World Challenge Stories

  • New Life on the Mountaintops

    Benjamin Demblowski

    God’s work in Haiti’s remote villages is spreading through local teams and people’s invested interest in new life in Christ.

    The Haitian mountainside had to be around 115 degrees when you factor in the heat index. My shirt looked like I had just walked through a thunderstorm downpour, but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

  • Making Relationships Good and Godly

    Rachel Chimits

    “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” —Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    I dislike this opening line in one of my otherwise favorite books. In reality, dysfunctional human dynamics are far less unique and easier to acquire than happy, healthy ones.

    All you need is sin and selfishness. Et voilà, a pain-riddled relationship.

  • Building a Bamboo Bridge

    Evelyn Olaes

    The people of one village were motivated by the idea of God’s care for them to take on a major project and improve their home.

    The tiny village Sitio Gulod literally means “hilltop.” The ivy-covered, stone walls around the town overlook lush fields and dense jungle which hum with the constant symphony of insects and birds. The dirt roads are muddy more often than not and sometimes are even below standing water.

  • A River Versus a Stone

    World Challenge Staff

    Merushe didn’t want to go to some Christian church. She’d been a Muslim all her life, and she’d die a Muslim.

    There was just one little problem: the church had children services with skits and stories from their Bible, and her darling granddaughter loved it.

    What was a poor Muslim grandmother to do?

    She’d endure anything for her sweet mbesë, even these Christians.

  • Guides Needed: Please Apply in Life

    Rachel Chimits

    At the very beginning, God made all humans with two very important requirements, whether we like it or not.

    Southwest of Colorado Springs is a hill simply known to many as “the Incline.”

    Originally a railway track, the wooden ties form a rough-hewn stairway and a grueling climb that gains over 2,000 feet of elevation—topping at 8,600 feet above sea level—in under a mile. It has become a popular destination for Olympians, military cadets and fitness enthusiasts.

  • Treasuring the Small Beginnings

    Rachel Chimits

    Even if God asks us to do something that seems small or dangerous or just plain strange, we will miss out on spectacular results if we fail to follow his call.

    Most people are probably not familiar with Zerubbabel. He doesn’t typically feature in the Sunday school Bible lessons alongside Noah, Moses and Jesus.