World Challenge Stories

  • Beauty Through Pain

    Rachel Chimits

    “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

    You probably have thalassophobia, though you may not use that word to describe one of the world’s most common fears.

  • A Witchdoctor Comes to Christ

    Rachel Chimits

    India is a land of intense spiritual darkness, but in the midst of this, God is calling out his children to light and new life.

    “Shitala” in Sanskrit means “the one who cools,” and among the Hindu gods, she is believed to cure people of skin diseases and fevers, particularly children. Her day of worship comes right after Holi, the festival of love where people are called to forgive others and repair broken relationships.

  • Feet That Carry the Gospel

    Rachel Chimits

    World Challenge partners are working to make sure one very special Cambodian girl can make it through school. 

    When Rachana was a baby, her feet were unusually large. Her parents examined them then shrugged. They had no money to take her to a doctor, so like many Cambodian parents, they simply made do as best they could.

  • Living With Strange Wisdom

    Rachel Chimits

    The ways that believers approach money should be one of the most striking things that people outside of the church notice about us.

    In 1973, J. Paul Getty’s grandson was kidnapped and held for a $17 million ransom. The oil tycoon was, at that time, the richest man in the world. Despite this, he refused to pay anything to save his grandchild until another family member convinced him to at least contribute to the rescue.

  • Escaping the Lord’s Resistance Army

    Rachel Chimits

    One widow remembers her harrowing childhood being taken captive by Uganda’s LRA and then barely surviving a tragic accident in a refugee camp.

    How many of you remember the Kony2012 video?

    It was a call to action, a cry for us to stop the human rights violations and atrocities that the Lord’s Resistance Army was inflicting on central Africa. In a few days, the video garnered millions of views.

  • Two Versions of the Future

    Rachel Chimits

    “Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily…” (Luke 18:7-8 ESV).

    French has two forms of future tense: “l’avenir” and “le futur.”

    The first form refers to what will result from people’s actions in the present. The second is more ambiguous and open-ended because there are simply certain turns in future events that cannot be predicted.

  • A Cambodian Family in Christ

    Rachel Chimits

    God heard one woman’s prayers for what seemed like an impossible situation with her husband.

    The border of Cambodia has known decades of conflict as French colonialists, the kingdom of Siam and the Khmer Rouge swept the whole region like a deadly blaze.

    Throughout it all, many people clung to their traditional religion as the last bastion of their culture: Buddhism mixed with ancestor worship and animistic spirits.