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  • Coming Together in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

    Jim Palumbo
    September 11, 2017

    The incredible charity we are witnessing as people come together in the wake of hurricane Harvey’s devastation is praiseworthy. Citizen heroes are performing unbelievable feats of selflessness to save lives, and keep people safe.

    One of our board members (on the right) went to survey the aftermath and lend a hand where possible. He caught up with these brave boat captains from south Texas who took time off of work and trailered their boats to Houston at their own expense to rescue people from flooded neighborhoods. After this photo was taken near Buffalo Bayou, they loaded their boats on trailers, answering a call for help from officials in nearby Katy, Texas.

  • Pray for Houston

    Gary Wilkerson
    September 5, 2017
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    Hurricane Harvey, the largest rainfall event in US history, has dumped nearly 25 trillion gallons of rain, 19 trillion on Texas. This is enough rain to cover the entire United States nearly 1/2 inch deep. To think of it another way, if the Mississippi River were emptying into Houston, it would take 18 days for it to equal the volume of rain left behind by Hurricane Harvey. It may take weeks to drain and years for the people there to rebuild.

  • Strong Arms to Help the Least of These

    Roger Hayslip
    August 21, 2017

    Rescuing and Sheltering “Toss-aways” Worldwide

    Imagine yourself a young boy with a severe physical disability. Your parents make it clear they don’t want you. Eventually, your mother sells you to passing gypsies for a pitiful price.

    In turn, those gypsies sell you to the Russian mob, who force you and similar children to beg on the streets all day. Your captors strip away some of your clothes to fully expose your physical deformity, so passersby will be more inclined to give to you. Every night, you’re forced to give your earnings to a ruthless boss. You literally have no hope—no one to advocate for you, and nowhere to turn for help. You want to die.

  • Some Plant, Others Water—and God Gives the Increase

    Gary Wilkerson
    June 19, 2017

    So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:7)

    We often hear of “sowing into ministry” as donating funds. But that’s a very limited understanding of biblical sowing. (And it’s often used as a manipulative way of raising funds.) At World Challenge, we believe your gifts don’t “sow into” this ministry but into the people we serve alongside you. Without your seed-sowing into their hearts and lives, we couldn’t water the ground beneath them for gospel transformation.

  • Devastating Tornados in East Texas

    Lainey West
    May 31, 2017

    Can you imagine losing everything you own in less than 10 minutes? That’s exactly what happened to many in East Texas on April 29 as a tornado ravaged much of the area near the World Challenge Texas offices. The tornado was on the ground for 51 minutes with eight smaller tornados touching down as well.

    The devastation was heart wrenching with trees snapped in half, telephone poles broken like chopsticks, a truck wrapped in debris with a huge tree on top of it, a mangled tractor and trailer, mobile homes totally destroyed as if they exploded, and houses lifted off their foundations.

  • Aid to Mudslide Victims in Peru

    Roger Jonker and Agustin Ciccia
    May 1, 2017

    Heavy rains in Peru recently triggered deadly mudslides, destroying entire villages. Many villagers watched helplessly as their lives were completely washed away in mere minutes. The disaster could have meant total devastation and despair. But thanks to your gifts of support, World Challenge (WC) was able to bring hope to a landscape of despair.  Here’s a look behind the scenes at how your support worked to help those facing total disaster. 

  • Ministering Faithfully to Young People in Garland, Texas

    Roger Jonker
    April 27, 2017

    While many in their seventies are happy just to be able to attend church, Cookie, soon to be 75, pastors one. She leads Street Church in Garland and is director of D-Boy Ministries, a ministry named in memory of her son, who was murdered in 1990. The aim of both ministries is to help teenagers find new life in Christ. Cookie has over 30 years of experience in urban outreach programs, and when she ministers it’s with authority. After all, Jesus transformed her from a drug addict to a preacher.

  • How World Challenge Saved Our Orphanage

    Roger Hayslip
    March 22, 2017

    Dear World Challenge,

    On January 5th, our orphanage in Thailand received your annual donation.  As always, it was a great blessing.  This year it was especially helpful, and I would like to explain why.

    For eight years, we have rented a property in the village of Um-phang on the Thailand-Burma border, using it as an orphanage, mission school and church for the children of refugees who have fled the civil war in Burma.  This arrangement has worked well for us, and we have always managed to pay the annual rent.  

  • A Voice to the Voiceless

    Roger Jonker
    March 17, 2017

    The following is a beautiful letter written to us by a grieving mother.  The testimony she paints is a of daughter’s utter faithfulness to God despite severe disabilities.  The mother’s letter has been slightly edited and abridged:

    Writing a special note of encouragement as I wish to express deep, profound gratitude for all your articles, which I’ve read over the years.

    My beautiful daughter, Diane Barbara Jackson, entered eternal life and glory on 11-7-2016.  God gave me grace upon grace to care for her daily in her home for six years, as I am an old registered nurse.  I read your articles to her, and they were soul food.  It was a great journey of love to care for my daughter through Jesus.

  • Download Ultimate Favor

    Gary Wilkerson
    March 17, 2017

    We hear a lot about the favor of God these days. That's a good thing. Without the Lord's favor, we wouldn't be able to breathe, stand or find true life anywhere. Our loving, compassionate God looks to bless us with his amazing favor. 

    But, are you truly experiencing the full favor of God or maybe just the accommodating aspect of what you see as His blessing in your life? In Ultimate Favor by Gary Wilkerson, experience a deeper understanding of how God truly wants to shower on you His favor of not only provision, but His presence and the ultimate blessing that He brings to your life.