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  • 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. 

  • Haiti’s Growing Churches

    Benjamin Demblowski
    March 20, 2019

    God is awakening believers in Haiti to new ways that he wants to renovate their lives and work.

    Flying over Cap-Haïtien on one of Haiti’s breathlessly clear days reveals lush green mountain tops that effortlessly roll down into golden coastlines and gem-like tropical waters. At first glance, one would think this must be paradise. 

    However, the scene on the ground is a very different view. 

    Exiting the small airport, I was instantly mobbed by overly enthusiastic men frantically vying to take my luggage. They probably hoped that I’d let them escort me to my destination and capitalize on what they would consider a rich foreigner. 

  • Unseen in the Middle East

    Rachel Chimits
    March 19, 2019

    God is reaching out and caring for those who are considered a burden by their society.

    You are driving down a rural backroad in the Middle East. To pass through a check-point on the road, you must have cigarettes and spare change.

    The soldiers are friendly, smiling and waving through the car windows. They’ll accept the cigarettes and coins as ‘gifts’ and not ask too many questions as you drive through, especially if your car has a license plate from the right countries. 

    In town there are no sidewalks, no traffic signs, no lanes or parking rules. A faded yellow cab barrels down your side of the road as the driver lays on the horn and swerves around a donkey-drawn cart. Children dart between the cars like dragonflies. 

  • Tea for Freedom

    Andreas Steffensen
    March 18, 2019

    One man in Bangladesh found economic liberty with the help of godly community.

    Bangladesh’s minimium wage workers toil in grindingly difficult jobs for an average monthly salary that is the equivalent of $63.

    Amolla was one of these workers, supporting his family of six. If any of the children got sick, they had to visit a kabiraj, an unregistered medical practitioner.

    Then a World Challenge ministry partner started a local care group, and Amolla and his wife joined.

    Opening Up the Heart

    The care group helped the couple come to know God, but their poverty still deeply troubled Amolla. Up to this point, he had avoided openly discussing his problems.

  • A Vision for Macedonia

    March 15, 2019

    While many younger people are fleeing the Balkans, God is calling one World Challenge scholarship student and others like him back to their homeland.

    I come from east Macedonia, and I was raised up in a Christian family. All of my life, I’ve known who God is. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit when I was eleven and then baptized in water when I was fifteen. 

    Because I didn’t have Christian friends, though, I lived in the world. I started to gamble, drink and go to clubs with my friends. 

    I sat on two chairs, one in the world and one with God. I knew something was wrong, that I should change my life, but I liked having my own way. I told myself, ‘My father is a pastor, and every Sunday I sit in church, so I’m safe. I’m going to heaven.’