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  • Love the Neighbors: Sparking a Local Revolution

    Rachel Chimits
    March 4, 2019

    A heart for mission leaders in the United States has led World Challenge leaders to craft new ways to help.

    When people talk about aid or nonprofits, usually the discussion is aimed at foreign disaster relief, feeding malnourished children or medical aid for epidemics. Only rarely do people think of the United States as the recipient of aid programs.

    However, as issues such as racism, homosexuality, mass shootings and abortion shake our nation, many people are questioning how we can address these domestic troubles.

    How do we help people on the other side of our own fence?

    World Challenge’s Catalyst Grant program began as one response to this question.

  • A Town in India Renewed

    Rachel Chimits
    February 28, 2019

    “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 NKJV

    The village would remind most of us of a maze, but one with mud walls as high as a man’s head. Only these walls are part of people’s homes.

    During the heavy seasonal rains, the houses would erode to expose straw and sticks used to reinforce the mud. The walkways become shin-deep sludge, and in the doorways, children poke out their heads to watch the rain. 

    In India, many schools charge for primary education, so these children can’t go and will instead follow their parents out into the fields each day. 

  • Myron Pierce: A House of Hope

    Rachel Chimits
    February 27, 2019

    The Mission Church is working to help people find God’s plan and purpose for their life after prison.

    The United States has about 2.3 million people in correctional facilities. That’s more, per capita, than any other nation on earth.

    What many of these people desperately need is assurance that someone—anyone—cares for their well-being. Unfortunately, when they’re released, they often end up in the same circumstances that led to their initial confinement.  

    Myron Pierce, the lead pastor of Mission Church which is one of World Challenge’s US partners, has been given a heart for prison ministries and to introduce those who have been locked away to a God who cares deeply about their lives and has plans for their futures. 

  • Close Call in Cambodia

    World Challenge Staff
    February 26, 2019

    One girl narrowly escapes trafficking as the church takes action. 

    Cambodia is a country that has been wracked by wars instigated by both outside countries and internal unrest. As cities and economies attempt to recover, unscrupulous outside businesses often come in to exploit the people for cheap labor. 

    Many children in Southeast Asia have lost their parents to the conflicts that have repeatedly swept the region, diseases like HIV and factory accidents. 

    For many, orphanages are little better than being on the street. The reasons for this are complex, but many of them boil down to rampant sex- and labor-trafficking, poor infrastructure in many orphanages and opportunistic criminals who know that orphans are no longer connected to a community that will immediately note their absence. 

  • Hope for Northern Uganda

    Rachel Chimits
    February 25, 2019

    A Bible school’s inspiration to bring relief to their community is bringing people to God.

    Would you be surprised to learn that in 2017 Uganda hosted more refugees than any other country in Africa

    1.3 million people fled their homes in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo into the fertile and relatively stable Uganda. While this solved the immediate danger to those refugees’ lives from militant groups and famine, it created a massive food shortage in Northern Uganda. 

    To make matters worse, Uganda’s most prominent food crops, matoke and posho, are not very vitamin-rich. Malnutrition has begun spreading across the country. 

  • A History of Faith

    Eh Shu
    February 19, 2019

    With a World Challenge scholarship, a Karen refugee is pursuing God’s calling into the unknown.

    I was born in Burma, but I’m not Burmese. I’m of the Karen. Really, my story begins long before I was born.

    Adoniram Judson was the reason my family was Christian long before they came to the United States.

    He was an American missionary who spent his whole life dedicated to Burma and translated the Bible into the local language. Initially, he meant the gospel to go to the Burmese, but most of them didn’t accept it.

  • Mongolia: A New Spiritual Frontier

    Steve Otradovec
    February 18, 2019

    Mongolia may be often forgotten by the outside world, but its believers are crying out for the Holy Spirit to sweep their country like a powerful wind.

    A Deep Darkness

    During the World Challenge team’s time in Mongolia, we started discussing how deep-rooted cultural beliefs impact behavior with our new Mongolian friends.

    A member spoke up. “Here it’s believed that men shouldn’t show any emotional ‘weakness.’ Boys are taught to repress their emotions, which often leads to unhealthy relationships later in life.”

  • Tactics for Pastors Battling Depression and Thoughts of Suicide

    Rachel Chimits
    February 11, 2019
    Man sitting on steps with face in his hands

    We are posting this article on behalf of the recent events that took place at Real Life Church in California. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Jim Howard’s family and church who lost him to suicide after a long battle with mental illness.

    There’s a saying in ministry, “Higher levels, higher devils.”

    Gary Wilkerson, president of World Challenge, even stated, “I believe there’s more depression in America’s pastoral ministry than in other countries I visit.”

  • Rescued from a Congo Hospital

    Rachel Chimits
    January 30, 2019

    God reached one woman through the grace and love of a church.

    Wracked by a devastating war in 1998, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are still recovering in many ways, healing that has been delayed by corrupt government and militant groups.

    About 63 percent of the DRC’s population lives below the poverty line, despite the country’s wealth of natural resources. To make matters worse, the country has been afflicted by several Ebola outbreaks in the last year, some even as recent as this last December. 

    Heavy reliance on government and outside subsidizes has continued to undercut many of the Congolese people. 

    A Mother in Need 

    At the northeast end of DRC, in Beni’s Ndindi district, World Challenge’s partners are working to help the community become more self-sufficient. 

  • The Wisdom of Ages in India

    Rachel Chimits
    January 29, 2019

    As one woman in India learns about God, her entire village is changing. 

    “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge...” (Proverbs 1:5-7a ESV)

    It’s easy sometimes to forget how many scientific and medical advances were the work of men and women who were seeking God and the pattern of his fingerprints in nature and our own bodies.

    How easily we can lose sight of the almighty God behind technology and intellectual institutions. 

    Similarly, people who have come to know Christ from another religion have not always followed the thread of their new faith into the ordinary, everyday aspects of their lives.