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  • A Survivor of Chernobyl

    Rachel Chimits
    September 11, 2020

    In Russia and the former Soviet states, the word “liquidator” needs no explanation. These people are a mix of survivor, victim and hero.

    When the Chernobyl reactor blew highly radioactive graphite and ash across the nearby towns and forest, the Soviet government called in liquidators to contain the disaster.

  • A Golden Ribbon Day: Talking About Suicide

    Rachel Chimits
    September 10, 2020

    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and we wanted to recognize the struggle of many believers who deal with depression and suicidal ideation or have a loved one who does.

    Charles Spurgeon, the great evangelist and preacher, was a peculiar study in contradictions. For one, he took great delight in jokes. Victorian England was not the most amenable place for humor, particularly in the hallowed halls of church. In that case, Spurgeon was a most egregious offender.

  • Dressing Ourselves to Do Battle

    Rachel Chimits
    September 9, 2020

    We all want to do our best in conflict or crisis, but what do we do when we fall short or mess up at the critical moment?

    Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina is famous for its titular character, but it also follows a young man named Levin as he builds a marriage with a young woman named Kitty. Only two months after their wedding, Levin receives news that his brother is dying of tuberculosis.

  • Consumed From the Inside Out

    Rachel Chimits
    September 8, 2020

    One ministry in Kyrgyzstan works with tuberculosis patients to share with them the hope and healing message of Christ’s death and resurrection.

    In some cultures, tuberculosis (TB) is associated with witchcraft or familial curses. This is due in part to ignorance about how TB is spread and it often being associated with HIV, poverty, drug use, homelessness, imprisonment or being a refugee.

  • Does God Care if I’m a Coward?

    Rachel Chimits
    September 7, 2020

    While we all may admire people who demonstrate courage, we may find that we fall pretty far short ourselves, but are some people just made to be more courageous than others?

    Jo Saxton and Steph O’Brien talked on the Lead Stories Podcast about situations that require courage, likening them to standing outside someone’s door, knowing that you have to go in and tackle a hard or painful topic with them.

  • Loving the Foreigners as Ourselves

    Rachel Chimits
    September 3, 2020

    The world’s refugee crisis has only been buried by the pandemic news, but people seeking refuge from war and terror are still in need of help.

    The COVID-19 pandemic closed many countries’ borders to protect people, but this also left many refugees stranded, separated from other family members or stuck in camps with limited access to aid.

  • Orphans Choosing One Another

    Rachel Chimits
    September 1, 2020

    Two sisters have survived heartbreaking events and are drawing closer to one another as they trust God for a brighter future.

    Tara Winkler volunteered at an orphanage in Cambodia, excited to be able to help children in need. The longer she spent there, though, the more she began noticing strange things. Children were catching mice to eat because they were so hungry, despite money pouring in to support the organization.