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  • Diving Into the Ocean Depths

    Rachel Chimits
    June 11, 2020

    One local man ultimately came to know God through a tragic accident while free-diving in Nicaragua.

    In Nicaragua, seafood is the second most important national export after coffee. Lobster diving is a major business there, and many of the best hunting spots are concentrated in the Autonomous Regions of the Atlantic Coast.

  • The Many Names of God

    Rachel Chimits
    June 10, 2020

    By some counts, the Bible offers over 20 distinctly different names for God, but why does it do this?

    According to some sources, God’s multiple titles and names included in the Bible are based off of the tradition of ancient rulers to give themselves many grandiose labels. The only problem with this is since when has God ever had any need to compete or adhere to human traditions?

    If he isn’t playing along with some human tradition, then, why are these titles given to us?

  • Making Peace at Home

    Rachel Chimits
    June 9, 2020

    World Challenge partners around the world but particularly in Central Asia are working to make children safe at home despite the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Chances are good that if you’re a parent, you can quote Ephesians 6:1-3 by heart. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.’”

  • Forged in the Right Fire

    Rachel Chimits
    June 8, 2020

    The world and the Bible have very different ideas about love in all its various forms, so where exactly do these definitions diverge?

    The age-old human tradition of rubbernecking at dumpster fires is a well-documented one and thoroughly practiced throughout all generations, ranging anywhere from the 1897 novel Irene Iddesleigh to the Netflix documentary Tiger King and beyond.

  • A Reflection on George Floyd and Our Nation’s Pain

    Rachel Chimits
    June 5, 2020

    The people of the United States are being wracked by grief and anger once more over the prevalent issue of racism; in this hour, how can followers of Christ respond?

    The death of one man in Minneapolis has become the poignant reminder of lifelong and often ignored discrimination that many American citizens of color face every day. From this moment there rose a cry for justice to be done.

  • The Door to a New Life

    Rachel Chimits
    June 4, 2020

    One brave girl survived years of abuse and then found a way to reunite with her brothers as God opened the way for her to discover a new life.

    The story of Mia’s life is one of a redeemed past opening doors to a new future.

    Her mom remarried when she was fairly young, and from that moment on, Mia’s life wasn’t the same anymore.

  • I Wish I Was Someone Else

    Rachel Chimits
    June 3, 2020

    When we struggle with the unlikable parts of ourselves, what do we wish we could change and how do we take this out on others?

    If you’re anything like me, the rule against coveting in the Ten Commandments is easy to brush off.

    “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's” (Exodus 20:17, ESV).

  • Block 38’s Cleanliness Campaign

    Rachel Chimits
    June 2, 2020

    One community in the Philippines banded together to transform their neighborhood so successfully that even their city's government took notice.

    Block 38 is a lively, urban-poor community located in Mandaluyong City. The neighborhood is congested with more than 16,000 citizens crowded into narrow lanes and small houses. 

    Crooked alleyways are crammed with sari-sari stories, food stalls and packs of children running between pedestrian traffic.