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  • When Disappointment is Good

    Rachel Chimits
    July 9, 2019

    Nothing seems more undesirable than hard times and unanswered questions, but God always has a plan and purpose for these moments in his children’s lives.

    Disappointment seems like the gateway emotion to a lot of worse ones: bitterness, anger, depression and more. By that logic, God wouldn’t want Christians to experience disappointment. Why expose us to what only breeds bad things in our hearts?

    The only problem is that Jesus regularly disappointed people.

  • Cambodia’s God of Life and Peace

    Rachel Chimits
    July 5, 2019

    After the horrific atrocities inflicted by the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia’s people are looking for the author of healing and new life.

    The Khmer Rouge was one of the most brutal episodes in human history.

    Communist dictator Pol Pot decided, in the wake of the Vietnam War, that Cambodia needed to become a socialist paradise, independent from all outside influences.

  • Making a Multi-Generational Church

    Rachel Chimits
    July 4, 2019

    Church leaders in Brazil are looking for ways to build up children and teenagers as vital ministry workers. 

    The ministry of Jacob’s Well extends throughout northern Brazil, sharing the gospel alongside helping people get access to the clean water but also teaching them new agricultural practices, hygiene lessons and other community skills.

    Reading lessons are one of their programs, meant to combat the high levels of illiteracy in Brazil’s rural areas. 

  • Training Pastors in Kenya

    Rachel Chimits
    July 3, 2019

    Church leaders in sub-Saharan Africa are hungry to know more about God’s Word and how to help their communities.

    The words “Bible school” may invoke images of college-like campuses, solemn meetings between scholars and chapel prayer times.

    For some in the West, this may be the only way they’ve seen or heard of theological training be done, but for many church leaders in other parts of the world, the experience is quite different.

  • Arrested in the Church: Part 2

    Rachel Chimits
    June 27, 2019

    Finally free from Kenyan jail, one World Challenge partner is still faced with overwhelming prejudice and the grindingly slow refugee process.

    The police who had dragged Abdi out of church took him to his house first. More police and investigators arrived, and they combed his house while they held him at gunpoint.

  • Arrested in the Church: Part 1

    Rachel Chimits
    June 26, 2019

    One Somali man had an incredible journey from being an agnostic refugee to being redeemed by Christ and becoming a World Challenge partner.

    As the church service drew to a close, Abdi noticed several men closing in on him. They pushed through the normal Easter crowd until they were in ring around him, and one tried to grab his arm.

    “What are you doing?” he asked, uneasy. “Who are you?”

    “We need you to come outside with us.”