whom, prepping for the next prom and keeping abreast of the most recent gossip about that hot new kid in her class.

    She had her feet on the car’s dash, absently chatting to her friend and checking her phone when a car smashed into them.

    A flare of light, a fan of shattered glass wrapped around the screech of bending metal.  

  • Mercy in the Slum

    Rachel Chimits
    May 29, 2019

    In Kenya’s grittiest and most impoverished sector, God is bringing incredible change to people’s hearts and lives.

    As the sun rises on the eastern part of Kenya’s capital, it brings to light one of the world largest slums: Mathare.

    The third largest in Africa, this slum is home to some 500,000 people scraping together a living in grinding poverty.

    Despite an initiative by Kenya’s government to provide the slums with better sanitation, a single toilet in Mathare may be shared by as few as 70 people or as many as several hundred. Hygiene is an issue, to say the least.

  • Seeing Blessings in Guatemala

    Rachel Chimits
    May 28, 2019

    World Challenge partners help widows in Latin America receive back their sight. 

    Rosa feels along the brick wall of her kitchen. Only the size of a living room in many Americans’ houses, her home is simple and clean. At least, she hopes it’s clean. She’s swept like always, bumping the broom between the table and chairs’ legs.

    Something clatters cross the floor, and she pauses, trying to squint through grainy gloom at whatever’s fallen.

    She squats and extends her hands, feeling lumps and realizes they are the plantains she purchased in the market yesterday.

  • Darkness on Peru’s Emerald Mountains

    Rachel Chimits
    May 24, 2019

    Major challenges are facing the church in Peru as they look for ways to serve their society’s most vulnerable. 

    This spring, Director of Mercy Ministries Mark Buzzetta traveled to Cusco, Peru to connect with a local church doing great work caring for widows.

    The trip was eye-opening to Peru’s great natural beauty and local struggles, coming almost as often from floods of global tourists to their region as well as stifling animist traditions.

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    The Chicago Tribune pointed out the sad state of Peru’s massive tourist attraction, Machu Picchu, and by connection, Cusco.

  • Ebola Outbreak in the Congo

    Rachel Chimits
    May 23, 2019

    Government organizations and churches are working side-by-side to help save people from one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

    The current Ebola outbreak in the Congo is quickly becoming one of the deadliest in history, second only to the 2014 to 2016 epidemic that raged across West African, killing more than 11,300 people.

    On April 30th of last year, several cases of Ebola were confirmed in the city of Mabalako. By October, the disease was swiftly beginning to spread to other major north-eastern cities. Doctors and other health professionals worked furiously to contain this budding epidemic, and for a while, it looked like they may have succeeded.

    However, a surge of new cases turned up this March, hitting all of the previous hotbed areas once more.

  • Protecting Mothers and the Unborn

    Rachel Chimits
    May 22, 2019

    In the Philippines, church workers are helping educate pregnant women about how to keep themselves and their babies healthy.

    Pregnancy usually means extra doctor visits to make sure the mother and baby stay healthy.

    Some women, however, don’t have this option because either they live in a remote village or it’s not traditional practice. They often don’t realize the many health benefits that preventative care can offer both them and their child.

    In the Philippines, World Challenge partners have begun offering “mothers’ classes” for pregnant women in rural or poorer areas. 

  • The Problem of Happiness

    Rachel Chimits
    May 21, 2019

    “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy, and at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11 ESV).

    In her 2011 book, Ellen DeGeneres said, "…the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself. Happiness comes from within. You have the power to change your own mindset so that all the negative, horrible thoughts that try to invade your psyche are replaced with happy, positive, wonderful thoughts."

    This advice sounds very catchy and pleasant. In some limited ways, it’s correct; we do have control over our reactions to bad circumstances. We come up against the limits of positive thinking rather quickly, however.