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  • Spiritual and Physical Bridges

    Rachel Chimits
    March 14, 2019

    God provided a practical answer to people’s incredible hunger for the Word.

    Eswatini, known as Swaziland until its king changed the name last year, is a country in southern Africa about the size of New Jersey and where many of its people live in poverty and fear of HIV.  

    One rugged corner of Eswatini is known as Ngwempisi, after the river that carves through its hills. For many tourists to the region, the river is a kayaking attraction.

    However, for locals, it presents an often deadly obstacle. 

    Serious Dedication

    World Challenge’s partner in the Ngwempisi region wanted to create a revival of hope for the beleaguered local people. They announced a Sunday meeting and set up a tent beside the river, hoping to bless the area. 

  • Kings of the Court

    Rachel Chimits
    March 12, 2019

    “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).

    Chauncey LaBrie serves at the Calvary Worship Center as the prison and inner-city outreach pastor. 

    As leaders with huge hearts for their city, Chauncey and his wife, Jen, partnered with Catalyst Funding directors, Sarah Steffensen and Cory Ard, to help make their vision for WeighOut and increasing missional impact a reality.

    Two particular WeighOut ministries are creating a dynamic difference for people in Colorado Springs by connecting people and giving communities a voice and a safe space to have fun and care for one another. 

  • Becoming a Community Health Evangelist

    World Challenge Staff
    March 11, 2019

    “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him” (Colossians 3:10 NLT).

    These words from Paul have inspired a world-wide movement that wants to find how God changes and renews every part of life. 

    World Challenge offers TOT1 vision seminars globally that explore the theology and practical application of holistic ministry. A major part of this is not only the week-long seminar but also giving participants access to thousands of community health lessons, resources and global connections.

    In order to create sustainable transformation in missions work, we have to re-engineer how we approach community issues.

  • Uganda’s Steadfast Mother

    Rachel Chimits
    March 8, 2019

    After twelve years of suffering, one women's life was redeemed and renovated by God, and she became a community leader.

    The Second Congo War was one of the deadliest conflicts worldwide since World War II, and its impact has rippled through Africa long after its official end in 2003.

    Although the war was technically centered around the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many other east African countries felt the shock waves in the forms of desperate famine and economic depression, including Uganda.

  • India's Water of Life

    Rachel Chimits
    March 7, 2019

    One man’s terrible illness becomes a story of hope to his entire village.

    According to an international survey and study organization, “Diseases due to poor drinking-water access, unimproved sanitation, and poor hygiene practices cause 4.0 percent of all deaths and 5.7 percent of all disability or ill health in the world.”

    For perspective, 4 percent of the world’s 7.7 billion people equals over 300 million deaths due to bad water. This is compounded by pollution coming from fertilizers and pesticides in farming areas.

  • Rebuilding Communities in the Philippines

    Rachel Chimits
    March 6, 2019

    God restored one man’s heart and give him the strength to not only dream again for his community but also take action.

    As the Philippines prepare for their elections, their police forces are also gearing up to deal with riots and gun violence that have erupted during the last two elections.

    Thanks to gang wars, drug running and terrorist groups, the Philippines deal with twice as much gun violence as the United States. A national cry is rising for the government to deal with the corruption and resulting deaths.

    Others feel as if it’s no good trying to fight against the seemingly overwhelming wave of violence. 

  • Love the Neighbors: Sparking a Local Revolution

    Rachel Chimits
    March 4, 2019

    A heart for mission leaders in the United States has led World Challenge leaders to craft new ways to help.

    When people talk about aid or nonprofits, usually the discussion is aimed at foreign disaster relief, feeding malnourished children or medical aid for epidemics. Only rarely do people think of the United States as the recipient of aid programs.

    However, as issues such as racism, homosexuality, mass shootings and abortion shake our nation, many people are questioning how we can address these domestic troubles.

    How do we help people on the other side of our own fence?

    World Challenge’s Catalyst Grant program began as one response to this question.

  • A Town in India Renewed

    Rachel Chimits
    February 28, 2019

    “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 NKJV

    The village would remind most of us of a maze, but one with mud walls as high as a man’s head. Only these walls are part of people’s homes.

    During the heavy seasonal rains, the houses would erode to expose straw and sticks used to reinforce the mud. The walkways become shin-deep sludge, and in the doorways, children poke out their heads to watch the rain. 

    In India, many schools charge for primary education, so these children can’t go and will instead follow their parents out into the fields each day. 

  • Myron Pierce: A House of Hope

    Rachel Chimits
    February 27, 2019

    The Mission Church is working to help people find God’s plan and purpose for their life after prison.

    The United States has about 2.3 million people in correctional facilities. That’s more, per capita, than any other nation on earth.

    What many of these people desperately need is assurance that someone—anyone—cares for their well-being. Unfortunately, when they’re released, they often end up in the same circumstances that led to their initial confinement.  

    Myron Pierce, the lead pastor of Mission Church which is one of World Challenge’s US partners, has been given a heart for prison ministries and to introduce those who have been locked away to a God who cares deeply about their lives and has plans for their futures. 

  • Close Call in Cambodia

    World Challenge Staff
    February 26, 2019

    One girl narrowly escapes trafficking as the church takes action. 

    Cambodia is a country that has been wracked by wars instigated by both outside countries and internal unrest. As cities and economies attempt to recover, unscrupulous outside businesses often come in to exploit the people for cheap labor. 

    Many children in Southeast Asia have lost their parents to the conflicts that have repeatedly swept the region, diseases like HIV and factory accidents. 

    For many, orphanages are little better than being on the street. The reasons for this are complex, but many of them boil down to rampant sex- and labor-trafficking, poor infrastructure in many orphanages and opportunistic criminals who know that orphans are no longer connected to a community that will immediately note their absence.