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  • Protecting Mothers and the Unborn

    Rachel Chimits
    May 22, 2019

    In the Philippines, church workers are helping educate pregnant women about how to keep themselves and their babies healthy.

    Pregnancy usually means extra doctor visits to make sure the mother and baby stay healthy.

    Some women, however, don’t have this option because either they live in a remote village or it’s not traditional practice. They often don’t realize the many health benefits that preventative care can offer both them and their child.

  • The Problem of Happiness

    Rachel Chimits
    May 21, 2019

    “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy, and at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11 ESV).

    In her 2011 book, Ellen DeGeneres said, "…the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself. Happiness comes from within. You have the power to change your own mindset so that all the negative, horrible thoughts that try to invade your psyche are replaced with happy, positive, wonderful thoughts."

  • Returning Home

    World Challenge Staff
    May 20, 2019

    Many young, educated Albanians leave their homeland in search of a better life, and Vera intended to be no different until she met God.

    Mynevere Saliu, more often called Vera by friends and family, was born into a Muslim Roma family in the city Peqin. 

  • A Vision for Kenya

    Irene Life
    May 15, 2019

    The callings of God on our lives can seem impossible, but one girl’s story is a testament to God laying out his path before us.

    Back in 2017, I was napping and had a vision. It was so vivid, I don’t know what else to call it. I saw myself in front of a board meeting, and I was talking to them about kids and fund raising.

    I woke up and quickly said, “God, that’s not me. That’s my brother.”

  • Pray for the Worldwide Church

    Rachel Chimits
    May 14, 2019

    Pummeled with constant news about crises, it becomes tempting to simply ignore the persecution of our brothers and sisters around the world.

    In a sermon at Times Square Church, Pastor Carter Conlon pointed out, “Many today find themselves journeying through this season of despair….

  • Disciples Who Make Disciples

    Andreas Steffensen
    May 13, 2019

    God makes a way for his children and gives them his favor, no matter how desperate their situation.

    In Acts chapter 3, Peter and John are entering the temple, and a lame beggar asks them for money. Peter responds, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you.”

    Pause there. This is a very strange response.

  • A School for Christ

    Rachel Chimits
    May 9, 2019

    Two church leaders in El Salvador were moved to help the country’s children and build toward a better future.

    In 1961, John and Lois Bueno were invited to El Salvador to become the pastors of Centro Evangelistico Church. 

    They left their home in California and moved to El Salvador’s capital to start a new life and ministry, hardly guessing the magnitude of the plans God had in store for them.