refugees

Persecuted but Not Abandoned

Andreas Steffensen

An Afghan Christian family flees from the Taliban and finds hope in a new place, thanks to World Challenge’s partners in the Middle East.

When Nelum* discovered that her husband, Amjad*, an Afghan worker and father of three, secretly was reading the Bible every day after work, she was shocked and frightened. How could he risk their future and their very lives studying the book of a banned, foreign religion?

Those Who Love God in Afghanistan

World Challenge Staff

World Challenge partners are working to help those believers who are facing an uncertain future after their nation fell to the Taliban.

Few of us will be able to sponge away the images of desperate Afghans clinging to the landing gear of planes taxiing down Kabul’s airport runways. Some chose to fall to their deaths rather than be trapped in a country that was swiftly being taken over by the Taliban.

Seeking God in a Foreign Land

Andreas Steffensen

God is reaching refugees from all camps in Turkey through World Challenge’s partners as these families dream of returning home.

“The Kurds are sometimes called the world’s largest nation without its own independent state.” The Economist reported this spring, “Some 30m or [sic] them are scattered mostly across Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.

Lashes that Brought Us to Christ

Andreas Steffensen

Christ reached one young man through a violent interrogation at the hands of those who claimed to follow the same god as him.

One of the highlights on any development trip abroad is the chance to meet the people we’re helping and working alongside. This most recent time in Turkey, I was able to visit several refugees’ homes and hear stories of how they escaped Syria and came to faith in Christ.

A Hope and a Future

Rachel Chimits

The Middle East is filled with refugees right now who are seeking safety, and the church is providing places for those who have lost their homes to heal and rest.

Like ministries all over the world, World Challenge’s partners in Israel were very much affected by the pandemic. One team who works with refugees in Northern Israel had over 30 women and children in their shelter on lockdown, and it was very challenging to minister to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. 

The Children of Spring

Rachel Chimits

World Challenge’s partners are working to help the children of Middle Eastern refugees with educational aid and food.

The Arab Spring in the early 2010s may seem like a distant memory for those outside of the Middle East, but for many Syrians, it still looms large over everyday life.