When 46-year-old Sofia Apiyo lost her husband in a car accident, her life came to a sudden halt. Not only had she lost her loving husband and father of her children, but also the sole breadwinner of her family.
In rural Northern Uganda Mary Okori, a housewife and mother of six, had suffered for three years with severe pain in her legs; pain that left her unable to walk without the help of crutches. Mary visited countless hospitals, clinics and doctors but did not find relief.
When her husband died, Elisheba, a 40-year-old widow, struggled to raise her 5 children. She’s one of many rural Kenyans who migrated to Nairobi in search of a better life, only to face the high cost of living in a big city. Elisheba scrambled to feed her family, provide for their medical needs and keep up with rising rent in a one-room, iron-sheet home in Nairobi’s vast Mathare slum. Thousands of people in the slum rely on low-paying jobs such as washing clothes for neighbors or selling food on the roadside, never able to rise above crushing poverty. They also lack basic services such as clean water, proper drainage or public schools.
Two urgent prayer requests from our partner a restricted access country in Asia. Recently, a cult movement in the area has led several people astray. Only a couple days ago, one of the cult leaders killed six people, including some children.
With a national population of more than 1.3 billion and over 80% Hindu, the Christian church is under very high persecution across the country. In 2013, India was listed on the Persecuted Church list at #31, today, due to the most recent national election and the rise of Hindu extremism, it now lists at #15.
Grace, an elderly widow, was struggling to survive. “I tried to grow crops, but nothing seemed to progress,” she says. “I was unable to earn much money.” Times were so hard Grace thought she might die.
One of the most damaging experiences a young girl can endure is having her innocence robbed by her father, a neighbor or another familiar man through sexual abuse. It damages her body and robs her emotional wellbeing, social relationships and self-esteem. Mary Daniel, a WPS partner who directs Mary Faith Children’s Centre in Nairobi, cares for young women with this experience.
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.
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.
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.