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  • Bucharest’s Lost Children

    Patrick Dow and Alicia Dow
    March 21, 2019

    Romania’s capital has an enormous orphan population desperately seeking their true Father.

    Nicky Cruz recently joined with Gary Wilkerson and the World Challenge team for a pastors’ conference as well as several city-wide crusades in Romania.

    While Nicky became very well known for his role in David Wilkerson’s life and later book and movie, The Cross and the Switchblade, he has spent decades since ministering to thousands of young people, addicts and broken families. 

    With his personal experience and compassion for those who have become lost on the streets, Nicky is ideally suited to reach them with God’s message of healing. 

    Inside One Woman’s Experience

    Romania has suffered from a years-long epidemic of sex trafficking and prostitution, especially among homeless street-kids. 

  • Haiti’s Growing Churches

    Benjamin Demblowski
    March 20, 2019

    God is awakening believers in Haiti to new ways that he wants to renovate their lives and work.

    Flying over Cap-Haïtien on one of Haiti’s breathlessly clear days reveals lush green mountain tops that effortlessly roll down into golden coastlines and gem-like tropical waters. At first glance, one would think this must be paradise. 

    However, the scene on the ground is a very different view. 

    Exiting the small airport, I was instantly mobbed by overly enthusiastic men frantically vying to take my luggage. They probably hoped that I’d let them escort me to my destination and capitalize on what they would consider a rich foreigner. 

  • Unseen in the Middle East

    Rachel Chimits
    March 19, 2019

    God is reaching out and caring for those who are considered a burden by their society.

    You are driving down a rural backroad in the Middle East. To pass through a check-point on the road, you must have cigarettes and spare change.

    The soldiers are friendly, smiling and waving through the car windows. They’ll accept the cigarettes and coins as ‘gifts’ and not ask too many questions as you drive through, especially if your car has a license plate from the right countries. 

    In town there are no sidewalks, no traffic signs, no lanes or parking rules. A faded yellow cab barrels down your side of the road as the driver lays on the horn and swerves around a donkey-drawn cart. Children dart between the cars like dragonflies. 

  • Tea for Freedom

    Andreas Steffensen
    March 18, 2019

    One man in Bangladesh found economic liberty with the help of godly community.

    Bangladesh’s minimium wage workers toil in grindingly difficult jobs for an average monthly salary that is the equivalent of $63.

    Amolla was one of these workers, supporting his family of six. If any of the children got sick, they had to visit a kabiraj, an unregistered medical practitioner.

    Then a World Challenge ministry partner started a local care group, and Amolla and his wife joined.

    Opening Up the Heart

    The care group helped the couple come to know God, but their poverty still deeply troubled Amolla. Up to this point, he had avoided openly discussing his problems.

  • A Vision for Macedonia

    March 15, 2019

    While many younger people are fleeing the Balkans, God is calling one World Challenge scholarship student and others like him back to their homeland.

    I come from east Macedonia, and I was raised up in a Christian family. All of my life, I’ve known who God is. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit when I was eleven and then baptized in water when I was fifteen. 

    Because I didn’t have Christian friends, though, I lived in the world. I started to gamble, drink and go to clubs with my friends. 

    I sat on two chairs, one in the world and one with God. I knew something was wrong, that I should change my life, but I liked having my own way. I told myself, ‘My father is a pastor, and every Sunday I sit in church, so I’m safe. I’m going to heaven.’  

  • Spiritual and Physical Bridges

    Rachel Chimits
    March 14, 2019

    God provided a practical answer to people’s incredible hunger for the Word.

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

    One rugged corner of Eswatini is known as Ngwempisi, after the river that carves through its hills. For many tourists to the region, the river is a kayaking attraction.

    However, for locals, it presents an often deadly obstacle. 

    Serious Dedication

    World Challenge’s partner in the Ngwempisi region wanted to create a revival of hope for the beleaguered local people. They announced a Sunday meeting and set up a tent beside the river, hoping to bless the area. 

  • Kings of the Court

    Rachel Chimits
    March 12, 2019

    “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).

    Chauncey LaBrie serves at the Calvary Worship Center as the prison and inner-city outreach pastor. 

    As leaders with huge hearts for their city, Chauncey and his wife, Jen, partnered with Catalyst Funding directors, Sarah Steffensen and Cory Ard, to help make their vision for WeighOut and increasing missional impact a reality.

    Two particular WeighOut ministries are creating a dynamic difference for people in Colorado Springs by connecting people and giving communities a voice and a safe space to have fun and care for one another. 

  • Becoming a Community Health Evangelist

    World Challenge Staff
    March 11, 2019

    “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him” (Colossians 3:10 NLT).

    These words from Paul have inspired a world-wide movement that wants to find how God changes and renews every part of life. 

    World Challenge offers TOT1 vision seminars globally that explore the theology and practical application of holistic ministry. A major part of this is not only the week-long seminar but also giving participants access to thousands of community health lessons, resources and global connections.

    In order to create sustainable transformation in missions work, we have to re-engineer how we approach community issues.

  • Uganda’s Steadfast Mother

    Rachel Chimits
    March 8, 2019

    After twelve years of suffering, one women's life was redeemed and renovated by God, and she became a community leader.

    The Second Congo War was one of the deadliest conflicts worldwide since World War II, and its impact has rippled through Africa long after its official end in 2003.

    Although the war was technically centered around the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many other east African countries felt the shock waves in the forms of desperate famine and economic depression, including Uganda.

  • India's Water of Life

    Rachel Chimits
    March 7, 2019

    One man’s terrible illness becomes a story of hope to his entire village.

    According to an international survey and study organization, “Diseases due to poor drinking-water access, unimproved sanitation, and poor hygiene practices cause 4.0 percent of all deaths and 5.7 percent of all disability or ill health in the world.”

    For perspective, 4 percent of the world’s 7.7 billion people equals over 300 million deaths due to bad water. This is compounded by pollution coming from fertilizers and pesticides in farming areas.