Stories from the Field

  • Young Leaders Rising Up

    World Challenge Staff

    Reading, Pennsylvania might seem like the city to escape from for young people, but World Challenge’s partners are discipling youth leaders who are passionate about bringing God’s light to their city.

    Amid the ordinary news updates about Tik Tok challenges wreaking havoc on Reading, Pennsylvania’s schools is a far larger issue that looms over many of these students’ futures.

  • God in the Midst of Sorrow

    Rachel Chimits

    When tragedy strikes, we are often tempted to believe that God doesn’t love us, but World Challenge’s partners in Peru are working to show the Lord’s love to widows through the care of the church.

    Rosa married young and with hopes of building a vivacious family. In her community high in the mountains of Peru, a good home and many children were considered signs of divine blessing or the spirits looking upon you benevolently, depending on who you asked.

  • A Need for Acceptance

    Morgan Pracht

    World Challenge’s partners are working to build a meaningful community for widows in northern Egypt.

    For Talia*, a woman from a small village in northern Egypt, loneliness had become a way of life.

    Earlier this year, Talia lost her husband to COVID-19. He was healthy and young, so his death was unexpected. Life for a widow in the rural villages of Egypt is difficult under any circumstances, but the fact that Talia’s husband died of COVID-19 made it exponentially worse.

  • Neighbors Supporting a New Mother

    World Challenge Staff

    The church in South East Asia has gathered around one woman in a way that almost certainly saved her life.

    World Challenge’s partners in Bangladesh work in one of Dhaka’s small neighborhood communities where almost everyone is considered a lower caste Hindu. The people who live in the neighborhood are mostly poor day laborers making a living by shining shoes, selling cow and goat skins or driving trucks.

  • 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.

  • A Chain of Loss Redeemed

    Rachel Chimits

    Those who have experienced tremendous loss are finding God’s heart of compassion and healing within the church.

    World Challenge’s partners, Triumphant Mercy, in Lebanon met Nadira when she passed in front of their window at the new community center. She stopped and chatted with the center’s workers, asking them what they do. She started to share her grief and hopelessness, so they invited her to join their trauma healing group that had just started.