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  • Life Transformed

    Rachel Chimits
    December 27, 2018

    Making inroads with a Muslim neighborhood through community classes.

    With a population of about 164 million people, Bangladesh is one of the most unreached countries in the world, with 88 percent of people being Sunni Muslims and another 10 percent being Hindu. 

    The country’s official state religion is Islam, and although they have laws to uphold religious freedom, cases of harassment and violence toward non-Muslim individuals or organizations are frequently reported.

    The potential danger hasn’t stopped World Challenge partners who want to offer relief and education to those caught in desperate poverty.

    One partner* describes his experience: 

  • A Land of Crossroads

    Anna Kozlyuk
    December 20, 2018

    Great opportunities for redemption and growth are opening in the Balkans.

    The Balkans are a place where the East meets the West, Islam meets Christianity, Orthodoxy meets Catholicism, and Communism—at one point—met Democracy. 

    This area which contains Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, as well as parts of Greece, Turkey and Romania has been a historic crossroads for empires, armies and dictators for centuries. 

    War has ripped apart neighborhoods, religion has segregated towns, and politics has split families. Here, there are broken and hurting people that long to be a part of a community...any community.

    At World Challenge, we believe that among all of these divisions God can and will bring unity. 

  • A Garden of New Life

    Rachel Chimits
    December 18, 2018

    Kenyan believers are learning how God’s healing work spreads to every part of life.

    Isiolo is the scene of surprising and hopeful conflict. 

    The small town north of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is starting to become a tourist destination. It recently connected to two game reserves in the area, and its airport is now offering international flights. 

    The clash in Isiolo is between traditional practices and advances from economic development. Boda bodas, motorcycle taxis, still don’t adhere to most traffic rules despite growing road networks and an increasing population, and Meru elders argue over new names for the Isiolo Airport. 

    While traditionalists struggle with the changes their hometown is going through, many residents are opening up to new ways of life.

  • “I Cried Out to God for These Children . . .”

    Mark Buzzetta
    December 17, 2018


    Armenian children living in rubble. Please help us reach them. “A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor” (Proverbs 22:9, HCSB).

    “Driving along a desolate road, we came to a building in rubble, an abandoned house, which is home to a family of six. The husband/father is an alcoholic . . . the wife is mentally handicapped, and the four children live in the worst conditions I’ve seen.” — Armenia, June 2018

  • Heart Revival Among India’s Widows

    Rachel Chimits
    December 12, 2018

    God is setting India’s widows free from the weight of prejudice.

    To lose a spouse is a hard blow to the heart; but in India, the social ramifications can make it even harsher.

    One young Indian woman explains how widows are treated: “She is stigmatised as a woman who has failed to safeguard her husband’s life. Traditional beliefs hold that her husband is God and when he dies, she is expected to be grief-stricken, everlastingly, for the rest of her life.”

    Widows are viewed by India’s society as those who have lost what gives them value, not a view that God takes as the “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows...” —Psalms 68:5a ESV

  • A New Day for Lithuania

    Rachel Chimits
    December 11, 2018

    Children are finding God in the wake of war and occupation.

    Did you know that Lithuania has two independence days? This oddity hints at their tumultuous history clamped between the Baltic Sea and Russia. 

    Nearly fifty years after being annexed by the USSR, this small ex-soviet country is still finding its feet in the wake of an oppressive occupation. Issues with unemployment, substance abuse and domestic violence are common in Luthuania’s badly depressed economy. 

    Countless children from families in the low socioeconomic strata end up running around the streets unwatched for hours every day because their parents or guardians are at work or absent. 

  • A New Legacy for Nicaragua

    Rachel Chimits
    December 10, 2018

    As turmoil grips a country, a new generation is rising up to lead.

    The news is peppered with articles about government attacks on protestors and church leaders in Nicaragua. Reading all this, many might feel overwhelmed by the forces of evil, unrest and poverty in this small Central American country.

    Fortunately, God is moving his people to reach those who are lost and hurting.  

    One of World Challenge’s goals in missions has been to find local leaders whom God has called and empower them to carry out the mission God has given them. We also want to build long-term solutions to the issue of spiritual brokenness and physical poverty.

    The success of this strategy is becoming evident in Nicaragua.   

  • Hope for Albania’s Roma

    Rachel Chimits
    November 30, 2018

    God is reaching the Roma community in the midst of poverty and prejudice

    Recently, a member of the European Parliament pointed out, “There is not a single European country where Roma people have equal rights to non-Roma people. They are treated as a problem...”  

    The Roma community—sometimes called gypsies—desperately needs to know that God has a hope and future for them. Children, who bear the brunt of violence and neglect, are the most open to the gospel’s healing but also in the most danger. These children are often separated from their parents and left wandering the streets.

  • Meet the Most Forgotten...

    Mark Buzzetta
    November 16, 2018

    Who falls through the cracks most? Would you believe it is widows? World Challenge finds that widows around the globe are incredibly vulnerable—and heartbreakingly neglected. But not by us. And not by your caring gifts of support.

    Picture cold rain pouring down like ice needles and fog, masking the view of the mountains, as a woman, her daughter, and her grandson sit in their one-room cardboard shack. The little structure is riddled with gaps. Through them, the rain is turning this woman’s dirt floor into sticky mud. The small fire inside barely warms them even as it spews black smoke, adding to the quarter-inch-thick soot stains on the ceilings and walls.

  • “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).