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  • Expanding in Swaziland

    Rachel Chimits
    January 28, 2019

    The gospel is spreading through Africa’s smallest country in new and innovative ways.

    Eswatini, which was known as Swaziland until its king changed the name last year, is a country in southern Africa about the size of Massachusetts andwhere many of its people live in poverty and fear of HIV.  

    Frustration with the lack of improvements promised by Eswatini’s government has mounted in recent years. World Challenge’s partners, however, have put their hope for change in God’s work in their neighbors’ hearts and outlook on life.

    In the northern highlands, the team was already running a children’s home and farm, but they were looking for a way to increase their blessings on the community.

  • The God Who Cares

    Steve Otradovec
    January 25, 2019

    “Evangelism without social action is irrelevant to human need, and social action without evangelism is flowers without fruit.” —Dr. Gordon Moyes

    In a Northern village of Cambodia, not far from the Thai border, the World Challenge poverty solutions team was at work to change people’s perception of the gospel. 

    In this training, the team emphasized that God’s word offers life-changing solutions to real-life situations and challenges. 

    Kimhourn, a young farmer in the area with a strong work ethic, was at the meeting and listening intently. He’d been vocal about his struggles to raise healthy chickens that were a key source of protein for his family. "Many of my chickens die every season,” he lamented. “I'm really upset because I don't know why.”

  • Once Sealed. Now a Mission Field!

    Benjamin Demblowski
    January 21, 2019

    A once-closed door is open! God has opened it for Christians like you and me, in America, to help transform Cuba for Christ. Decades of socialism and tight government control left many Cuban men and women helpless to solve their own problems. Yet God has a very different plan for the nation of Cuba.

    Over the past several months, several pastors have caught a God-sized vision for the future of Cuba. They began working to bring economic and social rejuvenation to their depressed communities. They’re sharing it with their house churches, the place where godly change begins . . . and spreading it.

  • Making a Legacy

    Rachel Chimits
    January 16, 2019

    "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28 NLT)

    Gen Z—the generation following millennials—is the least Christian generation to date, according to a new Barna study. Thirty-four percent of Gen Z’s religious affiliation is either atheist, agnostic or none.

    Not only that, but one-quarter of Gen Z (24%) strongly agrees that what is morally right and wrong changesover time. For example, the study shows that only a third of Gen Z-ers believe lying is immoral. 

  • Continuing to Pray for California

    Rachel Chimits
    January 15, 2019

    “The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (Psalms 34:17-18 NLT).

    Since the Golden State’s fires have been contained, they have also died down in the news, but for thousands of displaced people, the tragedy is anything but over.

    The Camp Fire, Carr Fire, Woolsey Fire, Ranch Fire in Mendocino, and Ferguson Fire are more than mere names or former news reels for thousands of people who have lost homes or loved ones.

    Reports have been estimating that just under two million acres were burned. Houses and buildings destroyed numbered in the tens of thousands. Whole neighborhoods seemed as if they had simply been wiped away.

  • Blerta Kamberi: Loving Albania

    Rachel Chimits
    January 10, 2019

    God is raising up leaders to help heal his people in the Balkans.

    Loving society’s most marginalized can often feel like an overwhelming task, but for Blerta Kamberi, it has become her heart’s desire and her full-time job. 

    Blerta is a leader of CHE Albania, one of World Challenge’s ministry partners in the Balkans, and she focuses on serving the Roma community, sometimes called gypsies. 

    How did you become involved in ministry?

    During my college studies I was always praying for my future job, wondering where I would go. I trusted God had the right one ready for me. 

    When I graduated, Fida—a Finnish NGO (non-government organization or non-profit)— offered me a job. It worked with my home church in Tirana, so I thought ‘well, why not?’ and took the opportunity.

  • New Leaders in Uganda

    Rachel Chimits
    January 3, 2019

    God has opened the door for his Word to change the landscape of Uganda.

    Three months ago marked Uganda’s 56th independence anniversary, but recently a retired diplomat told Uganda’s Daily Monitor that the country is as troubled as ever by government corruption, tribalism and poverty

    While some are crying for new civil servants to improve Uganda’s conditions, others are taking action to spread God’s healing message and train up locals at a grassroots level. 

    Incredible Growth

    Churches in Uganda are being planted with amazing speed. 

  • To Write of God’s Love

    Natasha Likollari
    December 29, 2018

    God’s answer to the hidden desire of one Roma woman’s heart.

    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. 

    These are not the only obstacles for members of the community. Lack of education and illiteracy is another, particularly for those who have aged out of the school system.

    In response to this often unseen community, World Challenge partners with local ministries and churches that are working with the Roma people to find solutions. 

    Looking at the Past

    In an Albanian Roma community, a girl was getting married. 

  • Life Transformed

    Rachel Chimits
    December 27, 2018

    Making inroads with a Muslim neighborhood through community classes.

    With a population of about 164 million people, Bangladesh is one of the most unreached countries in the world, with 88 percent of people being Sunni Muslims and another 10 percent being Hindu. 

    The country’s official state religion is Islam, and although they have laws to uphold religious freedom, cases of harassment and violence toward non-Muslim individuals or organizations are frequently reported.

    The potential danger hasn’t stopped World Challenge partners who want to offer relief and education to those caught in desperate poverty.

    One partner* describes his experience: 

  • A Land of Crossroads

    Anna Kozlyuk
    December 20, 2018

    Great opportunities for redemption and growth are opening in the Balkans.

    The Balkans are a place where the East meets the West, Islam meets Christianity, Orthodoxy meets Catholicism, and Communism—at one point—met Democracy. 

    This area which contains Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, as well as parts of Greece, Turkey and Romania has been a historic crossroads for empires, armies and dictators for centuries. 

    War has ripped apart neighborhoods, religion has segregated towns, and politics has split families. Here, there are broken and hurting people that long to be a part of a community...any community.

    At World Challenge, we believe that among all of these divisions God can and will bring unity.