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Pastor Viterlis with community members

Embracing New Ideas

– 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

– 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

– 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…


12 Countries + 12 Months of Prayer

– December 26, 2016

WORLD POVERTY SOLUTIONS (WPS) seeks to bring Jesus’ love and lasting solutions to every poor and unreached community in the world. This is a huge vision, but we have a great God. Please keep this reminder in a visible place, and pray monthly throughout the year for each of these nations and friends who need…


Changing Communities from Within

– December 12, 2016

Kenya is famous for its stunning wildlife, but there’s another side to Kenya that is as overwhelming as its wildlife is awe-inspiring — its slums. Pastor Viterlis and Andreas, one of our team members, are standing next to his school made from simple tin sheets. Yes, that’s an open sewage trench they’re standing over, and…


12 Days of Christmas

– December 8, 2016

Please join us during the 12 days leading up to Christmas to pray for some of our friends in need around the world. Each one has shared a specific request. An answer to their prayer would be the best gift they could receive this Christmas! Brighton is 12 years old and lives in Nairobi. His…


Bringing an End to a Legacy of Poverty

– October 31, 2016

We’re currently visiting Armenia and spent some time with this little guy yesterday. He lives with his grandma, mentally challenged mother, and 3 younger siblings in a filthy, abandoned warehouse. His youngest sister is in the hospital with pneumonia and his father is a drunk who every now and then stops by, takes what little…


Meeting the Crisis Needs of America’s Poor

– October 24, 2016

45.3 million people live in poverty. I’m not talking about Congo, Cambodia or Haiti—I’m referring to 45.3 million impoverished Americans. 1 in every 5 children in the U.S. lives below the poverty line. And hunger is increasing in rural areas as well as urban centers. Our cities face other crises of all kinds. Recently in Huntington, West Virginia,…


Poverty in our Community

– October 14, 2016

I was greatly encouraged to be included in a recent meeting in Spruce Pine with local pastors, community organization leaders and NC Senator Ralph Hise, to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to poverty and its alleviation in the area. Communities must reengage in this issue, with local expressions of faith leading the way, and…


What I Have I Give to You…

– October 3, 2016

A miraculous turnaround in war-torn D.R. Congo What causes an impoverished village to thrive with hope in a devastating war zone? The answer can be found in four simple words: “Rise up and walk.” Few regions on earth are more war-torn than North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda’s armed conflict spilled over the border in…


A Surprising and Often Unheard Approach to Ministry Among the Poor

– September 12, 2016

Poverty is not a sin. But living in sin can lead to poverty. When a man or woman uses their family’s income to get drunk, gamble or seek prostitutes, they often end up like the Prodigal Son, squandering all they have. Proverbs says, “He who loves wine and oil will not become rich” (21:17). “He…


Getting to the Root of Community Problems

– September 7, 2016

In 2007, World Challenge founder David Wilkerson instructed us to begin a ministry that would reach the poorest of the poor in truly impoverished areas around the world. Our staff responded by setting up Please Pass the Bread, partnering with Christian schools, orphanages and churches to open feeding programs in Kenya’s capital Nairobi and elsewhere….


Training Brings Progress to War-torn Congo

– August 23, 2016

We recently visited the town of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite ongoing civil war, pastors and community leaders came out to participate in World Poverty Solutions’ CHE (Community Health Evangelism) training. Why would our participants leave behind their families and villages and cross dangerous territory to learn about community development? Because…


Congolese Partner Community Attacked

– August 22, 2016

Just last week, World Poverty Solutions staff gathered with a group of 20 pastors and community leaders in the conflict-ravaged town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We began teaching this group a year ago, and have seen such promise and growth, as these leaders realized the incredible resources God had deposited…


Get Up and Walk

Bringing Christ’s Healing to the World, One Person at a Time When Jesus came across those who were disabled, he commanded them, “Get up and walk!” He didn’t give them money for food or medicine. He didn’t offer counseling to help them deal with their infirmity. Jesus didn’t address their symptoms. Instead, he got right to the…

Persecuted Christians Imprisoned in Southeast Asia

Prayer for Our Persecuted Christian Partners in Southeast Asia

– August 9, 2016

We recently received the following update from one of our partners working in a restricted country in Southeast Asia. Please keep them in your prayers. There is a new believer who accepted Christ about three months ago. He has been attending a local church every Sunday. One day on the way back to his hometown…

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An Oasis of Life in a Wilderness of Drought

– August 1, 2016

A Cambodian village sees life-giving fruit in a barren time The rural village of Srah Keo is a rarity in Cambodia: It’s thriving in the midst of drought. Most homes in this historically poor village boast a bountiful vegetable garden. They’re also ringed by mango trees bearing luscious fruit. And the children, once malnourished, are…


A New Way of Orphan Care

– July 11, 2016

Losing their parents is tragic enough. But orphans then face a second trauma. They’re taken to an unfamiliar place — an orphanage — where they don’t know anyone. Often they’re cared for by workers whose best efforts are stretched thin by overwhelming needs. Our ministry will always support orphanages, especially where war or disaster has…

Andreas Steffensen and his family

Hard Transitions, But Great Things Ahead

– June 28, 2016

We have been blessed and honored to have Andreas on our team for nearly four years now. He and his family are making a big sacrifice in leaving upstate New York to relocate to Colorado Springs. God has already used Andreas and Sarah mightily both here in the United States and overseas. We believe that Andreas will…

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A Divine Appointment in Rural Uganda

– June 22, 2016

You never know what God may have in store for you. So it was for Sidonia. What was supposed to be a random stop for our World Poverty Solutions team at a typical impoverished bush compound turned into an encounter that changed one woman’s life forever—here on earth and for eternity. Meet Sidonia Sidonia lives…

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