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  • Escaping the Cloud of Smoke

    Rachel Chimits
    April 22, 2021

    Kicking a drug addiction is one of the hardest struggles a person can face, but no obstacle is too great for the redeeming power of Christ.

    Thabani was already regularly drinking alcohol when he was introduced to something ‘even better’: marijuana. Like many people his age, he began routinely smoking. “Alcohol and marijuana were the order of the day in my life,” he explained. “Marijuana would make me feel at ease. I enjoyed every day with a joint in my hand.”

  • When Men Forgot God

    Rachel Chimits
    April 20, 2021

    Russia is facing a crisis of addiction among its youth, but believers are working to help reverse this trend from the ground up.

    Sergei started using hard drugs as a young teen, and his addiction swiftly ramped up to the point where he had to quit school. By the time he turned 22, he knew his addiction was already out of hand. He was certain that if he didn’t find help, he wouldn’t wake up one of these mornings. 

  • Food and Hope in a Box

    World Challenge Staff
    April 15, 2021

    The pressures of the pandemic in the United States has caused unexpected food scarcity for many families, but churches are responding to the needs of their communities.

    As we pass the one year mark of the worldwide pandemic, the story emerging is one that the church has known all along: more profound than our human differences are God-given commonalities like the need for food, water, shelter and hope. 

  • Food for Your Community

    Steve Voyen
    April 13, 2021

    The people of Liberia have survived several waves of epidemic diseases and civil war, and now their people are rising up to help a community finally recover.

    Josephus graduated from his university in Liberia magna cum laude, a very high honor. This degree, no matter how prestigious, however, couldn’t seem to secure him a job. He was job hunting for nearly two years before he finally landed a low-paying position at a mission station in the city of Ganta. 

  • Praying for a Home

    Steve Otradovec
    April 8, 2021

    How often are we willing to trust God to provide for major things in our lives? This is just what one man in Cambodia did while holding on to a seemingly impossible dream.

    How big are your prayers?

  • The Fight for Peace

    World Challenge Staff
    April 6, 2021

    God is moving in tremendous ways in Central Asia, but new believers are finding themselves at odds with the younger generation.

    One of the challenges our partners face in parts of Kyrgyzstan is the growth of Islam, especially among the younger generation. In some areas, teens and young adults are expected to recite parts of the Quran before they’re allowed into one popular fast-food restaurant.

  • Good Life Companies Give Back

    Nancy Lennert
    April 1, 2021

    World Challenge’s partners in the United States are joining together with local companies to bless their communities. 

    During the early part of the COVID pandemic, the CEO of Good Life Companies approached World Challenge’s partners in Reading, Pennsylvania with a heart to give back to the community.

  • Small Solutions with Big Impact

    Steve Otradovec
    March 23, 2021

    World Challenge’s partners in the Philippines are finding innovative ways to help people in the church survive the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. 

    Last year, the Covid epidemic hit Southeast Asia with a vengeance, their economies in particular. Part of this is because many people in this region rely on the tourism industry for their livelihood.