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  • 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.

  • Playing That Dangerous Blame Game

    Rachel Chimits
    December 30, 2019

    When we choose poorly and hurt ourselves or others, we often find it incredibly easy to shift the blame away from ourselves, but in doing so, we only do more damage.

    Mutsuhiro Watanabe was better known to the captives of Japan’s most infamous concentration camps as “the Bird” so that they could warn one another when he was coming without him knowing.