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  • Escaping the Lord’s Resistance Army

    Rachel Chimits
    September 12, 2019

    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
    September 11, 2019

    “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
    September 10, 2019

    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.

  • From Abandoned to Adored Daughter

    Rachel Chimits
    September 5, 2019

    A young woman trying to find her own freedom instead discovered that she couldn't escape her family's sorrows without God's help.

    The Teen Challenge in Eswatini is dedicated to not only helping those struggling with addictions to recover, but also helping them reconnect with their families and children.

  • Should Church Be the Lord’s Gym?

    Rachel Chimits
    September 4, 2019

    Many believers have a spotty history with fitness, and the Bible says nearly nothing about it, so Christians often struggle with how they should approach this aspect of care for our bodies. 

    “Lord’s Gym: Bench Press This!”

    Seeing this 90s t-shirt’s logo of Jesus bench-pressing the cross was the first time I’d ever really thought about God and working out, mostly because Christ in the illustration was…well, extremely buff.

  • Overcoming Strife With Generosity

    Rachel Chimits
    September 3, 2019

    One Filipino church’s rough start in their new community turned out to be a perfect blessing for opening people’s hearts to God’s truth.

    World Challenge partners’ work in the Philippines has sought to show people how they can have godly community through education and relationships.

    A huge part of this has been helping people see how salvation should affect not only their own lives but also their families and neighborhoods.