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  • Lost in Cambodia’s Jungle

    World Challenge Staff
    April 8, 2019

    One woman fought a tremendous but losing battle to provide for her family alone until she met the God who saves.

    Sokun, her husband and their three young children lived a village near the border of Cambodia and Thailand. The family had little income but were still making ends meet; Sokun sold vegetables in the local market, and her husband worked as a logger. 

    The family was rattled, however, when Sokun’s younger sister showed up on their doorstep with her three daughters, all under 5 years old. Her husband had divorced her, and she now had little means with which to care for the children. 

    She abandoned her daughters with Sokun. 

    The family’s food store and already meager income simply couldn’t keep up with six children, most of them toddlers. 

  • The Healing of Washing Hands

    Rachel Chimits
    April 5, 2019

    “You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness…. I will give you long, full lives” (Exodus 23:25).

    In the Lira region of Uganda, people were consistently afflicted with health issues that could sometimes turn deadly. Violent stomach illnesses and skin infections were often considered an unfortunate but unavoidable part of life. 

    When World Challenge partners arrived, they found that only about 15 percent of the area had bathrooms, usually a pit dug in the ground. Human waste was regularly contaminating drinking water or causing other health issues. 

    Even those who had a latrine were not much better off than those without because no one practiced even basic hand-washing. 

  • Secret Muslim to Freed Christian

    Rachel Chimits
    April 4, 2019

    After growing up Muslim under Albania’s Communist government, a widow found spiritual and economic freedom in Christ.

    In 1953, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached a sermon where he stated, “…the methods of communism are diametrically opposed to Christianity.”

    That same year Stalin died, and the Soviet Union’s hold on many of its Eastern European holdings, including Albania, began to slip. However, it would not be until 1990 that communism would collapse in Albania, and its isolationist policies and rigid anti-religion laws would be abolished. 

    Even today, the long wake of communism’s devastation is still being felt by many people in Albania’s rural towns and villages. 

    A Village Much Like Many Others

    Ibë is a small village about 12 miles south of Albania’s capital. 

  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    World Challenge Staff
    April 2, 2019

    A new community center and school in Lebanon becomes a refuge to the delight of many local children.

    Remodeling a building into a community center and school would be an incredible task, but to accomplish this in just a few months might require a miracle. However, World Challenge partners in Lebanon were determined to do just that so they could receive 300 new students.

    The air was filled with the smell of cut wood, drywall and paint. The lot’s previous owner had left a boat in the yard, sadly adrift in the midst of contractors, machinery and the general hubbub of a construction site.

    The children were due to arrive in days.

    The new center had no doors, no windows, no tiles, no heating, no running water, and no bathrooms yet. It was like someone rushing to get dressed as the doorbell rings.

  • Spirit of Healing in Brazil

    Rachel Chimits
    April 1, 2019

    Out of desperation, one little girl cried out to God to heal her father and her family.

    Walking down a dusty sunbeaten road outside of Fortaleza, you might not realize that you’re only a half an hour drive from those gorgeous white beaches where the world’s top athletes played volleyball in the 2016 Olympics. 

    While those summer games brought Brazil’s natural beauty to the world’s attention, it also made many people aware of the country’s gang violence, state corruption and sweeping poverty.   

    As one of Brazil’s biggest cities, Fortaleza has some of the country’s most breathtaking beaches and dreariest ghettos, a portrait of the fabulously wealthy and the desperately poor living side-by-side. 

  • The Orphans of Romania

    Rachel Chimits
    March 29, 2019

    God moved one man’s heart in a way that has now saved over one hundred abandoned children.

    In the 1980’s, Romania was one of the most tightly controlled Communist nations in Eastern Europe under the iron fist of Nicolae Ceaușescu. During his rule, he decided to increase the population in order to build his tax base, and all forms of birth control were outlawed.   

    As families grew, they often couldn’t afford to feed or care for the new babies. Thousands of parents abandoned their children every year, swamping state hospitals or orphanages. 

    Wards of the State were frequently abused and living in horrendous conditions. In 1989, the Ceaușescu regime was overthrown in a violent revolution, and aid groups were finally allowed into the country. 

  • A Little Light for India

    Rachel Chimits
    March 27, 2019

    Numbers of abandoned or neglected children are rising, and authorities are constricting who can help.

    Children are one of the most vulnerable populations in India, and the country is home to an estimated 30 million orphans with countless more who are left unattended while their parents work.

    Local laws sharply restrict foster and adoption agencies while increasing numbers of children fall prey to criminals on the black market who hunt for cheap child labor.

    Others are lost when their parents are blackmailed into given up their child to racketeers looking to make a tidy profit off sex trafficking.

  • Prayer Answered with a Snake

    World Challenge Staff
    March 26, 2019

    God is providing for church planters in Northern Cambodia through some of the most unusual and marvelous means.

    “Creator God,” Daly prayed, “please bless us with meat for our younger brother’s birthday. We have so little, but you give us everything we need day by day, and—”

    A piercing scream stopped her cold. 

    She leaped to her feet and dashed toward the sound. With ten adopted children around the house, there was no lack of shrieks and shouts, but this one had a tone of terror that cut like broken glass. 

    The other children came running to join Daly as she called for whomever had screamed. Finally, the little girl burst from the bushes on the other side of their field, her face locked in horror. 

    “Sat pua!” she cried as she ran. “Snake—a big snake!” 

  • Aftereffects of Cyclone Idai

    Rachel Chimits
    March 22, 2019

    Thousands of people are still suffering from the flooding and destruction caused by one of this year’s worst tropical storms in Africa.

    Tropical cyclone Idai has caused tremendous devastation and loss for the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

    More than 200 people in Mozambique have been confirmed dead, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi told journalists on Tuesday.

    While Idai is already being counted as one of the deadliest tropical cyclones to hit southern Africa, the potential damage and danger from floods following the cyclone’s torrential rains could make its impact even worse. 

  • Bucharest’s Lost Children

    Patrick Dow and Alicia Dow
    March 21, 2019

    Romania’s capital has an enormous orphan population desperately seeking their true Father.

    Nicky Cruz recently joined with Gary Wilkerson and the World Challenge team for a pastors’ conference as well as several city-wide crusades in Romania.

    While Nicky became very well known for his role in David Wilkerson’s life and later book and movie, The Cross and the Switchblade, he has spent decades since ministering to thousands of young people, addicts and broken families. 

    With his personal experience and compassion for those who have become lost on the streets, Nicky is ideally suited to reach them with God’s message of healing. 

    Inside One Woman’s Experience

    Romania has suffered from a years-long epidemic of sex trafficking and prostitution, especially among homeless street-kids.