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  • The Spiritually Hungry in Lithuania

    Rachel Chimits
    September 26, 2019

    God is reaching out to those who have lost nearly everything in this small Eastern European country.

    World Challenge’s partner churches in Lithuania have a motto in their city outreaches to widows and those trapped in inner-city poverty: Food kitchen ministries must not stop with feeding people.

    Eating will temporarily satisfy a physiological human need, but people who come to the church kitchen should get much more.

  • To Heal or Not to Heal

    Rachel Chimits
    September 25, 2019

    When we pray for healing, God sometimes cures someone; but sometimes he doesn’t, and we’re left with the question, “Why?”

    When my father started college, he was still an unbeliever. He swung by his dorm room only to find a skinny guy on the other bed, reading a massive Bible that had so many highlighted passages that it looked like a stained-glass window.

    Ignoring the “weirdo,” my father settled into college life.

  • Life From the Ashes

    Rachel Chimits
    September 24, 2019

    God is working through the church in Burundi to help widows and orphans survive great emotional and economic hardship.

    “My husband abandoned me and our two children,” one woman in Burundi shared with a World Challenge partner. “He’s a ‘pastor’ and now on his third wife.”

  • Where Church and Families Find Each Other

    Rachel Chimits
    September 23, 2019

    God made people to operate best in families, whether we like it or not, but what happens when our families are not healthy?

    Nicky Gumbel tells a story in one of his devotionals about a busy father who was looking after his daughter and trying to find a way to keep her entertained while he worked. He took a magazine page with a world map and cut it into pieces, creating a make-shift puzzle for his little girl.

  • How Bad Is Pornography Really?

    Rachel Chimits
    September 20, 2019

    In the internet age, vast numbers of believers are exposed and addicted to sexually explicit material, and the church has traditionally been silent on how they can find real freedom and healing.

    Spencer B. Olmstead and his colleagues conducted a survey of young college students, asking them what they thought about pornography.

  • Beauty Through Pain

    Rachel Chimits
    September 18, 2019

    “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

    You probably have thalassophobia, though you may not use that word to describe one of the world’s most common fears.

  • A Witchdoctor Comes to Christ

    Rachel Chimits
    September 17, 2019

    India is a land of intense spiritual darkness, but in the midst of this, God is calling out his children to light and new life.

    “Shitala” in Sanskrit means “the one who cools,” and among the Hindu gods, she is believed to cure people of skin diseases and fevers, particularly children. Her day of worship comes right after Holi, the festival of love where people are called to forgive others and repair broken relationships.

  • Feet That Carry the Gospel

    Rachel Chimits
    September 16, 2019

    World Challenge partners are working to make sure one very special Cambodian girl can make it through school. 

    When Rachana was a baby, her feet were unusually large. Her parents examined them then shrugged. They had no money to take her to a doctor, so like many Cambodian parents, they simply made do as best they could.

  • Living With Strange Wisdom

    Rachel Chimits
    September 13, 2019

    The ways that believers approach money should be one of the most striking things that people outside of the church notice about us.

    In 1973, J. Paul Getty’s grandson was kidnapped and held for a $17 million ransom. The oil tycoon was, at that time, the richest man in the world. Despite this, he refused to pay anything to save his grandchild until another family member convinced him to at least contribute to the rescue.