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  • Making a Safe Haven

    Rachel Chimits
    July 22, 2019

    World Challenge partners in Albania help one Roma woman with a disability find a new home after she was the victim of a crime.

    The Roma community in Europe is often classified as the most economically depressed.

    Unemployment, untreated medical issues and unforgiving living conditions are constant problems they must face. Those Roma with disabilities are dealt an even harsher hand.

    Few resources were available for someone like Dorena. She’d been born with a severe speech impediment; speech therapy might have minimized it, but of course no such thing was available for a Roma woman.

  • Agape: The Highest Form of Love

    Rachel Chimits
    July 19, 2019

    In the middle of fear and hunger, a team in Kenya are working to help children, preserve the future generation and show them God’s faithful compassion.

    The Horn of Africa is teetering on the verge of famine, brought on by severe drought which is now leaving people to watch their crops fail and cattle die.

    Drought has been a chronic issue for the last several years, but now it’s beginning to culminate into something worse: famine. According to Oxfam International, about “13 million of people are facing acute food and water shortages in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia…”

    For many in rural, poverty-laced areas, their living situation is reaching a breaking point.

  • How Should We Pray?

    Rachel Chimits
    July 18, 2019

    Many Christians may feel that they “don’t pray well,” but this begs the question of what we actually mean when we say that and how can we grow into a people of prayer.

    In his sermons, David Wilkerson focused on common issues that trouble the hearts of many believers, and he pointed out a deep and disconcerting problem with prayer in more than one.

    “We can get so confused about prayer, making it seem so complicated. There are multitudes of theories that bring confusion and raise all kinds of questions: ‘When does prayer become intercession? Is intercession measured by fervency, or loudness, or the amount of time spent on my knees? How will I know I am praying in God’s will? Do mental prayers count? What, exactly, do I pray for?’”

  • Refugees in Algeria

    Rachel Chimits
    July 17, 2019

    God has not forgotten a people living in one of the planet’s harshest environments, largely ignored by the rest of the world.

    When refugees come up in conversation, many listeners may think only about the crisis in Syria and the many people who have fled the war-torn Middle East.

    However, many other camps of refugees exist around the world, several having now held people for a generation or more. Such is the case in Algeria where tens of thousands of refugees have lived in camps since 1975.

    The largest group fled from Morocco during the Western Sahara War between Moroccan forces and the Sahrawi Polisario Front. These evacuees ended up in rural Algeria. Most of them have never left, and their children and grandchildren have never seen life outside of the camps.

  • Do Miracles Still Happen Today?

    Rachel Chimits
    July 16, 2019

    In the Western world, miracles seem to be an anomaly but what if they shouldn’t be?

    Miraculous signs and wonders can make some believers uneasy, particularly after they’ve observed televangelists like Benny Hinn whose “healing” services are more akin to an episode of TLC’s Long Island Medium than anything else.  

    Skepticism is easy after even one scam artist is caught making money off of people desperate for hope and healing.

    However, how should we view miracles Biblically?

    Do they still happen in modern times? Are there psychological or medical explanations for these mysterious signs? When and how does God dispense miraculous wonders?

    Seeing the Finger of God

    Darren Wilson had similar questions when he sent out to make the documentary Finger of God.

  • Building Wells and Unity

    Benjamin Demblowski
    July 15, 2019

    Brazil’s drought-stricken regions are experiencing new life through the hard work of World Challenge’s partner.

    A lack of water affects everything in a community from basic health and sanitation to education and employment.

    Clean water, as a basic human need, is foundational to building healthy communities. Meeting the physical need for water opens doors for people to receive what they thirst for most: living water.

    Jacob’s Well was established to provide hope and practical help to farming towns ravaged by years of drought in northeastern Brazil.

    While team members work alongside locals to build wells and help bring clean water to rural towns, these relationships open up opportunities to connect people to a church community and share the gospel. 

  • The Wives of ISIS

    Kelly Wilkerson
    July 12, 2019

    Syria is now the questionable home to mothers and children who are either forgotten, ignored or condemned.

    “There’s only one exit,” our guide tells us at the place where we’re staying. “If you need to evacuate, don’t turn left outside. That part of the street belongs to Assad.”

    We landed in Qatar less than 24 hours before and were warned not to eat in public or carry water bottles, despite the air’s parching dryness. The entire land is in the grip of Ramadan, one of Islam’s most important religious observances.

    Looking down at the bustling, dusty road, it’s hard to imagine pieces of this city belonging to a subset of al-Qaeda, one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist groups

  • Those Hidden in Ireland

    Rachel Chimits
    July 11, 2019

    World Challenge partners in the Emerald Isle reach out to one mother weighted down by a cancer prognosis and deep worries for her children.

    Can people still be deeply caught in poverty if they live in a wealthy, Western nation?

    Most would say, “Yes, of course” because we’ve all seen someone beside the road with a cardboard sign who is clearly homeless.

    All high-income countries, however, have the “invisible poor.” These people don’t fall into the typical measures for poverty because they make more than 2 dollars a day—not hard in countries with high costs of living—and manage to keep a roof over their heads one way or another. 

    They often look inconspicuously ordinary, and yet their living conditions and daily struggles would shock those who pass them by without a second glance. 

  • Preventing Child Marriage in Bangladesh

    Rachel Chimits
    July 10, 2019

    World Challenge workers are helping families protect their young daughters from cultural pressure to marry too early.

    According to the Human Rights Watch, “Bangladesh has the highest rate of child marriage of girls under the age of 15 in the world, with 29 percent of girls in Bangladesh married before age 15…”

    In a study that interviewed hundreds of women across the country, researchers found a shocking number of girls who had been married off before they were 11 years old.

    Although child marriages have been illegal for decades, the practice is alive and well, especially in poorer communities.

    Child Brides in the Slums

    For the Dalits—the “untouchables”—who live in Bangladesh’s slums, parents regularly struggle to feed all of their children.

  • When Disappointment is Good

    Rachel Chimits
    July 9, 2019

    Nothing seems more undesirable than hard times and unanswered questions, but God always has a plan and purpose for these moments in his children’s lives.

    Disappointment seems like the gateway emotion to a lot of worse ones: bitterness, anger, depression and more. By that logic, God wouldn’t want Christians to experience disappointment. Why expose us to what only breeds bad things in our hearts?

    The only problem is that Jesus regularly disappointed people.

    Think about how Mary and Martha must’ve felt when their brother died in John chapter 11. They had seen Jesus heal so many sick people and knew that he was in a town nearby, and yet their brother suffered for days until he finally died.