Stories from the Field
World Challenge’s partners are finding creative ways to support and bless church leaders in some of the world’s countries that are most closed off to the West and any Christian influence.
*Sita’s husband had to find work, so like many people in their region, he went to Dubai. With its booming tourist economy, this major Middle Eastern city almost always had companies looking to hire. He went with another purpose, though; Sita’s husband was going to help a church in Dubai.
God placed a compassionate heart and indomitable will in one Bangladeshi woman and then revealed himself to her as the maker and sustainer of this servant’s heart.
Hasina was only 10 years old when her mother suddenly passed away. Caring for her younger sisters fell to her while their father was busy working and providing for the family. Hasina became her sisters’ mother, essentially, even helping with arranging their marriages before she finally married herself.
God saved a man while he was in jail for a heartbreaking crime, and the Lord is rebuilding his life now from the ground up.
In Paul’s letter to Titus, he strongly urged this church leader, “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us” (Titus 2:7-8, ESV).
While our partners were addressing a community’s need for water, God brought other needs to their attention too.
In Macedonia’s capital city, Skopje, many public squares and parks are marked by beautiful sculptures of mothers, fathers, daughters and sons. Two of my favorites are purportedly Aleksandar and his father.
In Central Asia, our partners are taking care to those who have been broken by a sinful world and showing them the hope of the gospel.
When our partners in India first met Saanvi* in March 2021, they could clearly see the cruel marks of oppression etched into every crease of her face. Her expressions were grim more often than not, but truthfully, her life had given her little to smile about.