Like many women in underdeveloped nations, the women of a Bangladesh community were isolated, unheard and illiterate. Without the ability to read and write, small things like going to the market for goods was an ordeal. They would get robbed by sellers as they didn’t understand basic arithmetic. Going home shortchanged and unable to meet their immediate needs.
Agron and his team have faithfully and humbly served Albania for many years. Even before WPS was blessed to partner with this faithful team, they were laboring and praying for the country of Albania in the name of Jesus.
Driving around frustrated, with an almost empty tank, Alex* was struggling to find the location of a weekly Bible study group that meets in Southeast Colorado Springs. Unable to find the house, frustration turned to discouragement and Alex decided to skip the Bible study altogether and head home. But before he could turn around he realized he was on the very street he had been looking for. God had led him straight to the right house!
This was no chance encounter. We were ministering in one of the world’s largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya, when our team “bumped into” two amazing, influential women. Now hundreds of these women’s neighbors are seeing their lives powerfully transformed.
Driving at breakneck speeds down dusty, unpaved roads, we approach a military checkpoint. Ben, our regional WPS coordinator sits in the back of the aging Land Cruiser. His head has already hit the roof several times, as we hit pothole after pothole at high speeds. We’re approaching Cantina, a town in the middle of a vast Congolese wilderness, teeming with militant rebel groups.
Meet Chan, a retired nurse and a member of the AOG church, a WPS partner, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Though he has been an active member of the church for a long time, he has always felt a need to make a change in his community. After attending a seminar by our local partners, he realized what he could do.
Upon arriving at Block 38, we found ourselves twisting our way along the narrow, maze-like cinderblock corridors. Clothing hung over our heads, competing for glimmers of sunlight with a few potted plants along the alleyways as we followed our guides and local partners through the densely populated slum.
Growing up to accomplish all your dreams and goals in a small rural village is tough. When you are a Roma girl living in Albania, it is almost impossible. After the collapse of communism in the early 1990s, wide-scale economic collapse and social unrest ravaged Roma communities all across Albania. Young Roma girls were particularly vulnerable to exploitation as Roma culture forced them to get married at very young ages.
When a tree is firmly planted by a river and fed by its waters, it bears fruit endlessly, becoming a source of nourishment for the hungry and healing for the sick. Pastor Edward Ochieng is that kind of tree in his community. The fruit of his labor in the Soweto Slums of Nairobi, Kenya, has brought nourishing life to one of the most impoverished communities in the world. And now, in partnership with World Poverty Solutions, it is also leading Muslims to healing hope in Jesus.
Pastor Noah Kyotha, our local coordinator in the D. R. Congo, spends much of his time coordinating community evangelism programs in the North Kivu region. He regularly travels to teach churches how to organize and develop solutions to their communities’ poverty.