World Challenge Stories
Finally free from Kenyan jail, one World Challenge partner is still faced with overwhelming prejudice and the grindingly slow refugee process.
The police who had dragged Abdi out of church took him to his house first. More police and investigators arrived, and they combed his house while they held him at gunpoint.
One Somali man had an incredible journey from being an agnostic refugee to being redeemed by Christ and becoming a World Challenge partner.
As the church service drew to a close, Abdi noticed several men closing in on him. They pushed through the normal Easter crowd until they were in ring around him, and one tried to grab his arm.
“What are you doing?” he asked, uneasy. “Who are you?”
“We need you to come outside with us.”
We can be told to “just have more faith” or even pray for more faith, but there are also specific steps we can take to help strengthen our faith.
“Faith is on the rise,” reports The Guardian magazine, “and 84% of the global population identifies with a religious group.”
The article more or less touts this as a positive statistic, but its stance only brings up the real questions: “What are people putting their faith in?” and “How does this faith help people?”
Gary Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz offered a conference to refresh pastors in Ukraine and over 10,000 church leaders arrived to hear them.
Chernivtsi, or Cernăuți as it is called by the Romanians, has been called “Jerusalem upon the Prut” for its strategic location between Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.
It has traditionally been a cosmopolitan city, home to many Romanians, Germans, Russians, Poles, Hungarians, Roma and Jews.
World Challenge partners in Sub-Saharan Africa are faced with another outbreak of one of the worst diseases in modern history.
This June, the first Ebola deaths occurred in Uganda.
The infections in Uganda confirmed that the deadly outbreak has spread for the first time beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo.
When Priya* and her husband accepted Christ, their neighbors weren’t excited. Vicious gossip began circulating, and the pressure to convert back to Hinduism became intense.
“At times,” she confessed, “I wanted to give up and become Hindu again.”
World Challenge partners came to Priya’s church and talked about living as a light for God in the neighborhood.
Part of World Challenge’s domestic mission work is reaching refugees making their home in the United States.
The Refugee Project released a shocking statistic: “Nearly 69 million people have been displaced from their home due to war, persecution or violence. That’s one of every 111 people on the planet.”