“Jesus Christ has changed me.” Those are the straightforward words of Geoffrey Okwanyi. And to those who know him, the words carry power. That’s because they knew the cruel, sordid, criminal life Geoffrey led—one that could only be changed by God’s power.
Through the work of World Poverty Solution’s Community Health Education (CHE) program, positive changes are beginning to take place in the Northern Ugandan city of Lira.
As tensions flare between Islamic radicals and the Filipino military in southern regions of the Philippines, our local community development partners continue building bridges of trust into Muslim-dominated communities around the country.
When Kimvohn was miraculously healed, she and her husband gave their lives wholeheartedly to Jesus. A mother of 6, Kimvohn was so grateful that she immediately carried her heavy wooden altar and other Buddhist symbols outside her house to burn them. Her sister pleaded with her to give them all away. But Kimvohn, fully devoted to Jesus, refused to allow anyone else to become enslaved to false promises.
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.