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  • “Please Bring the Gospel to Our Village!”

    Andreas Steffensen
    October 15, 2018

    Do you ever wonder if your prayers and financial support for World Challenge really make a difference?  Look no further than a “Macedonian call” from a rugged desert vista in the hills of Kenya.

    “Please bring the Gospel to our village,” a local chief from the Samburu tribe pleaded with our team.  “We have no church!”  It reminded us of Paul’s vision of the Macedonian man begging him to “Come over to Macedonia and help us” (Acts 16:9).

  • Ebola Crisis Strikes the D.R. Congo

    World Challenge Staff
    August 24, 2018

    The recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has taken over 60 lives. One of those lives was a congregant of our local church partner. We plan to aid in stopping this crisis by extending much-needed training and preventative measures to 60 local churches at the epicenter of the crisis. Part of those preventative measures is handwashing stations that will be placed outside the churches for attendees and community members to use freely. This will help stem the tide as the disease spreads through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of infected persons.

  • To Love an Enemy

    Roger Hayslip
    August 20, 2018

    Courageous Home Missionaries in the Middle East | Magdy walked away from the comforts God had blessed him with: a dream job, financial security, and his supportive Christian community. He and Rima, his wife, knew they were uniquely equipped for a mission field where few could go.

     

  • Tremendous Need After Catastrophic Flooding in Laos

    World Challenge Staff
    August 3, 2018

    Last week, a catastrophe occurred in Southern Laos displacing more than 6000 people in hours. A newly constructed dam collapsed under immense pressure from heavy monsoon rains. Nearly 5 billion cubic meters of water were released. This torrent of water and mud has swallowed entire villages, demolished roads, and drenched food sources – devastating lives. Today, thousands are still stranded, hundreds are missing and more than 30 confirmed dead. Sadly, it seems this could have been averted. According to the country's Minister of Energy and Mines, "substandard construction" caused the collapse. Even as they continue working around the clock to rescue people and recover bodies, additional concerns have arisen. During the Vietnam war, millions of tons of cluster bombs were dropped on Southern Laos, particularly in this province.

  • Sparks of Hope Become Currents of Change

    Andreas Steffensen
    July 16, 2018

    Miracles Take Place in Africa

    The jungles of war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo teem with warring rebel groups. Some are former perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. Some are Islamic militants who fled Uganda. Altogether, more than 70 armed groups operate in the region, making prospects for peace grim.

    Yet in the nearby village of Cantina, where World Challenge has been involved in ministry, peace and joy are spreading rapidly.  A local pastor recently dedicated the 9th new church planted under his leadership in just 3 years. What has sparked such vibrant hope in the shadow of armed conflict?

  • Sustainable Hope to Combat Disaster

    Andreas Steffensen
    July 12, 2018

    How Pastors in Malawi are United in Overcoming Poverty and Disaster

    I recently followed up on an invitation to visit Malawi in southern Africa. Francis, a local ministry leader and I had slowly been getting to know each other via text messages and emails. He’d told me about his work strengthening rural pastors, amidst the poverty, witchcraft, drought and countless other challenges faced by people in Chikwawa.

  • An Unlikely Catalyst for Change

    Steve Otradovec
    July 11, 2018

    Lasting change in one of the few remaining communist countries in the world

    In this Southeast Asian country, Christians, while tolerated in major urban hubs, still face daily hardship and persecution from communist hard-liners who see religion as a threat to their way of life. Mr. Phoum is a former atheist and Soviet-trained livestock farmer. His life radically changed 10 years ago when his cousin, a drunken gambler, suddenly acquired a disabling illness. Her erratic behavior and alcohol-induced antics were well-known and neighbors believed her worthy of whatever shame and disease came upon her except one brave local pastor.

  • The Captivity of Broken Belief

    Benjamin Demblowski
    July 11, 2018

    Changing Minds Leads to God-inspired Hope for the Future

    Isaiah 48:17 “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.”

    World Poverty Solutions was invited to share its vision for sustainable development with a group of 30 pastors from Burundi. One of the pastors heard of the work we are doing in other parts of Africa and wondered if God would begin to move in his community too. After seeing and experiencing many years of struggle in his family and community he felt now was the time that God would fulfill his word.