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  • Single Dads in Eastern Europe

    Anna Kozlyuk
    September 22, 2020

    God is providing for two single-parent families in ways that neither could have predicted only a few short years ago.

    Life has been hard for parents this year with the COVID-19 pandemic closing parks and schools. For those unused to having their children home all day long and for kids who suddenly found themselves stuck indoors day after day, the lockdowns proved to be a tough and, in some cases, discouraging season.

  • Block 38’s Cleanliness Campaign

    Rachel Chimits
    September 21, 2020

    One community in the Philippines banded together to transform their neighborhood so successfully that even their city's government took notice.

    Block 38 is a lively, urban-poor community located in Mandaluyong City. The neighborhood is congested with more than 16,000 citizens crowded into narrow lanes and small houses. 

    Crooked alleyways are crammed with sari-sari stories, food stalls and packs of children running between pedestrian traffic.

  • When Rivers Move Mountains

    Rachel Chimits
    September 18, 2020

    We might feel like we have no impact on the world at large or even the people and events around us, but we must never underestimate what God may be doing through us, if we’re following his lead.

    Perhaps one of the greatest influences on Martin Luther’s life was a man named Johannes von Staupitz, the vicar-general of the Augustinian order and Luther’s confessor.

  • The Courage of an Ambassador

    World Challenge Staff
    September 17, 2020

    Several believers in Kyrgyzstan are learning how to be a more powerful witness in their communities as they work to bless their neighbors.

    When a drop falls into still water, it creates circles far bigger than the size of a drop itself. We want to tell you a story of one little drop named Dilaram*.

  • The Love of Compassion and Charity

    Rachel Chimits
    September 15, 2020

    In Kenya, some children are finding a safe place to stay and go to school thanks to World Challenge’s partners.

    Agape Hope Children Center was established to take care of orphans and other vulnerable youngsters in Nairobi, Kenya. Close to 150 children live at the orphanage and are educated at the center’s school. Another 500 children are part of the food program, and World Challenge’s support has empowered the center to impact the lives of the whole community.

  • Go Down to the Valley

    Rachel Chimits
    September 14, 2020

    We often talk about and praise mountaintop experiences, but what if we prized walking through the valleys just as much?

    In 1 Kings, Israel had just won a monumental victory against their enemies. God had promised them that he would hand these attacking nations over to them, but that might’ve been easy to forget in the wake of the battle. This wasn’t the end of their troubles, though.

  • A Survivor of Chernobyl

    Rachel Chimits
    September 11, 2020

    In Russia and the former Soviet states, the word “liquidator” needs no explanation. These people are a mix of survivor, victim and hero.

    When the Chernobyl reactor blew highly radioactive graphite and ash across the nearby towns and forest, the Soviet government called in liquidators to contain the disaster.

  • A Golden Ribbon Day: Talking About Suicide

    Rachel Chimits
    September 10, 2020

    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and we wanted to recognize the struggle of many believers who deal with depression and suicidal ideation or have a loved one who does.

    Charles Spurgeon, the great evangelist and preacher, was a peculiar study in contradictions. For one, he took great delight in jokes. Victorian England was not the most amenable place for humor, particularly in the hallowed halls of church. In that case, Spurgeon was a most egregious offender.