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  • When We Are One of the Unnamed

    Rachel Chimits
    January 15, 2020

    Defining what is service to God can be difficult, especially when we’re not in a quintessential Christian position or relatively unknown, so what counts in God’s eyes?

    The deacon Philip was what we might consider a very, very “good” Christian. He preached in Samaria, exorcised evil spirits, then evangelized to the Ethiopian eunuch and was teleported off by the Holy Spirit.

  • Helping Refugees in Turkey

    Rachel Chimits
    January 14, 2020

    For those who have been forced to flee from their homes, God offers hope and light in some very dark places.

    As conflict flares up in the Middle East, refugees are pouring out of war-torn areas. Their flight often takes them into Turkey since it is more stable socially and politically.

  • The Heavy Cost of Saying, “Yes”

    Rachel Chimits
    January 13, 2020

    Despite being one of the smallest answers or action we can give others, agreeing to engage with people is often costly, so how many of us say, “Yes”?

    In Foshan, China, two-year-old Wang Yue wandered into an alley-market behind her family’s house while her parents were working. She toddled forward, looking around curiously.

  • Feeling All Your Little Broken Pieces

    Rachel Chimits
    January 10, 2020

    Nothing is worse than feeling helpless in the face of danger, but what if God had a very specific plan for us in the moments when we’re powerless.

    One cold evening, my friend and I walked out of the theater, laughing about some scene in Thor: Ragnarok and then paused at the sight of blue and red flashing lights down the street.

    “Wonder what all the police are doing, blocking the road,” my friend said.

  • Street Kid Turned Neighborhood Evangelist

    Pacifique Nzoyisenga
    January 9, 2020

    World Challenge’s partners in Burundi run a children’s home and school so abandoned children can experience God’s love and care as well as grow into strong adults.

    When I first found Mukamarakiza, he was living on the streets in Ngozi.

    He’d been abandoned early and was 11 years old when we met, but unfortunately this is nothing unusual. Street children in Burundi are common, especially in the larger towns.

  • Not Knowing What the Future Holds

    Rachel Chimits
    January 8, 2020

    As we make plans for the future, how do we react to unexpected developments, danger and anything that threatens us?

    Accomplished high school athlete, Joni Eareckson Tada knew what her future held. At least, she thought she did until she dove into the Chesapeake Bay, hit her head on the sandy bottom and suddenly couldn’t move her hands or legs.

    Joni had just become a quadriplegic.

  • Who Is Calling Your Name?

    Rachel Chimits
    January 6, 2020

    When we make major decisions, we want to know we have God’s approval, but figuring out if we’re hearing his voice or our own desires can be challenging.

    Pastor Jim Cymbala explained an important point in knowing God’s direction, “I know some people don’t believe we can still hear God’s voice. ‘He has already said what he is going to say in the Bible.’

  • Rage Against the Machine…Or Not

    Rachel Chimits
    January 3, 2020

    Our God calls us to submit to those in power over us, but when is it okay to rebel against authority?

    In his book A View from the Zoo, Gary Richmond reminisced about how the most difficult aspect of his job as a zookeeper was often the people at the zoo, not the animals. He told the story of an elderly visitor who, in his words, “created more bedlam than any single visitor in the zoo’s history.”

  • Stitching a New Story

    Rachel Chimits
    January 2, 2020

    A young woman in India felt her life had effectively come to a close until she met people who were ready to show her Christ’s compassion.

    Yahvat* married her husband six years ago. Her family was quite poor, but she was hopeful for her future with this marriage.

    However, he neglected her. She hoped that things would improve with time, but instead the problems lingered, and no amount of prayers at the temples or incense or offerings seemed to improve her situation.