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  • A Witchdoctor Comes to Christ

    Rachel Chimits
    September 17, 2019

    India is a land of intense spiritual darkness, but in the midst of this, God is calling out his children to light and new life.

    “Shitala” in Sanskrit means “the one who cools,” and among the Hindu gods, she is believed to cure people of skin diseases and fevers, particularly children. Her day of worship comes right after Holi, the festival of love where people are called to forgive others and repair broken relationships.

  • Feet That Carry the Gospel

    Rachel Chimits
    September 16, 2019

    World Challenge partners are working to make sure one very special Cambodian girl can make it through school. 

    When Rachana was a baby, her feet were unusually large. Her parents examined them then shrugged. They had no money to take her to a doctor, so like many Cambodian parents, they simply made do as best they could.

  • Living With Strange Wisdom

    Rachel Chimits
    September 13, 2019

    The ways that believers approach money should be one of the most striking things that people outside of the church notice about us.

    In 1973, J. Paul Getty’s grandson was kidnapped and held for a $17 million ransom. The oil tycoon was, at that time, the richest man in the world. Despite this, he refused to pay anything to save his grandchild until another family member convinced him to at least contribute to the rescue.

  • Escaping the Lord’s Resistance Army

    Rachel Chimits
    September 12, 2019

    One widow remembers her harrowing childhood being taken captive by Uganda’s LRA and then barely surviving a tragic accident in a refugee camp.

    How many of you remember the Kony2012 video?

    It was a call to action, a cry for us to stop the human rights violations and atrocities that the Lord’s Resistance Army was inflicting on central Africa. In a few days, the video garnered millions of views.

  • Two Versions of the Future

    Rachel Chimits
    September 11, 2019

    “Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily…” (Luke 18:7-8 ESV).

    French has two forms of future tense: “l’avenir” and “le futur.”

    The first form refers to what will result from people’s actions in the present. The second is more ambiguous and open-ended because there are simply certain turns in future events that cannot be predicted.

  • A Cambodian Family in Christ

    Rachel Chimits
    September 10, 2019

    God heard one woman’s prayers for what seemed like an impossible situation with her husband.

    The border of Cambodia has known decades of conflict as French colonialists, the kingdom of Siam and the Khmer Rouge swept the whole region like a deadly blaze.

    Throughout it all, many people clung to their traditional religion as the last bastion of their culture: Buddhism mixed with ancestor worship and animistic spirits.

  • From Abandoned to Adored Daughter

    Rachel Chimits
    September 5, 2019

    A young woman trying to find her own freedom instead discovered that she couldn't escape her family's sorrows without God's help.

    The Teen Challenge in Eswatini is dedicated to not only helping those struggling with addictions to recover, but also helping them reconnect with their families and children.

  • Should Church Be the Lord’s Gym?

    Rachel Chimits
    September 4, 2019

    Many believers have a spotty history with fitness, and the Bible says nearly nothing about it, so Christians often struggle with how they should approach this aspect of care for our bodies. 

    “Lord’s Gym: Bench Press This!”

    Seeing this 90s t-shirt’s logo of Jesus bench-pressing the cross was the first time I’d ever really thought about God and working out, mostly because Christ in the illustration was…well, extremely buff.