World Challenge Stories
A couple in Central Asia is being drawn by their heavenly Father into a radical love for their community.
The gospel of Matthew details an odd story about a failed healing being brought to Jesus. A man pulls out of the crowd and says to Christ, “‘Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.’” (Matthew 17:15-16, ESV).
One young lady in Eswatini shares about her journey to restore relationships with her family who has survived the HIV epidemic.
More than one in every four people is carrying a persistent and deadly disease in Eswatini. “Despite its small population size,” Avert reported, “Eswatini has the highest HIV prevalence in the world and has been greatly affected by the epidemic.”
Our partners in Guatemala are working to give widows in need safe houses but, even more than that, a home where they are welcomed and loved.
“I’ve seen how widows are forced into poverty,” wrote Elisabeth Braw for Foreign Policy, “evicted from their homes, denied their rights, and often rendered invisible and voiceless.”
A little boy lost his parents, but thanks to our partners, not all hope was lost for him to be reunited with his family.
Zidane was six years old when he was brought to World Challenge’s partners in Burundi. The Eh’ikirezi transition center and Pacifique work tirelessly to make a safe haven for orphaned and abandoned children but also to reunite them with family whenever it is possible.
Our partners in Asia are working together to make sure that children have access to educational opportunities as part of loving their communities.
During the height of the pandemic in Asia, some children approached World Challenge’s partners and told them, “We want to keep learning. Our schools are closed, and we do not have books. We’re bored staying at home.”
One young man experienced the transformation that only Christ can bring that took him off the streets and back to his childhood home.
“I spent over five years as a street child in Nairobi and Mombasa, in Kenya,” Moses Ogutu wrote for Young African Magazine.
A girl who seemed both lost within herself and separated from every outside connection has awakened to faith and new life.
Lenka* was 14 years old when she was brought to the Eh’ikirezi center, World Challenge’s partners in Burundi. A local administrative leader had found her on the street. As soon as the team saw her, they began praying. It was clear they would need wisdom and a gentle hand with this poor girl.