Recent Stories

Offering Hope and Freedom in Bangladesh

Steve Otradovec – April 28, 2017

Rupa has hope, but it wasn’t always that way for her. She’s one of six daughters from a Bangladeshi family. In impoverished nations like this one, a family with many mouths to feed can face hard decisions just to survive. That’s why Rupa’s parents decided to give her away in marriage at a very early age.

Leaving No Stain on God’s Creation

Millicent Agutu – April 26, 2017

An environmental cleanup campaign is underway in a Kenyan slum—and it’s being led by young people! Thanks to a challenge from a dynamic community leader, the youth of Korogocho slum in Nairobi have taken responsibility for improving their community’s hygiene and sanitization. The leader who challenged them, Faustina, attended a Community Health Evangelism (CHE) training by World Poverty Solutions last August.

Transformation in Our Own Backyard

– April 17, 2017

Pastor Tom was bothered and burdened. For years, he had faithfully pastored a church in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, a small town in a desperately poor region of the state.

Breaking the Silent Suffering

Gary Wilkerson – March 20, 2017

Health Practices and Self-Worth for Women in Rural India Suman, a young wife and mother, stood dignified in her shimmering red sari with black and gold stripes. “I suffered in shame over my illness for a long time,” she says. “I took various medicines but did not get any better. I did not know what…

First, Cause No Harm

Steve Otradovec – March 3, 2017

Have you ever wondered whether efforts to help might actually harm? After the catastrophic earthquake of 2010 in Haiti, the small island nation was inundated with aide groups wanting to help. One 400-person UN relief team, redeployed from the capital of Nepal, unintentionally introduced a deadly bacterium into the Haitian waterways causing a devastating cholera…

Fertile Soil and Good Seed Leads to Promising Returns in Kenya

Steve Otradovec – February 6, 2017

“Still other seed fell on good soil, and they sprouted, grew and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty and even a hundred times as much as had been planted.” (Mark 4:8) We don’t always know whether the seeds we plant through our Community Health Evangelism (CHE) work will take root and grow. Much like…

A Simple Idea is Having a Tremendous Impact

Steve Otradovec – January 23, 2017

Wholistic Christian Community Development empowers community leaders and members to think outside of the box and come up with unique, community-driven solutions to challenges within a community. David Matinde, a pastor from the Mathare slum in Kenya, found success in a novel business endeavor. In 2016, not long after the initial training provided by World…

Transitioning from Dependency to Empowering the Poor

Steve Otradovec – January 19, 2017

The transition from relief to development requires patience, wisdom and compassion to overcome the uncertainty of those who have depended on us for their daily needs. When we first approached the Kenyan pastors and local ministry leaders we had partnered with for years, many were skeptical of our new vision and understandably so. For years,…

One Life = Great Gospel Impact

Gary Wilkerson – January 16, 2017

Helping the Poorest Improve Their Lives in Kenyan Slums With your help, one woman, doing one humble work of God, may deeply touch the lives of 130,000 people. Sister Evelyn lives in the vast Kawangware slum, one of the world’s worst areas to live, in Nairobi, Kenya. For years, she has been a ray of…

Fresh Perspectives

Andreas Steffensen – January 10, 2017

We recently concluded a 3-day seminar on community development and evangelism with 33 pastors and leaders in Kenya. Sounds boring? Well, if people went home unchanged it would have been. But back in August we had completed a similar seminar, and we had heard some amazing stories of how God had challenged the participants to…

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