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  • Darkness on Peru’s Emerald Mountains

    Rachel Chimits
    May 24, 2019

    Major challenges are facing the church in Peru as they look for ways to serve their society’s most vulnerable. 

    This spring, Director of Mercy Ministries Mark Buzzetta traveled to Cusco, Peru to connect with a local church doing great work caring for widows.

    The trip was eye-opening to Peru’s great natural beauty and local struggles, coming almost as often from floods of global tourists to their region as well as stifling animist traditions.

  • Ebola Outbreak in the Congo

    Rachel Chimits
    May 23, 2019

    Government organizations and churches are working side-by-side to help save people from one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

    The current Ebola outbreak in the Congo is quickly becoming one of the deadliest in history, second only to the 2014 to 2016 epidemic that raged across West African, killing more than 11,300 people.

  • Protecting Mothers and the Unborn

    Rachel Chimits
    May 22, 2019

    In the Philippines, church workers are helping educate pregnant women about how to keep themselves and their babies healthy.

    Pregnancy usually means extra doctor visits to make sure the mother and baby stay healthy.

    Some women, however, don’t have this option because either they live in a remote village or it’s not traditional practice. They often don’t realize the many health benefits that preventative care can offer both them and their child.

  • The Problem of Happiness

    Rachel Chimits
    May 21, 2019

    “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy, and at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11 ESV).

    In her 2011 book, Ellen DeGeneres said, "…the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself. Happiness comes from within. You have the power to change your own mindset so that all the negative, horrible thoughts that try to invade your psyche are replaced with happy, positive, wonderful thoughts."

  • Returning Home

    Anna Kozlyuk
    May 20, 2019

    Many young, educated Albanians leave their homeland in search of a better life, and Vera intended to be no different until she met God.

    Mynevere Saliu, more often called Vera by friends and family, was born into a Muslim Roma family in the city Peqin. 

  • A Vision for Kenya

    Irene Life
    May 15, 2019

    The callings of God on our lives can seem impossible, but one girl’s story is a testament to God laying out his path before us.

    Back in 2017, I was napping and had a vision. It was so vivid, I don’t know what else to call it. I saw myself in front of a board meeting, and I was talking to them about kids and fund raising.

    I woke up and quickly said, “God, that’s not me. That’s my brother.”

  • Pray for the Worldwide Church

    Rachel Chimits
    May 14, 2019

    Pummeled with constant news about crises, it becomes tempting to simply ignore the persecution of our brothers and sisters around the world.

    In a sermon at Times Square Church, Pastor Carter Conlon pointed out, “Many today find themselves journeying through this season of despair….

  • Disciples Who Make Disciples

    Andreas Steffensen
    May 13, 2019

    God makes a way for his children and gives them his favor, no matter how desperate their situation.

    In Acts chapter 3, Peter and John are entering the temple, and a lame beggar asks them for money. Peter responds, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you.”

    Pause there. This is a very strange response.