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  • How to Make Our Faith Grow

    Rachel Chimits
    June 25, 2019

    We can be told to “just have more faith” or even pray for more faith, but there are also specific steps we can take to help strengthen our faith.

    “Faith is on the rise,” reports The Guardian magazine, “and 84% of the global population identifies with a religious group.”

    The article more or less touts this as a positive statistic, but its stance only brings up the real questions: “What are people putting their faith in?” and “How does this faith help people?” 

  • A Prayer for Ukraine

    Rachel Chimits
    June 21, 2019

    Gary Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz offered a conference to refresh pastors in Ukraine and over 10,000 church leaders arrived to hear them.

    Chernivtsi, or Cernăuți as it is called by the Romanians, has been called “Jerusalem upon the Prut” for its strategic location between Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.

    It has traditionally been a cosmopolitan city, home to many Romanians, Germans, Russians, Poles, Hungarians, Roma and Jews.

  • An Endemic Spread of Ebola

    Rachel Chimits
    June 20, 2019

    World Challenge partners in Sub-Saharan Africa are faced with another outbreak of one of the worst diseases in modern history.

    This June, the first Ebola deaths occurred in Uganda.

    The infections in Uganda confirmed that the deadly outbreak has spread for the first time beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Working in the Graveyards

    Rachel Chimits
    June 19, 2019

    Bangladesh’s most impoverished and discriminated-against group is slowly opening up to outsiders and the good news of Jesus Christ.

    Aatmaja waits by the gates, wreathed in the scents of smoldering camphor and incense, burning bamboo and bodies.

  • God’s Greatest Commands

    World Challenge Staff
    June 17, 2019

    When Priya* and her husband accepted Christ, their neighbors weren’t excited. Vicious gossip began circulating, and the pressure to convert back to Hinduism became intense.

    “At times,” she confessed, “I wanted to give up and become Hindu again.”

    World Challenge partners came to Priya’s church and talked about living as a light for God in the neighborhood.

  • Caring for the Homeless in Lithuania

    Rachel Chimits
    June 12, 2019

    One woman is working hard to make sure that those often neglected by her hometown have somewhere safe to go. 

    Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, is the country’s largest city and famous for its historical architecture. Mark Buzzetta, Director of World Challenge’s Mercy Missions, wasn’t there to see castles and museums, though. Instead, he was looking for a food kitchen.

  • Youth in the Heart of Africa

    Arthur Manirambona
    June 11, 2019

    Concern for the young people and future of Burundi is what drives one young man, a World Challenge scholarship student at Summit.

    I am from Bujumbura, the capital city* of Burundi in East Africa.

    Raised in a non-Christian family, I started drinking when I was 6 years old. It’s not uncommon for people to start drinking at an early age with the traditions in our community.