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  • A School for Christ

    Rachel Chimits
    May 9, 2019

    Two church leaders in El Salvador were moved to help the country’s children and build toward a better future.

    In 1961, John and Lois Bueno were invited to El Salvador to become the pastors of Centro Evangelistico Church. 

    They left their home in California and moved to El Salvador’s capital to start a new life and ministry, hardly guessing the magnitude of the plans God had in store for them. 

    The moment their hearts would ignite with a new dream for the ministry would wait until a year after their move. 

    The Spark of New Ministry

    John was driving home late, and he was tired. It’d been a long day, and he was ready to be home with Lois. Complete dark had fallen, not even a ribbon of pink left on the western horizon.

  • Sacrificing for Love of the Philippines

    Rachel Chimits
    May 8, 2019

    God gave Maria a task most would have rejected, but she obeyed and has seen great rewards for her faithfulness.

    If God asked you to leave your job right now, would you do it?

    For many who are their family’s primary breadwinner or barely making ends meet for themselves, this would be an extremely hard question.

    Before taking a leap of faith like this, most people would have some serious soul-searching to do in order to make sure that it was genuinely God’s voice they heard.

    Either way, it’s a question where some might just respond, “No, I can’t...” 

    A Frightening Call

    Maria had a good job that offered her benefits and paid well. Unlike nearly a fourth of the Philippines’ population, she was comfortably above the poverty level.

  • Kenyan Widow Finding Freedom

    Rachel Chimits
    May 7, 2019

    One woman refused to allow tradition to separate her and her grandchildren, and God made a way for them.

    A woman in Kenya who has just lost her husband is immediately faced with a terrible choice: To be “cleansed” or not.

    A widow in Kenya is generally considered to be at best cursed and at worst a witch. “Cleansing” supposedly frees them from evil magic, or at least from their neighbors’ suspicion and vitriol.

    This process can range anywhere from being forced to sleep beside their husband’s dead body for three days all the way to being forced to have sex with a strange man and having their clothes burned.

  • A Leap of Faith

    Rachel Chimits
    May 6, 2019

    When we’re making major life decisions or are faced with a huge change, planning our next move can be challenging.

    David Brinkley is credited with having once said, “She took a leap of faith and grew her wings on the way down.”

    This advice seems in the same vein as popular “empowering” messages that Western media figures, celebrities and even some Christians toss around, pointing to the wild success stories of a few and neatly sidestepping all the shattered dreams of many others who inexplicably didn’t manage to sprout feathers.

    The dark side of this saying is its implication that whoever doesn’t achieve their goals is at fault for the failure.

    No pressure.  

  • Multiplying Churches in the Congo

    Andreas Steffensen
    May 3, 2019

    How the belief in change for one man has extending to his entire town and beyond into neighboring villages.

    Driving at breakneck speeds down dusty, unpaved roads, we approach a military checkpoint. Our regional coordinator sits in the back of the aging Land Cruiser, his head thumping the roof every time we hit a pothole.

    We’re all covered in the fine, red dust ubiquitous in East Africa, but the alternative is closing the A/C-less car’s windows and succumbing to the stifling heat.

    Cantina is ahead, a town at the heart of a vast Congolese wilderness teeming with militant groups. Some are former perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide; others are Islamic radicals that fled Uganda.

  • The Promise of a Mansion

    Rachel Chimits
    May 2, 2019

    In a fairytale life gone wrong, one young Filipino woman finds a true rescuing hero in her heavenly Father.

    Krystal’s parents came to her and explained that she could finish high school, but that was all. She needed to find work to help support the family.

    In the Philippines, this scenario was nothing strange, particularly for low-income families. At age 18, Krystal dutifully started work in Quezon, one of many poor, young women toiling in minimum wage jobs.

    Everything changed when a handsome man approached her. He told her she was beautiful, striking among all the others, and he invited her into the wealthy, upperclass circles of his life.

    A fairytale in the making…right? 

  • Finding the God of Truth and Grace

    Vanessa Johnson
    May 1, 2019

    Now one of MOG’s leaders and World Challenge’s potential partners, one young lady looks back on how God made himself real to her.

    I was born in Mexico. When I was five, my parents divorced. My father had put us in a situation where my mom was frightened for our safety.

    We moved in with my grandparents who were Christians. Most people in Mexico are Catholic, so I grew up in a unique situation. 

    Looking back, God was always present.

    Picturing a Complete Family

    I had a lot of anger as a child, and I would take it out on God mainly. I remember a couple nights getting really frustrated—“God, why is this part of my life this way?”—questioning everything.

  • Finding the Ultimate Architect

    Ilya Shchetinin
    April 30, 2019

    One World Challenge scholarship student shares how he went from a prospective architect to ministry leader.

    I’m from Oregon City, outside Portland. Life was normal, going the usual route until this guy named Stan who was a Summit graduate married someone at my church. Whenever he was speaking, I noticed something different about him, so I finally approached him and said, “Hey, we should talk.”

    Stan looked me in the eye for a solid 30 seconds, saying nothing, and I was thinking, What’s going on right now? I just said I wanted to talk.

    Then he offered to hang out. We talked about life, and he eventually became my mentor. In a lot of ways, he encouraged me to think differently about God. 

  • The Courage of Vulnerability

    Rachel Chimits
    April 29, 2019

    In an age of social media confessions and “tell-all” memoirs, we must ask ourselves what true vulnerability is and why it’s important.

    In the opening lines of the Beatitudes, Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

    People at the end of their rope are blessed? This passage begs the question of why God focuses on broken hearts and humble, mild-mannered nobodies.

    These three opening categories are each vulnerable and—dare we say it?—weak.

  • Harvest in the Congo

    Rachel Chimits
    April 26, 2019

    Years of dry work for one pastor is now yielding great community transformation and church growth.

    For several years, Pastor Saidi attended community health seminars hosted by World Challenge partners. He was an active participant in discussion groups and was enthusiastic about the ideas presented.

    When he returned home to his village of Bulongo in central Democratic Republic of Congo, he imparted the vision of how Christian community can practically address everyday issues several times to his church and community.

    However, the ideas seemed to gain no traction.